Animas River

May 10, 2014--Snowpack suffering in Southwest Colorado (Durango Herald)

The snowpack as of May 1 in the watersheds drained by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers leaves the southwest corner of Colorado hurting. At 68 percent of its 30-year median, the amount of snow in the high country foretells a sparse runoff. Only the Rio Grande basin is worse off at 50 percent.

April 24, 2014--Looking for diamond in the rough (Durango Herald)

Last week, the regular meeting of the Animas River Stakeholders Group took on the feeling of a jolly, if intellectually fraught, Nobel Prize committee debate. Scientists, government employees and mining officials huddled around a long table in the cold basement of the Miners Union Hospital grading innovative, sometimes preposterous proposals for addressing metal removal from mine drainage.

April 22, 2014--Silverton flirting with Superfund? (Durango Herald)

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has tried to designate parts of Silverton a Superfund site. Yet for years, many locals have considered the word “Superfund” dirtier than Cement Creek. But tonight, the EPA is going to explain that word – and the years-long cleanup process a Superfund designation might entail – to San Juan County commissioners.

April 22, 2014--Has Durango sold its river, and its soul, to recreation? (High Country News)

Oxbow Preserve consists of 44 acres of land just north of Durango--population 15,000 people. The City acquired the land from private owners back in 2012 with the help of $400,000 in statewide lottery funds that are doled out for such things.

April 20, 2014--Durango’s new whitewater park opened Friday for the season (Durango Herald)

Boaters and kayakers took their first runs through Durango’s new Whitewater Park on Friday. The $1 million project created a number of in-river features next to Santa Rita Park. The contractor is continuing to do work along the shoreline, which is not accessible adjacent to the wastewater-treatment plant.

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.

March 7, 2014--Tipton talks Hermosa Creek (Durango Herald)

The House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act (HR 1839) on Thursday. Here’s what you should know about the act and the hearing. What is the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act? The act, introduced to the House by Rep.

February 23, 2014--E. coli levels in Animas are mixed (Durango Herald)

A study last year found that the level of E. coli bacteria in the Animas River just north of the New Mexico state line met water-quality standards but exceeded them in the New Mexico stretch of the river. E. coli levels in the San Juan River above its confluence with the Animas at Farmington also were above the limit. The E.

Solutions for Animas River Toxins?

According to a Durango Herald article, plans using a synthetic foam, a passive wetland, and even sugarcane are the latest that members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group are considering in the battle against toxic waste coming from abandoned hardrock mines

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