In The News

May 18, 2016--Whitewater seekers might get crack at Dolores River (Durango Herald)

Whitewater enthusiasts just might be able to run the lower Dolores River in late May – including over Memorial Day weekend. The Dolores Water Conservancy District announced on its website on Monday that recent heavy precipitation, including what’s in the forecast for this week, would likely fill McPhee Reservoir and allow for a boating release.


May 18, 2016--Trout Unlimited, MSI launch Animas River monitoring following Gold King spill (Pagosa Daily Post)

Trout Unlimited, Mountain Studies Institute and partners yesterday announced plans for a multi-year monitoring of the Animas River to gauge the overall health of the Animas River and whether the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 is impacting aquatic health in the world-class trout waters through Durango. “We’re lucky that our community’s Gold Medal trout fishery wasn&rsqu


May 17, 2016--EPA gives La Plata County a check for another $63,000 (Durango Herald)

In the ongoing quest that is pursuing reimbursement from the Environmental Protection Agency for Gold King Mine spill expenses, another $63,406 is coming to La Plata County. The funds are allocated to “direct expenses” related to the spill. “The good news is that we have $63,000 more than we had yesterday,” County Commissioner Julie Westendorff said.


May 17, 2016--What can the American Dipper tell us about the Animas River? (Durango Herald)

It was John Muir’s favorite bird. “He is the mountain streams’ own darling, the humming-bird of blooming waters, loving rocky ripple-slopes and sheets of foam as a bee loves flowers, as a lark loves sunshine and meadows,” he wrote in 1894. On and off for 30 years, Muir, regarded as America’s most influential naturalist, noted the American