La Plata River

April 17, 2014--Ag life a trying endeavor (Durango Herald)

Agriculture is a difficult profession in the best of times, but it’s an even bigger challenge during a drought. That’s one of the many takeaways from Wednesday evening’s panel discussing current and future issues for local agriculture sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

April 8, 2014--San Juan Watershed Group study identifies human waste as likely contaminant in Animas, San Juan, La Plata rivers (Four Corners News)

Preliminary results from an environmental study indicate septic waste may be seeping from sewage systems or being illegally dumped into the Animas and San Juan rivers. "It is startling. It is unexpected," said David Tomko, San Juan Watershed Group coordinator. "But let's see if there's another explanation." The environmental group — an offshoot of the U.S.


April 8, 2014--Lake Durango levels need boost (Durango Herald)

As a dry summer is most likely in the cards, the Lake Durango Water Authority wants to bolster, by any means, the reserve of water it has in Lake Durango for 1,200 customers southwest of Durango. Among areas served are the two Durango West subdivisions and the Trappers Crossing, Rafter J and Shenandoah neighborhoods.


August 18, 2013--For Lake Durango users, water is low (Durango Herald)

The welcome monsoon rains have more than settled the dust, but they’ve done little for Lake Durango water customers. The estimated 1,200 Lake Durango Water Authority customers are under Stage 3 restrictions, which means no outside watering, Tom Brossia reported at a meeting of the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District last week.


August 2, 2013--Debate hits rapids on Dryside drinking-water plan (Durango Herald)

The effort to bring fresh drinking water for the first time to faucets in this parched section of La Plata County requires prompt action, community members were told Wednesday night. The project calls for treating water from the Animas-La Plata Project and distributing it through a pipeline network to be built in phases. But hefty upfront tap fees of $15,000 are needed to fund construction.


May 21, 2013--New reservoir to give farmers a breather (Durango Herald)

In this arid corner of La Plata County, the trite observation that every drop of water counts is more than a cliché. It’s gospel. It’s logical then that the dam under construction a mile or two south of here to hold back water against hard times is a popular project.


Local River Flows Lowest on Record

According to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, Animas River flows in November were the lowest in 102 years of record keeping at just 9,209 acre-feet (af). Rege Leach, Division engineer in Durango, indicated the second-lowest flows occurred in 1934 with 9,374 af.


December 7, 2012--Nov.’s Animas flow lowest on record (Durango Herald)

It’s no wonder the Animas River looks like a trickle. The total flow in the Animas through Durango during November was 9,209 acre-feet, the lowest in 102 years of records, Rege Leach, the state Division of Water Resources engineer in Durango, said Thursday. The second-lowest flow in the Animas was in 1934, when 9,374 acre-feet flowed through Durango, Leach said.


November 14, 2012--The water project that wouldn't die (High Country News)

Driving down a highway, somewhere this side of the New Mexico line, I see a house surrounded by rusted out farm implements. I see a field, churned up and parched under another bright blue October sky. I see a dam being built. A dam!? Yes, a dam. The era of huge Western water projects has long been over.


October 31, 2012--Water 2012 visits Southwest Basin (Alamosa News)

Southwestern Colorado’s rivers are unique in that many of the rivers and tributaries flow from north to south and are administered as independent river systems. This is due to the fact that many, such as the Navajo, Blanco, Piedra, Pine, Florida, Animas, La Plata, and Mancos Rivers, are tributary to the San Juan River in New Mexico or just upstream of the state line.


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