Animas River

October 20, 2012--Zinks win environmental award for wetlands work (Durango Herald)

The Colorado Riparian Association has awarded Patti and Ed Zink its Excellence in Riparian Management award for 2012. The recognition reflects the couple’s environmental stewardship, community service and their hours of volunteer time.


October 19, 2012--River group seeks solution (Durango Herald)

The Animas River Stakeholders Group is turning to the brilliant minds of the world to find a solution to controlling toxic waste leaking from abandoned hard-rock mines around Silverton.


October 17, 2012--Workshop takes the pulse of the Animas River (Durango Herald)

Two hundred people involved in water-quality issues from Silverton to Northern New Mexico described projects, compared notes and asked questions of others Tuesday. The occasion was the Four Corners River Health Workshop sponsored by the New Mexico Environment Department in collaboration with the Animas Watershed Partnership and the San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District.


September 21, 2012--Study puts higher price on Cement Creek cleanup (Durango Herald)

Building a treatment plant to remove heavy metals from abandoned mines along Cement Creek may cost $6.5 million, and operating it could cost another $910,000 a year, according to a Sunnyside Gold Corp. consultant. Sunnyside Gold Corp.


September 12, 2012--Who’s consuming the most water in Durango? (Durango Herald)

Fall is finally providing some relief after a summer when drought sent half the counties in the United States into disaster status. Images of dry river beds, parched fields and kernel-less corn filled airwaves across the county. La Plata County saw those same images up close as the Animas River shrunk to near-record lows and crops shriveled in parched fields.


September 10, 2012--Animas hits 4th lowest flow in 100 years (Durango Herald)

A century of water records show that 2002, the year of the Missionary Ridge Fire, was the driest in Southwest Colorado. But 2012 is close behind, in fourth place. Officials have 99 years of flow records for the Animas River, Rege Leach, the Colorado Division of Water Resources engineer in Durango, said Friday.


August 30, 2012--County finalizes future water plan (Durango Herald)

Six years after the city of Durango’s plan for a whitewater park spurred the creation of a multi-governmental water-use arrangement on the Animas River, La Plata County’s portion of that work is coming to fruition.


August 3, 2012--Upper Animas like Beethoven’s Fifth (Durango Herald)

Like a good piece of sheet music, the Animas River has its A notes and D notes; its quarter, half and whole notes; its flats, sharps, tempo changes, staccatos, trills and accents. “Basically, a river is a sheet of music,” said Dave Eckenrode, a senior guide with Durango’s Mountain Waters Rafting.


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.


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