E. Coli

June 5, 2015--‘Who pooped in the river?’ (Durango Herald)

On Thursday night, about 20 concerned people gathered at Durango Public Library to hear one woman’s answer to an effortlessly gripping question: “Who pooped in the river?” According to Melissa May – a natural resource specialist for San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District who analyzed microbial source tracking results for the Animas River in Colorado and New


February 28, 2015--Human waste taints Animas (Durango Herald)

Elevated levels of bacteria from human waste have been found in the Animas River at the Colorado and New Mexico border for the first time. Although E. coli pollution has been a problem in the Animas and San Juan rivers in New Mexico for years, this study also revealed a different kind of bacteria found in human feces. “It’s not a result we had hoped to see. ...


February 25, 2015--Final results of river pollutant study to be presented (Four Corners News)

The final results from a study of contaminants in the San Juan and Animas rivers will be presented at San Juan College on Thursday. A preliminary analysis of study samples found high levels of bacteria associated with human waste in both rivers.


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.


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.


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.


December 22, 2012--EPA updates rule for pathogens in drinking water (Summit Daily)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for the bacteria E. coli to better protect public health.

November 27, 2012--US EPA updates recreational water quality criteria (Enviornmental News Network)

The EPA has recommended new recreational water quality criteria that will help protect peoples' health during visits to beaches and other waters.


July 14, 2012--Water, sewer at Old Fort a health risk (Durango Herald)

Fort Lewis College board members on Friday debated a distressing report that suggests the water and sewage systems at the Old Fort property near Hesperus are in severe disrepair and a potential risk to health and safety. FLC has leased the historic 6,279-acre Old Fort property since 2010, when Colorado State University pulled out of its lease.


Study Finds Water Pollution Originates at Home

New research from the University of California, Davis, found that pesticides and fertilizers from homes are a major and overlooked source of water pollution. According to the study, previous estimates may have underestimated water pollution from homes by up to 50 percent.


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