Animas River

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.

December 13, 2012--New flexibility may aid mine cleanup (Durango Herald)

Another bureaucratic hurdle in the cleanup of the Animas River was broken down Wednesday, with a new interpretation of environmental policy from the Environmental Protection Agency. In a call with news media, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., announced that the EPA would loosen restrictions on “good Samaritans” looking to clean up abandoned hard-rock mines throughout the West.

December 7, 2012--Nov.’s Animas flow lowest on record (Durango Herald)

It’s no wonder the Animas River looks like a trickle. The total flow in the Animas through Durango during November was 9,209 acre-feet, the lowest in 102 years of records, Rege Leach, the state Division of Water Resources engineer in Durango, said Thursday. The second-lowest flow in the Animas was in 1934, when 9,374 acre-feet flowed through Durango, Leach said.

November 17, 2012--EPA says metals in Animas a danger to wildlife (Durango Herald)

Concentrations of metals in the upper Animas River and its main tributaries, Cement and Mineral creeks, pose problems for invertebrates, fish and the animals that prey on them, an Environmental Protection Agency study finds. The study is a draft, and the conclusions are conservative, the report says.

October 31, 2012--Water 2012 visits Southwest Basin (Alamosa News)

Southwestern Colorado’s rivers are unique in that many of the rivers and tributaries flow from north to south and are administered as independent river systems. This is due to the fact that many, such as the Navajo, Blanco, Piedra, Pine, Florida, Animas, La Plata, and Mancos Rivers, are tributary to the San Juan River in New Mexico or just upstream of the state line.

October 20, 2012--Zinks win environmental award for wetlands work (Durango Herald)

The Colorado Riparian Association has awarded Patti and Ed Zink its Excellence in Riparian Management award for 2012. The recognition reflects the couple’s environmental stewardship, community service and their hours of volunteer time.

October 19, 2012--River group seeks solution (Durango Herald)

The Animas River Stakeholders Group is turning to the brilliant minds of the world to find a solution to controlling toxic waste leaking from abandoned hard-rock mines around Silverton.

October 17, 2012--Workshop takes the pulse of the Animas River (Durango Herald)

Two hundred people involved in water-quality issues from Silverton to Northern New Mexico described projects, compared notes and asked questions of others Tuesday. The occasion was the Four Corners River Health Workshop sponsored by the New Mexico Environment Department in collaboration with the Animas Watershed Partnership and the San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District.

September 21, 2012--Study puts higher price on Cement Creek cleanup (Durango Herald)

Building a treatment plant to remove heavy metals from abandoned mines along Cement Creek may cost $6.5 million, and operating it could cost another $910,000 a year, according to a Sunnyside Gold Corp. consultant. Sunnyside Gold Corp.

September 12, 2012--Who’s consuming the most water in Durango? (Durango Herald)

Fall is finally providing some relief after a summer when drought sent half the counties in the United States into disaster status. Images of dry river beds, parched fields and kernel-less corn filled airwaves across the county. La Plata County saw those same images up close as the Animas River shrunk to near-record lows and crops shriveled in parched fields.

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