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.

Durango’s RICD

After a long process of applying for a recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) right through the water courts, a conditional water right was given to the City of Durango in 2007.

Lake Nighthorse Entities Scramble to Open for Recreation

Frustration over the lack of recreation at Lake Nighthorse is growing and potential users of the lake and surrounding park land are getting antsy; there is even talk of an Occupy Nighthorse movement.

City of Durango

The City of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant was awarded two grants totaling $1.08 million from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

August 2, 2013--Debate hits rapids on Dryside drinking-water plan (Durango Herald)

The effort to bring fresh drinking water for the first time to faucets in this parched section of La Plata County requires prompt action, community members were told Wednesday night. The project calls for treating water from the Animas-La Plata Project and distributing it through a pipeline network to be built in phases. But hefty upfront tap fees of $15,000 are needed to fund construction.

July 27, 2013--Police douse alleged water thief’s plan (Durango Herald)

The Durango Police Department surprised a Bayfield plumbing company truck driver whom it accused of swiping water in Santa Rita Park early Friday, city utilities director Steve Salka said. Stealing water has become a bit of a trend around town. The plumbing driver was using a hose for RVs, but Salka said fire hydrants also are frequent sites of water thefts.

July 23, 2013--Water security in a dry land (Durango Herald)

How do you plan for 20,000 additional residents expected during the next 20 years? In the arid Southwest, Durango is getting water-storage rights to Lake Nighthorse with plans to formalize an agreement next month that will cost the city $6 million.

July 20, 2013--Durango gets $1.08M in grants to upgrade wastewater system (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant was awarded two grants totaling $1.08 million from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, officials said Friday. The funding will go toward upgrading the sewer system for nutrient removal to comply with state regulations on effluent limits and water quality in the Animas River watershed.

Four States Irrigation Council Summer Tour (Durango, CO)

08/14/2013 7:00 am
08/16/2013 4:00 pm

The annual Four States Irrigation Council Summer Tour will be conducted in southwest Colorado. For more information and/or to register visit their website.

May 1, 2013--Parting of the waves (Durango Herald)

In simpler and perhaps less environmentally sensitive times of the mid-1970s, a whitewater enthusiast drove a bulldozer into the Animas River to push a boulder downstream and remove an obstruction for sports like kayaking and rafting, says longtime paddler John Brennan.

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