Durango

November 4, 2015--City voters approve bond for sewer plant (Durango Herald)

An overwhelming majority of city voters approved a $68 million bond question on Tuesday to allow the city to remodel the Santa Rita Park sewer plant. Early returns showed 2,640 voters or 67.59 percent said “yes” on the ballot issue, while 1,266 voters or 32.41 percent voted “no.” “It truly is the right decision,” said Mayor Dean Brookie.&nbsp


November 3, 2015--Durango's sewer rate to increase 25 percent (Durango Herald)

Durango City Councilors approved the appropriations for the $70 million operating budget and $21-plus million capital budget as well as a 25 percent sewer rate increase, as expected. The increase is the result of adjustments needed after 20 years of no rate increases.


October 28, 2015--Mountain Studies Institute to interpret EPA Animas River pollution data (Durango Herald)

After the Gold King Mine blowout in August, much public discussion has centered around how to treat ongoing river pollution, but much of the data on heavy metals provided by the Environmental Protection Agency has been difficult to interpret. Through Mountain Studies Institute, the Durango city council is hoping to make all the data collected from the river more understandable. The no


October 7, 2015--Sewer plant will stay at Santa Rita Park (Durango Herald)

After months of contentious meetings, the Durango City Council Tuesday decided to remodel the sewer plant in Santa Rita Park. Councilors unanimously approved, minutes before midnight, a resolution outlining the intent to remodel the sewer plant for about $58 million, after hearing passionate opposition to an alternate site downstream near Animas Surgical Hospital. The decision


October 6, 2015--Sewer hurdles rising higher (Durango Herald)

The alternative site where the sewage-treatment plant could be rebuilt across from Mercury has some major flaws. The Durango Utilities Commission and members of the public pointed out some of the problems Monday after the release of a new report on the site by Mulhern MRE, a city consultant. Although the utilities commission did not make a recommendation on the site near Sawmil


October 6, 2015--How does Durango get its water? (Durango Herald)

When the river ran orange with mine waste in August, city taps still flowed with clean, usable water. To make sure Durango will have drinking water in a future emergency and to serve eventual growth, city officials would like to build a new $50 million Ridges Basin Water Treatment Plant below Lake Nighthorse. “It gives the city such great flexibility that it doesn’t


August 5, 2015--County residents should pay more for water, study finds (Durango Herald)

La Plata County residents should pay double the rate Durango residents are charged for city water to maintain the infrastructure they use, an analysis by Wildan Financial Services found. The document was released during a Utilities Commission meeting Monday, and it outlined how much more it costs the city to maintain infrastructure for county residents than it does for city residents.


June 25, 2015--Durango’s water gets refresh (Durango Herald)

The water flowing from city taps should taste a bit better now that the city is phasing in a new treatment process. Rather than using chlorine tablets, the city is using a solution of chlorine and peroxide to purify water at the city’s treatment plant east of Fort Lewis College, said Steve Salka, the city’s utilities director.


June 12, 2015--Plans floated to deal with water woes (Durango Herald)

As rain washed over the La Plata County on Thursday, bringing fears of flooding, county officials wrestled with how to address long-term water needs. “We’ve been fighting for years and years over the wrong things and not paying enough attention to water. ...


May 27, 2015--Durango records wettest May on record; more rain is likely (Durango Herald)

It’s not just your imagination – Durango already has experienced its wettest May in at least 16 years, and more rain may be on the way. By Tuesday, 2.9 inches of precipitation had fallen at Durango-La Plata County Airport. Records at that location date to 2000. The second-wettest May came in 2011, when 1.29 inches fell.


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