Animas River

July 23, 2013--Water security in a dry land (Durango Herald)

How do you plan for 20,000 additional residents expected during the next 20 years? In the arid Southwest, Durango is getting water-storage rights to Lake Nighthorse with plans to formalize an agreement next month that will cost the city $6 million.

July 20, 2013--Durango gets $1.08M in grants to upgrade wastewater system (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant was awarded two grants totaling $1.08 million from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, officials said Friday. The funding will go toward upgrading the sewer system for nutrient removal to comply with state regulations on effluent limits and water quality in the Animas River watershed.

July 18, 2013--Drought is taking toll on ranchers and farmers (Durango Herald)

As we approach the midpoint of summer, the results of the drought are really starting to show their effects to the farmers and ranchers of Southwest Colorado. Because of limited or no irrigation water this year for crops and hay fields, many fields will not produce any forage for hay or grazing. This lack of feed is leaving livestock owners looking at some hard decisions for the coming winter.

July 3, 2013--City wants you to cut water use (Durango Herald)

Shorten shower time by 2 minutes or bathe with a significant other. Put a brick in the toilet tank. Wash only full loads of laundry. Water the grass less. However you do it, the city of Durango would like you to cut back your water usage by 10 percent.

June 7, 2013--No snow, weak flow lowers hope (Durango Herald)

An anemic snowpack in the southern San Juan Mountains this past winter is going to leave Southwest Colorado and the Upper Rio Grande basin to the east with stream flows well below average, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reports. The outlook contrasts markedly with what the northern tier of the state can expect, the agency said in its June report.

May 1, 2013--Parting of the waves (Durango Herald)

In simpler and perhaps less environmentally sensitive times of the mid-1970s, a whitewater enthusiast drove a bulldozer into the Animas River to push a boulder downstream and remove an obstruction for sports like kayaking and rafting, says longtime paddler John Brennan.

April 4, 2013--Through the river’s eyes (Durango Herald)

A pair of Fort Lewis College students have turned a 35-day exploration of the Animas River, from its headwaters north of Silverton to Lake Powell, into a 90-minute documentary. Stephen Witherspoon and Greg Cairns are the producers and directors of “The Current,” which will have its premiere Wednesday at The Back Space Theatre.

December 30, 2012--U.S. Forest Service files to confirm water rights (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Forest Service has filed an application to perfect a portion of the Animas Service Area water right owned by La Plata County and the Southwestern Water Conservation District. The Forest Service filed the application in District Court, Water Division 7, on Nov.

New EPA Interpretation May Yield Higher Water Quality via Mine Cleanup Efforts

There are about 7,300 abandoned hard-rock mines in Colorado and a large percentage of them now drain toxic substances.

Local River Flows Lowest on Record

According to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Animas River flows in November were the lowest in 102 years of record keeping at just 9,209 acre-feet (af). Rege Leach, Division engineer in Durango, indicated the second-lowest flows occurred in 1934 with 9,374 af.

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