Animas River Basin

February 1, 2010--Southwest snowpack is looking good; rest of state, so-so (Denver Post)

Recent storms have boosted snowpack in southwest Colorado above average, but the statewide snowpack is still lagging. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says statewide snowpack was 87 percent of average as of Saturday. It was 108 percent of average in the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basin and 111 percent of average for the Upper Rio Grande basin in southwest Colorado.


May 22, 2008--Snowpack helps reservoirs (Durango Herald)

Overall, the snowpack in the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel basins stood at 93 percent of average Wednesday, said Mike Gillespie with the National Resources Conservation Service in Denver. It's been melting out pretty quickly down there. We've lost more than one-half of the maximum pack reached in mid-April, which was the equivalent of 28 inches of water," Gillespie said.


April 2, 2008--Grassroots river protection (Durango Telegraph)

As pressures mount on the West’s river basins, a local effort to navigate the tricky waters between protection and development has been launched.


March 5, 2008--Area snowpack at 155% of average (Durango Herald)

Snowfall in the mountains of southern Colorado - including the Animas, Dolores and San Juan river basins - exceeds its average by more than any other area in the state, according to the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The NRCS considers the Arkansas and Rio Grande river valleys as well as the three basins in Southwest Colorado as


February 24, 2008--Snow melt expected to cause problems along the Animas (Farmington Daily Times)

Aztec Mayor Mike Arnold is extremely worried about a ticking time bomb that's upstream from his community.  His concerns center on effects this spring's snow melt might have on the city of 6,378, especially if the snowpack, now at 160 percent of normal, that the Animas River carries down, melts quickly.Aztec has fought high wate


January 4, 2008--Task force discusses Animas usage (Durango Herald)

A team working to care for the Animas River will be looking at how to balance private boating use with commercial rafting companies during the coming months. At its meeting Thursday, the Animas River Task Force reviewed some initial concepts for Cundiff Park along the river.


January 4, 2008--Weather baffles forecasters (Durango Herald)

The winter of 2007-08 is off to a puzzling start in the minds of Colorado weather experts. "It's definitely got some of us scratching our heads," said Mike Gillespie, the snow survey supervisor for the U.S.


January 2, 2008--Durango uses area rivers, awaits A-LP completion (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango holds a series of rights on the Animas and Florida rivers to provide the water that flows through residents' faucets and bathtubs.

The city owns the rights to 9 cubic feet per second on the Florida River, about nine miles upstream from town, said Jack Rogers, director of public works.


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