Animas River

July 22, 2012--Lake Nighthorse to undergo series of water releases (Durango Herald)

The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a series of water releases Monday from Lake Nighthorse to test the outlet channel to the Animas River. Releases ranging from 15 to 150 cubic feet per second will show how well improvements to the natural stream – Basin Creek – and small check dams work. The total amount of water to be released won’t exceed 500 acre-feet.


July 4, 2012--City needs your help to conserve water (Durango Herald)

Durango city officials hope residents will join them in making water rationing unnecessary this summer through conservation. “The most important thing is to have community awareness and involvement,” city Utilities Director Stephen Salka said Monday in briefing water commissioners about possible drought issues.


June 14, 2012--Tipton visits old, leaky mines (Durango Herald)

Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, toured an old mining area in the San Juan Mountains on Wednesday to familiarize himself with issues involving toxic mine drainage. Tipton spent three hours near Gladstone, now a ghost town, where four abandoned mines are spewing up to 800 gallons a minute of toxic waste into the Cement Creek, a tributary to the Animas River.


June 7, 2012--Thirsty for more (Durango Telegraph)

The Colorado landscape is looking pretty thirsty these days. Seventy-five percent of the state is under drought conditions, the snowpack is only 19 percent of its average, and forecasts predict the same situation or worse through August.


May 1, 2012--Patience urged for river plans (Durango Herald)

More restrooms, changing rooms and trash receptacles could go a long way toward improving the behavior of rafters, inner-tubers and others enjoying themselves on the Animas River, city officials said Monday. “We will create amenities so they will behave more legally,” said Cathy Metz, the director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.


April 21, 2012--No Superfund: Feds back off in Silverton (Durango Herald)

The effort to stanch the toxic drainage from abandoned hardrock mines here no longer faces a takeover by the federal government. “We’ve heard loud and clear that you want a collaborative approach,” Martin Hesmark, acting assistant regional director of U.S.


April 12, 2012--River nutrients: It’s all about being healthy (Durango Herald)

Nutrients in water – sounds good. Like a vitamin-water mix. However, like vitamins, nutrients are good in the right amount and can be problematic in too high a dose. When talking about nutrients in water, the most common components discussed are nitrogen and phosphorus.


Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop (Durango, Silverton, and Surrounding Area)

06/26/2012 8:30 am
06/27/2012 5:30 pm

Join the Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountain Association, and the Water Information Program for two days of hands-on exploration of our locaal watersheds. The Workshop is based on the My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains book and curriculum guide which includes place-based activities that address Colorado State Standards.


February 12, 2012--Animas River planning enters new phase (Durango Herald)

Two workshops this week should bring a plan to manage the Animas River through Durango closer to the nitty-gritty phase. Six focus groups will concentrate on river access, recreation, conservation/habitat, law enforcement, water quality and community education. The sessions will be held at the Durango Community Recreation Center.


January 27, 2012--A little TLC for Animas River (Durango Herald)

Workers contracted by the city of Durango drove a 55,000-pound track excavator into the Animas River on Thursday. It wasn’t an accident, and no one will be losing his or her job because of it. The heavy equipment was moved into the river to do maintenance on the river bottom near Smelter Rapid and the whitewater park.


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