Water

Battle against Russian olive trees waged for second year

Mountain Studies Institute and Southwest Conservation Corps continue to wage war against the Russian olive, an invasive species that chokes out native trees and degrades the quality of the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango sewer rates may rise, water rates could stabilize

After three years of steep utility rate increases for Durango residents, their average bill might level off next year. The Durango City Council was weighing 3 percent increases to water and sewer...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S., Mexico expand pact on managing overused Colorado River

DENVER – The United States and Mexico have agreed to renew and expand a far-reaching conservation agreement that governs how they manage the overused Colorado River, which supplies water to...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

City working to replace old water main under Animas River

City crews are working to finish replacing an old waterline below the Animas River near Camino del Rio and 12th Street. The crews started the work in March, but it had to come to a halt because of...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shanta Foundation working in Myanmar plans to expand

A Durango nonprofit that helps underserved rural villages in Southeast Asia has had such success over the past decade, it plans to expand. The Shanta Foundation , started by Mike and Tricia...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Algae bloom blossoms in Animas River south of Durango

A stretch of the Animas River south of Durango has turned fluorescent green from an algae bloom. The growth is most pronounced downstream of the South Durango Sanitation District treatment plant,...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

2017 becomes a year to remember on the Dolores River

Above-average snowpack last winter triggered a rarely seen extended whitewater release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam that lasted 85 days. An estimated 24,000 boaters flocked to the 200...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Does Durango need a new water treatment plant?

Water rates for Durango residents increased steeply in recent years to pay for upgraded infrastructure, including a new water treatment plant at Lake Nighthorse, that a local water engineer says...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores River gets a D- by Conservation Colorado

In a river report card released Thursday, Conservation Colorado gave the Dolores River a D-minus based on low flows below McPhee Dam. The environmental group says improved dam management is needed...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drinking water at risk with new EPA proposals

DENVER – The American public will have 30 days to comment on the Trump administration’s plan to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, once it’s published in the Federal Register. Jan...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s utilities director resigns abruptly

City Utilities Director Steve Salka resigned from his post on Thursday, effective immediately. He cited a disagreement with City Manager Ron LeBlanc as the reason for leaving his position. Salka...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rivers in U.S. West turn dangerous as days warm, snow thaws

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. – Massive waterfalls in Yosemite National Park and rivers raging in mountains throughout the western United States are thundering with greater force than they have...

DATE: June 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World