Archive - 2016

October 6th

October 2, 2016--California's almond boom has ramped up water use, consumed wetlands and stressed pollinators (Science Daily)

A new study using aerial imagery across the state of California has found that converting land to grow almonds between 2007 and 2014 has led to a 27% annual increase in irrigation demands -- despite the state's historic drought.

October 1, 2016--Native Americans and conservationists collaborate to return vital flow to the Rio Grande (Water Currents)

The first time I saw the channel of the Rio Grande completely dry, I was stunned. Here was the second largest river in the Southwest, which flows through three U.S. states and Mexico, and instead of water between its banks there were tire tracks. And I wasn’t standing at the tail end of the river, but rather on a bridge in central New Mexico, in the Rio Grande’s middle reach.

September 30, 2016--Hundreds weigh in on Hermosa Creek management plan (Durango Herald)

Several hundred public comments were received regarding a resource management plan for the Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan, 

September 29, 2016--Draft bill for conservation area gets a rewrite (Cortez Journal)

Challenges have arose in the rewrite of a draft bill proposing the Dolores River National Conservation Area and Dolores River Canyon Wilderness designation below McPhee Dam. The draft legislation is being written collaboratively by conservationists, several counties, water districts, agricultural groups and recreationists. Its intent is to forge a compromise that further protec

September 28, 2016--Water diversion on Animas River begins Monday(Durango Herald)

Work to divert the Animas River into the city of Durango’s water intake upstream of the Whitewater Park began Monday. In a news release, the city of Durango said crews are preparing to divert the river channel over newly constructed features.

September 26, 2016--Mussel risk at McPhee could limit boat access (Cortez Journal)

A plan is being considered by local, state and federal agencies to close the McPhee and House Creek boat ramps with locked gates during times when boat inspectors are absent.

September 26th

September 25, 2016--City Council OKs purchase of new snow-storage site (Durango Herald)

The city may store its snow above the Durango Tech Center this winter instead of dumping it in Cundiff Park near the Animas River. The Durango City Council unanimously agreed late Tuesday to buy 3.35 acres of open space near the end of Tech Center Drive for about $374,000. This comes as a relief to Donna Nazario, property manager and resident at Rivergate Lofts, because the snow

September 24th

September 23, 2016--Heavy rain north of Durango muddies Animas River (Durango Herald)

Recent heavy rain in the high country north of Durango resulted in discoloration of the Animas River on Thursday near Silverton, according to an alert issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The discoloration is not related to work at the Gold King Mine or an interim water-treatment plant, the