Animas River

March 7, 2014--Tipton talks Hermosa Creek (Durango Herald)

The House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act (HR 1839) on Thursday. Here’s what you should know about the act and the hearing. What is the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act? The act, introduced to the House by Rep.


February 23, 2014--E. coli levels in Animas are mixed (Durango Herald)

A study last year found that the level of E. coli bacteria in the Animas River just north of the New Mexico state line met water-quality standards but exceeded them in the New Mexico stretch of the river. E. coli levels in the San Juan River above its confluence with the Animas at Farmington also were above the limit. The E.


Solutions for Animas River Toxins?

According to a Durango Herald article, plans using a synthetic foam, a passive wetland, and even sugarcane are the latest that members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group are considering in the battle against toxic waste coming from abandoned hardrock mines

December 17, 2013--Action urged on Silverton mining cleanup (Durango Herald)

A former participant in an unofficial effort to eliminate toxic mine waste around Silverton has asked federal environmental and state health authorities to throw their full weight behind a rigorous cleanup program.

November 20, 2013--Whitewater Park ready to rock (Durango Herald)

Avid cruisers of the Animas River Trail might have noticed a giant bulldozer blocking their path. Construction has commenced along the trail beside Whitewater Park at Smelter Rapid.


August 29, 2013--Conservation group receives federal grant (Durango Herald)

Sen. Michael Bennet has announced that San Juan Resource Conservation and Development in Durango has won a $96,415 grant from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation.


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.


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