December 28, 2011--What do you want from your river? (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango next month will renew the public process aimed at producing its first-ever formal Animas River management plan. Public workshops are scheduled Jan. 4 and 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center, Cathy Metz, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said Tuesday. The sessions will give everyone from riverside residents to boaters and floaters an opportunity to say what’s important to them, Metz said. Joy Lujan, on loan from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, will facilitate upcoming meetings. Lujan brought diverse interests together to devise a recreation plan for Lake Nighthorse. “Historically, we’ve managed the river through the city for years,” Metz said. “But the Animas River Corridor Management Plan is the first time it’ll be in writing.” The city planning area covers 7.5 miles of the river within the city proper and a total of 16.3 miles from the glider park in the Animas Valley to the confluence of Basin Creek south of the Purple Cliffs. The extended boundaries look to what the future could hold, Metz said.

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