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In the wake of August’s Gold King Mine breach near Silverton — which saw 3 million gallons of yellow waste water spilled into a tributary of the Animas River — local riverkeepers have carefully monitored the San Miguel watershed for similar pollutants. So when a mysterious plume floated downriver from Ophir last weekend, environmentalists became alarmed. Camille Pric
In July, the Town of Telluride Open Space Commission approved nearly $1 million in funding for a project to reroute the San Miguel River back to its original course on the Valley Floor. Approximately 125 years ago, the river was channelized, or straightened, to hug the southern edge of the valley and make transportation of goods down the waterway easier. In 2008, the town purchased the Valley Floor, and one of the main goals of that purchase was to restore the river to its original, meandering course across the conservation easement west of town.
The Town of Telluride Open Space Commission unanimously agreed at a Monday special meeting to recommend that the town council approve nearly $1 million in funding for a project to reroute the San Miguel River back to its original course on the Valley Floor.
April 3, 2015--Preliminary plan to restore San Miguel River on Valley Floor (Telluride Daily Planet)
When Telluride purchased the Valley Floor in 2008 with the intention of preserving the open space in perpetuity, organizers immediately got to work figuring out how to restore any human tinkering that had degraded the wilderness.
Twenty years after the Pandora Water Treatment Plant was proposed by local officials concerned about long-term municipal water supply, the facility is up and running, generating clean water. The Pandora Water Treatment Plant valves were opened on October 24th and everything worked, Telluride Public Works Director Paul Ruud said.
The Town of Telluride joined a group of ski towns, ski companies and professional skiers and snowboarders in presenting a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging the federal regulatory agency to take action to curb power plant emissions.
Twenty years after the Pandora Water Treatment Plant was proposed by local officials concerned about long-term municipal water supply, the facility is up and running, generating clean water. The Pandora Water Treatment Plant valves were opened up on Oct. 24 and everything worked, Telluride Public Works Director Paul Ruud said.
June 14, 2014--Town council considering long-term water conservation effort (Telluride Daily Planet)
The old saying “whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting,” often holds true in the Western U.S., and in Telluride over the past two summers, water has been in short supply. Now the Telluride Town Council is considering permanent restrictions on treated water used for irrigation. The restriction plan was presented to the council on June 3 during their regular meeting.
With greatly expanded supplies of treated municipal water coming online at the end of this year when the Pandora Water Treatment Plant is scheduled to open, the Town of Telluride is considering the implementation of new water conservation measures.
Telluride may sit at the top of a watershed, but as the last two summers have proven, that does not make it immune to drought. Now, in an effort to establish efficiency measures, gain a comprehensive understanding of its water supply and meet a requirement set out in a 2012 water settlement agreement, the town is setting out to develop a water efficiency plan.