Groups partner to clean up Animas Watershed

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Groups partner to clean up Animas Watershed

Focus on Florida River a starting point of efforts
After finding elevated levels of E. coli in the Animas and Florida rivers, the Animas Watershed Partnerships in collaboration with other partnerships began a project to limit cattle access to waterways and the planting of willows.
The Florida River, a relatively low-flow tributary of the Animas River, can contribute as much as a quarter of nutrient loading into the Animas, and also E. coli.
Courtesy of Animas Watershed Partnership

Limiting livestock’s access to rivers can be financially burdensome for some landowners, but for others, blocking off cattle to certain areas allows a river to regenerate native riparian habitat.
The Florida River starts in the high country of the Weminuche Wilderness, but by the time it reaches the confluence with the Animas River, it can exceed state standards for E. coli.

Groups partner to clean up Animas Watershed

After finding elevated levels of E. coli in the Animas and Florida rivers, the Animas Watershed Partnerships in collaboration with other partnerships began a project to limit cattle access to waterways and the planting of willows.
The Florida River, a relatively low-flow tributary of the Animas River, can contribute as much as a quarter of nutrient loading into the Animas, and also E. coli.
Courtesy of Animas Watershed Partnership

Limiting livestock’s access to rivers can be financially burdensome for some landowners, but for others, blocking off cattle to certain areas allows a river to regenerate native riparian habitat.
The Florida River starts in the high country of the Weminuche Wilderness, but by the time it reaches the confluence with the Animas River, it can exceed state standards for E. coli.
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