Water supply

Durango and Bayfield catch rain for education

Andrew Trujillo, a Pine River Garden Club board member, peered into the murky depths of a 50 gallon barrel of captured rainwater at Pine River Library Community Garden in Bayfield June 28. About...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Reservoir operators confident in conditions

Area reservoirs including Lake Nighthorse, Vallecito Reservoir and the McPhee Reservoir are near or at full capacity and are expected to have enough supply for all of their obligations this year,...

DATE: July 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s wastewater treatment plant behind schedule

The city of Durango’s most expensive construction project, which has been on time and on budget for almost two years, has fallen behind schedule. But it isn’t for lack of progress; rather, it’s...

DATE: June 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Durango doing enough to conserve its water?

Durango enjoys the luxury of being just miles away from its water source in the San Juan Mountains. But as prolonged drought becomes an increasing threat in Southwest Colorado, is the community...

DATE: May 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Almost at capacity, Lake Nighthorse will wait to pump from river

Lake Nighthorse is sitting pretty in terms of the amount of water stored in the reservoir just outside Durango, according to water managers. Despite the extreme drought that plagued Southwest...

DATE: April 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study aims at better evaporation estimates at reservoirs

LAS VEGAS – Researchers are working to better measure how much water is lost to evaporation at the nation’s two largest reservoirs as part of effort they say could lead to new water management...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Next water manager up against drought, climate change

The challenges facing Southwest Colorado’s next water manager are not light undertakings – drought, climate change and a demand on water that isn’t going anywhere. Last month, Bruce Whitehead...

DATE: April 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado River basin states cobble together water agreement

Although Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is well above the historic average, the seven Colorado River basin states are moving forward with an agreement to manage the river in the face of drought and...

DATE: April 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bruce Whitehead, water district manager, announces retirement

Bruce Whitehead, executive director for the Southwestern Water Conservation District, has announced he will retire after more than a decade at the district. Whitehead could not be reached for...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man takes city to small claims court

Ron Cornelius came home thirsty late one night in 2016. He went to the faucet, turned the knob and put a cup under the spout. Nothing came out. “It turns out they had shut the water off, and they...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water, sewer rates to rise again in Durango

The Durango City Council unanimously approved another water and sewer rate increase at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, a continuance of decades of rate hikes that have exacerbated the cost...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ribbon-cutting for historic McElmo flume is Nov. 30

The historic McElmo Flume No. 6 has been officially saved after seven years of fundraising and restoration work. The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting that will feature local and state...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Community

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