Awaiting water

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Awaiting water

Animas Consolidated Ditch OKs use of Animas water
Tom Bridge, left, owner of Durango Nursery & Supply, talks with Joe Emerson, center, and Jason Lee, both with Crossfire, about the latest news on the Animas River. Crossfire’s workers were placing water into a cistern at the nursery south of Durango. The nursery has been taking water deliveries to keep plants healthy since it lost use of Animas River water Aug. 5 because of an accidental spill of contaminated runoff from Gold King Mine.
The Animas Consolidated Ditch Company began flusing its ditch Wednesday.

Awaiting water

Tom Bridge, left, owner of Durango Nursery & Supply, talks with Joe Emerson, center, and Jason Lee, both with Crossfire, about the latest news on the Animas River. Crossfire’s workers were placing water into a cistern at the nursery south of Durango. The nursery has been taking water deliveries to keep plants healthy since it lost use of Animas River water Aug. 5 because of an accidental spill of contaminated runoff from Gold King Mine.
The Animas Consolidated Ditch Company began flusing its ditch Wednesday.
For irrigators

La Plata County advises irrigators take precautions if sediment seeped into their ditch.
Livestock should not be allowed to drink irrigation water until the sediment is flushed.
Veterinary science experts and agriculture professionals came to Durango on Thursday to help address concerns residents have about livestock and sediment.
Animas River ditch operators can call the county call center at 385-8700, open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and provide names and phone numbers so officials can coordinate opening ditch headgates on the river. Individual water users on the ditches and canals should keep their gates closed until notified.
Those with livestock questions should also call the county call center.

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