Animas River

May 1, 2012--Patience urged for river plans (Durango Herald)

More restrooms, changing rooms and trash receptacles could go a long way toward improving the behavior of rafters, inner-tubers and others enjoying themselves on the Animas River, city officials said Monday. “We will create amenities so they will behave more legally,” said Cathy Metz, the director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.


April 21, 2012--No Superfund: Feds back off in Silverton (Durango Herald)

The effort to stanch the toxic drainage from abandoned hardrock mines here no longer faces a takeover by the federal government. “We’ve heard loud and clear that you want a collaborative approach,” Martin Hesmark, acting assistant regional director of U.S.


April 12, 2012--River nutrients: It’s all about being healthy (Durango Herald)

Nutrients in water – sounds good. Like a vitamin-water mix. However, like vitamins, nutrients are good in the right amount and can be problematic in too high a dose. When talking about nutrients in water, the most common components discussed are nitrogen and phosphorus.


Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop (Durango, Silverton, and Surrounding Area)

06/26/2012 8:30 am
06/27/2012 5:30 pm

Join the Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountain Association, and the Water Information Program for two days of hands-on exploration of our locaal watersheds. The Workshop is based on the My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains book and curriculum guide which includes place-based activities that address Colorado State Standards.


February 12, 2012--Animas River planning enters new phase (Durango Herald)

Two workshops this week should bring a plan to manage the Animas River through Durango closer to the nitty-gritty phase. Six focus groups will concentrate on river access, recreation, conservation/habitat, law enforcement, water quality and community education. The sessions will be held at the Durango Community Recreation Center.


January 27, 2012--A little TLC for Animas River (Durango Herald)

Workers contracted by the city of Durango drove a 55,000-pound track excavator into the Animas River on Thursday. It wasn’t an accident, and no one will be losing his or her job because of it. The heavy equipment was moved into the river to do maintenance on the river bottom near Smelter Rapid and the whitewater park.


January 6, 2012--Session unleashes flood of river ideas (Durango Herald)

A brainstorming session Thursday for ideas to best preserve the Animas River ranged from designated fishing and “play” areas to caps on permitted commercial outfitters. Others encouraged “staggered launch times” or at least more scheduling for whitewater rafters, repairin


January 5, 2012--Competing interests flow in to aiding Animas (Durango Herald)

More access points to the Animas River with plenty of public parking and toilets emerged as a common theme during a river-preservation workshop attended Wednesday by about 100 people. One kayaker noted congestion is more “off the river than on the river” as boaters often must wait th


December 28, 2011--What do you want from your river? (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango next month will renew the public process aimed at producing its first-ever formal Animas River management plan. Public workshops are scheduled Jan. 4 and 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center, Cathy Metz, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said Tuesday.


Durango’s Worst Flood: October 5, 1911

Rainfall in semi-arid Southwest Colorado is usually a blessing, but in 1911, it was another story after 36 hours of rain dropped 3.42 inches of rain in Durango and 4 inches in Silverton.


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