Summer 2011

Thank You 16th Annual Children’s Water Festival Volunteers

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Water Information Program would once again like to thank the many individuals, agencies, and service groups for their contribution to the success of the 16th Annual Children's Water Festival which was held May 4th at Fort Lewis College. 


Navajo’s Go To Human Rights Commission

In a final attempt to stop a controversial project to mine uranium near two Navajo communities in northwestern New Mexico, a Navajo environmental group is taking its fight to the global community.


Animas River Quality

When Sunnyside Mining Company ended operations in Silverton in 1991, it negotiated a court decree to plug mine outlet tunnels, including the main access, the American Tunnel, with bulkheads. But the bulkheads raised the subterranean water level tremendously, increasing pressure that created drainage in nearby mines that had been mostly dry.


Good Samaritan’s Still Gridlocked

As mountain snow melts, toxic acid laced with dissolved metals such as arsenic, cadmium, copper, and zinc are fouling Colorado watersheds. Among the casualties: state environmental officials also have listed 32 sites along the Animas River in critical condition. The source of the contamination is abandoned mines—about 500,000 across the West, at least 7,300 in Colorado.


Bennett to Carry Hermosa Creek Bill

The Hermosa Creek River Protection Workgroup’s discussions about how best to manage the 100,000-acre Hermosa Creek watershed north of Durango began in 2008 and wrapped up in early 2010.


Judge Rules in Favor of Landowners

According to a recent Durango Herald article, Judge Gregory Lyman tossed out several gas companies’ applications for water rights in a ruling that could strengthen the hands of landowners in negotiations with drillers. Judge Lyman’s ruling is the latest development in a long struggle concerning water rights and gas drilling that began in 2007.


Idarado Recalls Water Rights

In May, the Idarado Mining Company announced it was recalling water rights it had conditionally deeded to the Town of Telluride in 1992.


2011 Water Conference (Broomfield, CO)

07/21/2011 8:30 am
07/22/2011 5:00 pm