Steve Salka

The City of Durango is fortunate to have Steve Salka as their new Water Utilities Director. After retiring from a 25 year career in the Navy where he was responsible for aircraft carrier electronics and missile systems, Steve could have settled anywhere in the world (he certainly traveled enough of it), but chose beautiful and unique Durango to hang his hat. With degrees in electronics business management and electronics engineering, and with his own surge protection company, his hat didn’t stay hung for long. Not ready for full time retirement, he took the Durango position in 2012. His “Biggest excitement is working with young people to teach them something new,” says Steve. With a quarter century of advanced teaching techniques from the Navy, Salka is happy to give back and share some of this knowledge with his new community. Thank you and welcome Steve!  

March 25, 2013--Opening Lake Nighthorse by 2014? Hold your horses (Durango Herald)

In defiance of gravity, water from the Animas River is piped 600 feet up the hillside from Santa Rita Park to Lake Nighthorse reservoir. The pumps are so powerful that they could suck the Animas River dry. Almost two years after the reservoir was filled in June 2011, local government officials have not allowed kayaking, bird watching or mountain biking on the 5,500-acre site.

November 15, 2012--Opening for Lake Nighthorse faces delay (Durango Herald)

Residents eager to take a dip in the county’s newest lake will be disappointed to learn that the target opening date in summer 2013 could be pushed back. That’s what Cathy Metz, director of parks and recreation in Durango, told members of the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District board this week about Lake Nighthorse.

Water in the West Art Show and Speaker Series as Part of Water 2012

In an effort to raise awareness about vital water issues, the WIP, in conjunction with the Durango Arts Center (DAC), conducted a month-long Water in the West Art Show. The gala opening was August 10th at DAC.

Colorado Finalizes ALP Contract and Provides Recreation Grant

In June, the State of Colorado finalized a contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to buy water from the Animas-La Plata Project. Colorado lawmakers authorized $36 million for the state's allocation of 10,460 acre-feet from Lake Nighthorse.

Senator Gary Hart

Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart has come out with a new book entitled Durango. The novel is the story of the Animas-La Plata Project written from the perspective of an elected proponent with firsthand knowledge of the story.

September 26, 2012--City considers annexing Lake Nighthorse (Durango Herald)

Lake Nighthorse is just two miles from downtown Durango, but opening up the 5,500-acre area for public recreation is seeming more distant. Cathy Metz, city director of parks and recreation, on Tuesday said she was less confident of city plans to open the lake to the public by summer 2013 because of complicating factors in reaching a lease agreement with the U.S.

7th Annual Water 101 Seminar (Durango, CO)

10/26/2012 8:30 am

The 7th Annual Water 101 Seminar will be conducted at the Durango Public Libary. The Seminar features keynote speaker Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs, along with a host of additional and highly knowledgeable federal, state, and local water experts. For more information and/or to register call 970-247-1302.

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 30, 2012--Water: Through pros and poets (Durango Herald)

The fourth of six presentations titled “Water in the West,” scheduled tonight, brings together a poet, a historian, an archaeologist and an on-the-ground water issues expert. They will speak starting at 7 p.m. at Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. Admission is $5.

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