August 1, 2012--Recreation projects at lake get $285K boost (Durango Herald)

Local residents eager to dive into Lake Nighthorse will be happy to learn recreation plans at the reservoir got a big boost Monday. Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Tuesday that the city will get $285,000 for development of recreation at the recently filled reservoir. That’s the lion’s share of $300,000 in federal pass-through funding from the excise tax on motorboat fuel that was available to dole out, agency spokesman Randy Hampton said. “Our committee that makes grant recommendations had Durango as the number one priority,” Hampton said. The grant is earmarked to pay part of several Lake Nighthorse projects: a station to inspect boats for invasive mussels, a dock and buoys, access-road design and the overall recreation master plan. The city of Durango has taken on the development of recreation at Lake Nighthorse from the Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District – itself a surrogate for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which said it has more pressing demands. “The city has not signed an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation (which owns the lake) to oversee recreation,” Kevin Hall, director of natural lands, trails and sustainability, said Tuesday. “But we’re doing it on an at least interim basis.”

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