Animas River

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 19, 2014--City’s smelly situation (Durango Herald)

Proposed sewer plant upgrades carry a price tag of $55 million, according to engineers hired to advise Durango City Council.In addition to the staggering estimate, the construction must be completed by December 2017 to meet state regulations for higher water quality.Currently, the plant is releasing more nitrogen and phosphorous into the Animas River than the new regulations allow.If the


Water Quality to Improve on the Animas River

According to a Durango Herald article, in 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to plug the abandoned Red Bonita mine near Silverton in an effort to help reduce the flow of heavy metals draining into Cement Creek, which ultimately flows into the Animas River.

September 27, 2014--EPA to plug polluted mine in Silverton (Durango Herald)

Poisonous metals flow from many abandoned mines near Silverton, but in 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to address one that is draining hundreds of gallons of toxins a minute into the watershed.


September 13, 2014--Deadline softens for city of Aztec to fix Animas River intake (Daily Times)

Officials have softened the Oct. 31 deadline for the City of Aztec to construct a permanent solution in the Animas River to help feed the city's sole river intake for drinking water. Last winter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the deadline after the city applied for a permit to construct a rock diversion dike in the Animas River.


Durango’s New Whitewater Park Opens

The Whitewater Park in-stream construction that began November 2, 2013, is finished and opened on April 18th.  Features of the $1 million project include eddies, flow deflectors, and four bank-to-bank drop features that create large rapids, said Scott Shipley, Olympic paddler and designer of Durango’s Whitewater Park.


June 5, 2014--Snowpack in Southwest Colorado all but gone (Durango Herald)

The snowpack in the watershed emptied by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers is fading fast, the last report of the year by the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows. The only basin with less snowpack than the four-river watershed as of June 1 was the Upper Rio Grande.


June 2, 2014--Whitewater Park makes waves (Durango Herald)

The Whitewater Park in-stream construction that began Nov. 2, 2013, is finished and open for river. The features include eddies, flow deflectors, and four bank-to-bank drop features that create large rapids, said Scott Shipley, Olympic paddler and designer of Durango’s Whitewater Park.


June 2, 2014--Raging Animas River keeps first-responders busy (Durango Herald)

While considerably less than the record high of 8,120 cubic feet per second of 1920, the Animas River measured at 4,910 cfs Sunday morning, enough to keep some professional guides searching for smoother sailing.


May 27, 2014--How healthy is the Animas River? (Cortez Journal)

The swiftly flowing Animas River ran turbid here Monday, but that was the least of Melissa May’s concerns as she dipped water samples to be analyzed for various qualities. The main focus of the San Juan Watershed Group research is E. coli and nutrients – nitrogen and phosphorus. Certain strains of the former can cause nausea, fever and vomiting.


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