Water supply

The fluoridation debate: Water worriers go with the flow on chlorine

The people wanting Durango to get rid of fluoride seem deeply concerned about chemicals added to our drinking water. If they are so worried, why don’t they eliminate chlorine, which is also a toxic...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | COLUMN: Action Line

Fluoridation opponent calls it ‘mass medication’

Jim Forleo is a local chiropractor who has been one of the most vocal opponents of the fluoride added to Durango’s drinking water system. He said the argument boils down to three major points:...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fluoridation supporter says it is safe, effective

Molly Pereira is the associate executive director of operations for the Colorado Dental Association and is a proponent of adding fluoride to community water systems to benefit the oral hygiene of...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Durango Planning Commission clears sewage plant plan

Upgrades to the city’s sewage-treatment plant were unanimously approved by the Durango Planning Commission on Tuesday night. “I think the design of this is awesome. I hope this sets the standard...

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

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

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

Water line break near Park Elementary under repair

The city planned to shut off water to a 3-to-4 block area around Park Elementary school to fix a broken water line Friday evening. The water outage was expected to start around 6 p.m. and is...

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

Durango City Council wants input on fluoridation

A special public meeting concerning the use of fluoridation in Durango’s drinking water will be held at 5 p.m. Monday in Smith Chambers at City Hall, 949 East Second Ave. Residents are invited to...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council could put fluoride on February ballot

Voters may decide whether fluoride should be added to Durango’s city water in April. The Durango City Council will vote on whether the question will be go to voters on Feb. 7. A public hearing...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango voters likely to decide whether to halt fluoridation in drinking water

A petition that would stop the city of Durango from adding fluoride to its drinking water appears to have enough signatures, and now it will either be adopted by the Durango City Council within 30...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

After slow start, snow is catching up in Western mountains

DENVER – After a dry autumn, snowfall is rebounding to normal levels at Western ski areas and in the mountains that feed the vital Colorado River. Snow totals were encouraging across most of the...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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