Lemon Reservoir struggles to fill, while Vallecito nears capacity

Their land sits mere miles apart, but irrigators on the Florida River will likely have a shorter irrigation season than some of their neighbors on the Pine River in eastern La Plata County....

DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rare cutthroat trout, saved in 416 Fire, set to be released back into the wild

While firefighting crews were in the throes of battling the 416 Fire as it rapidly spread through the San Juan National Forest north of Durango in June 2018, an unlikely rescue mission was being...

DATE: May 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southwest Colorado’s ‘mega-drought’ raises wildfire concerns

Extreme drought has crept back into Southwest Colorado. This time last year, after the winter of 2018-19 brought significant snowpack to the Rocky Mountains, headlines and reports across the West...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forecast for Animas River flows doesn’t look rosy

The forecast for the spring runoff on the Animas River does not look promising: below-average water volumes, a below-average peak flow and an early snowpack melt. “I think, unfortunately, it’s one...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Key stakeholders emphasize collaboration at Western water event

What happens when key stakeholders in Southwestern water management come together at the same table? Competing uses and the need for collaboration become more clear, and the path to solutions...

DATE: Feb. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why isn’t water central to every local land-use decision in Colorado?

In the early 1980s, the small city of Woodland Park started strategically planning how to protect its water supply for the future. “Because we have all junior water rights and a limited water...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

If remote Red Mesa Reservoir doesn’t grow, it could be razed

Can a small reservoir in remote Southwest Colorado play a larger role to help meet the water demands of an increasingly water-strapped region? The reservoir’s managers are hoping so, otherwise the...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Does Durango need redundancy in its water-treatment infrastructure?

One pipe. That’s all there is to get water from a 7.2 million-gallon tank at the city of Durango’s water-treatment plant to smaller water tanks and mains that feed every faucet in the city. And the...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Congress tackles severe drought in the West

WASHINGTON – Despite above-average snowpack, Southwest Colorado remains in a severe drought. U.S. House lawmakers from several Western states, including Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Boulder, are considering...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Town of Ignacio revamps utility rates for water, wastewater, natural gas

IGNACIO – The Ignacio Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that changes town water, wastewater and natural gas rates for utility customers. Ignacio customers are charged for...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Edgemont Ranch subdivision cited for not meeting water-quality standards

State regulators have issued Edgemont Ranch a notice of violation after the neighborhood’s drinking water did not meet health standards. On Dec. 3, the Colorado Department of Public Health and...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango water, sewer pipes need constant maintenance, repairs

It’s almost impossible to predict when a sewer or water pipe in Durango might clog or break. But if history can be a guide, one thing is for sure: It will happen again. Of the 58 sewer clogs...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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