In The News

October 29, 2014--New river water samples to be tested for human waste (Daily Times)

A local environmental group this week finished collecting samples as part of a long-term study that already suggests septic waste may be seeping from sewage systems or being dumped from San Juan County into the San Juan and Animas rivers. The two-year study includes samples collected from five sites along the two rivers in and just outside the county.


October 29, 2014--First kokanee spawning at Nighthorse (Durango Herald)

From a platform tethered 100 feet offshore, members of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife team spawned kokanee salmon in Lake Nighthorse for the first time. Members of this first graduating class of kokanee were stocked as fingerlings in 2010. Stocking 75,000 kokanee each year since means spawning will occur annually.


October 29, 2014--Durango wastewater-plant repair deadline extends (Durango Herald)

The Durango wastewater-treatment plant will not have to make millions of dollars worth of improvements by 2017 to meet new clean water guidelines, after negotiations with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


October 28, 2014--World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage (Environmental News Network)

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France; Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value / year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing population.


October 28, 2014-- $300K grant to address pollution cleanup of Little Colorado River (White Mountain Independent)

Two grants totaling $327,000 have been awarded to address polluted runoff into the Little Colorado River area of Apache County. The grants are two of eight in Arizona this year administered by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Improvement Grant program to address polluted runoff from many different sources.