Animas River

Durango Animas River Corridor Management Plan—Issues Workshop (Durango, CO)

01/04/2012 5:00 pm
01/04/2012 8:00 pm

Issues workshop at the Durango Recreation Center, Peaks Rooms. For additional information visit the City website at

October 9, 2011--Durango’s worst flood ever (Durango Herald)

More than 100 bridges washed away. Several deaths. Railroad tracks, more than 300 miles worth, destroyed in every direction. All telegraph and telephone communications lost. Six feet of water rushing down 15th Street. Virtually all the crops in the Animas Valley destroyed. An estimated $1.5 million in damage across the region.

October 6, 2011--Gold miner offers $6.5M for cleanup (Durango Herald)

The largest gold producer ever in Silverton has offered $6.5 million toward cleaning up toxic waste leaking from one of its shuttered mines. A letter from the Sunnyside Gold Corp. was received Tuesday by the stakeholders group that has been working on cleanup since 1994.

September 6, 2011--Participation sought on Animas River plan (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango is requesting assistance from individuals to participate in the development of the Animas River Management Plan. The city is seeking community comments by completing a brief survey on river-related activities and to provide thoughts about management practices. Responses will be accepted until Sept. 30.

September 3, 2011--Do you think the Animas is too crowded? (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango is inviting anyone interested in the Animas River to help develop a river-management plan. “We’ve been hearing from the public for two years now about possible city management of river use,” city Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz said Friday.

August 31, 2011--Everyone agrees: The Animas is resource worth preserving (Durango Herald)

With so many competing interests dependent on the Animas River, any successful efforts to clean it up and preserve it are going to require a lot of compromise. At some points, the complexity of the law, the depth of the bureaucracy and the passions of the opposing sides make reaching a consensus seem unattainably ambitious.

August 30, 2011--The Animas in a changed climate (Durango Herald)

Durango’s 2011 Water Efficiency Management Plan said that to avert possible shortages, Durango must decide by 2015 whether to raise water rates and impose conservation measures. The most shocking fact in the plan is that more than 20 percent of Durango’s water supply is unbilled and unaccounted for because of misplaced meters or unmetered buildings.

August 29, 2011--Want water? Take a number (Durango Herald)

For Native Americans who inhabited this area in prehistoric times, the Animas River held little appeal. Fish were not a part of their diet, and they shared with other Western tribes a belief in “water babies,” evil spirits that pulled children into the lake to drown them, said Andrew Gulliford, a professor of history at Fort Lewis College.

August 29, 2011--Demands on the Animas River (Durango Herald)

According to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, the historical average annual flow in the Animas and Florida rivers is 660,000 acre-feet. Probably the largest amount is pulled out by ranchers and farmers. In 2010, the seven largest ditches diverted 89,139 acre-feet. Partners in the Animas-La Plata Project can take up to 57,100 acre-feet of water a year.

August 28, 2011--Our river is ailing (Durango Herald)

The Animas River flows into Durango like the vena cava into the heart, carrying our lifeblood, sustaining our way of life. But the river is sick, and it is getting sicker every day. A giving waterway, the Animas has silently borne demands placed on it ever since the first settlers populated its banks.

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