Press Clippings

May 22, 2016--Post-Gold King power shift: EPA moves in, local river groups seek role (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency's push toward a Superfund cleanup of mines poisoning the Animas River brings a power shift — one that worries newly energized Colorado watershed groups seeking an active role. For two decades, the local Animas River Stakeholder Group drove efforts to deal with acid metals draining from the hundreds of mines drilled into mountains above Silverto


May 21, 2016--White House drought strategy will help Southwest (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought has taken a record toll on the western United States. The 16-year drought we are experiencing (with no end in sight) affects millions of Americans and poses a serious threat to local communities. From farmers who need water to irrigate crops to families that rely on healthy waterways for jobs and recreation, to wildlife and ecosystems — nearly everyone and ev


May 20, 2016--A drying trend forecast for the Southwest (Inkstain)

Today’s long lead outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is enough to make a southwestern water manager long a second consecutive busted forecast. With La Niña in the offing, the forcast  shows creeping brown across the Four Corners states by August and not letting up until late spring of 2017.


May 19, 2016--‘Early warning signal’: Lake Mead hits historic low (Las Vegas Sun)

Lake Mead’s surface Wednesday evening hit its lowest level since the man-made reservoir was created by the building of the Hoover Dam in 1935. The surface of the lake — a critical source of water for Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico — is expected to drop lower in the coming weeks, but rebound before the beginning of next year, when jurisdictions would be asked to ac


May 18, 2016--Gold King Mine spill issues dissected at conference (Durango Herald)

 About 130 people gathered for the first day of a mining conference aimed at better understanding the environmental conditions facing the Animas and San Juan rivers. Hosted by the New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute, various local and municipal agencies throughout three states, two Native American tribes and three Environmental Protection Agency regions attended sessions


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


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