Water

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Students get ‘a-ha’ moment learning how watersheds work

Escalante Middle School sixth-graders strapped on snowshoes Wednesday and hiked out from Haviland Lake to learn firsthand the workings of the Animas River watershed. “We want to help the students...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Climate study shows trouble for upper Dolores River basin

Fish habitat in the upper Dolores River basin is at risk from overall warmer weather and longer, more intense droughts, according to a long-term climate study recently released by Trout Unlimited....

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Durango voters to decide fluoride-in-water question

The community will decide whether Durango’s water should continue to be fluoridated in an April election. The Durango City Council unanimously voted to place the question on the ballot following...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County water board rep appointed president

La Plata County’s representative on the Southwestern Water Conservation District board was appointed board president on Tuesday, and the Dolores County representative will serve as vice president. ...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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San Juan, Montezuma commissioners oust longtime water board members

Two longtime representatives of the Southwestern Water Conservation District board have been ousted from their seats. Board President John Porter and Vice President Steve Fearn, representatives of...

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

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La Plata County OKs letter on tribal water standards application

As expected, La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking for a transparent process as the Southern Ute Indian Tribe seeks a...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fluoridation debated before city councilors

Residents crowded Durango City Hall to present opposing arguments on fluoride in drinking water Monday. Those opposed to fluoridation asked for the right to choose it, those in favor of it argued...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southern Utes pursue EPA-approval for water-quality standards

As the Southern Ute Indian Tribe pursues federal approval to set and manage water-quality standards, La Plata County officials are calling for a transparent process and clarity on which waters...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ditch, reservoir convention to tackle water, climate issues

The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance will hold its 15th annual convention Feb. 15-17 in Ignacio. The nonprofit, founded in 2001, helps Colorado ditch companies, irrigation districts, farmers,...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southern Ute tribe seeks to manage reservation water quality

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency to manage its own water quality standards program, which holds unknowns for upstream discharge permit holders. ...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Third year of utility rate hikes in Durango begins in January

The city’s utility rates will go up in January, and residents can expect to see the increases on their February bill. The average bill for all city utilities is expected to be about $109, up from...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Feds to pour $225M into water projects around the West

ALBUQUERQUE – The federal government will be pouring nearly a quarter-billion dollars into several dozen projects aimed at tackling the effects of drought in the West and restoring watersheds that...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News