Southern Ute Indian Tribe

September 15, 2016--Lake Nighthorse to Dryside pipeline construction begins (Durango Herald)

Standing on a slope above Lake Nighthorse on a sunny Wednesday morning, La Plata Water Conservancy District President Brice Lee told a crowd of about 50 water stakeholders, “Water is like geological time. It goes on and on.” For decades, water storage and supply infrastructure in Southwestern Colorado have been slow-moving, underfunded dreams.


April 6, 2016--Efforts to bring Lake Nighthorse water to the thirsty begin (Durango Herald)

After years of planning, a key constituent to water security in southwest La Plata County is on its way. A 4.6-mile pipeline that will carry water from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango went to bid March 31, and construction is expected to start within a month. “That side of the county really needs help, and that’s what La Plata West is going to do,” said Mardi Gebhard


February 9, 2016--Lake Nighthorse assessment available soon for comment (Cortez Journal)

An environmental assessment and other documentation on Lake Nighthorse may soon be available for public review and comment, bringing residents a step closer to recreational use, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials say. Kathleen Ozga, resource division manager for the Bureau of Reclamation Western Colorado Area Office, said the comment period will last 30 days.


November 5, 2015--EPA working through Gold King Mine spill reimbursements (Cortez Journal)

La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe may have as many as 180 additional days to reach an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency on reimbursement for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill. The county and the tribe said last week that EPA headquarters in Washington hadn’t responded to multiple requests for an extension. Sens.


September 11, 2015--S. Utes: Spill costs at $200K (Durango Herald)

The price tag for the Gold King Mine disaster has reached about $200,000 for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and additional expenditures are likely. Southern Ute Chairman Clement Frost announced the financial setback to tribal coffers when addressing the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs on Thursday. The commission held its quarterly meeting at the Leonard C.


August 15, 2015--Could this happen in the Pine River? (Pine River Times)

Can three million gallons of toxic waste spill into the Pine/Los Pinos River? Or could another spill in the Animas River reach here? No. First, the Pine River drainage is separate from the Animas River drainage, with Missionary Ridge serving as the natural dividing line between the two. The Aug.


February 10, 2015--Lake Nighthorse construction likely this summer (Durango Herald)

Construction on some facilities at Lake Nighthorse could start this summer, after the Ute tribes expressed support for recreation. The letters of support will allow the Bureau of Reclamation to complete an environmental assessment, which is required for any construction to take place, said the Cathy Metz, Durango’s parks and recreation director.


December 9, 2014--Reclamation announces Animas-La Plata Project contract negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe (USBOR)

Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will initiate negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project.


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