Water supply

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

Water line break pinches north Durango along County Road 203

Water line breaks are part of life in cold climates and a common annoyance for utility departments and plumbers this time of year. Temperatures were in the teens early Tuesday morning, gradually...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

McElmo Flume established as a monument to pioneers’ ingenuity

CORTEZ The historic McElmo Creek Flume has been officially consecrated as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and early water development. The project is the culmination of a three-year local effort to...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Policy considered to address cost, use of Nighthorse water

The Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance and Replacement Association is drafting a policy allowing for future use of the Animas-La Plata Project’s water for construction, maintenance and other...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango will get its water this winter solely from the Animas River

For the first time in well over a century, the city of Durango will rely exclusively on the Animas River for its water supply throughout the winter. “There’s always a first time for everything,”...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes nudge Obama on monument and water

Ute Mountain Ute leaders traveled to Washington this week to attend President Barack Obama’s eighth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference . Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart and councilwoman...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lake Nighthorse to Dryside pipeline construction begins

Standing on a slope above Lake Nighthorse on a sunny Wednesday morning, La Plata Water Conservancy District President Brice Lee told a crowd of about 50 water stakeholders, “Water is like...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes are awarded a $9 million grant for water upgrades

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded a $9 million federal grant to upgrade its water and wastewater infrastructure in Towaoc and White Mesa. The grant, issued through rural development...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dryside residents dealing with low-running spring in Marvel

A private water distribution service may make Dryside deliveries to offset a shortfall at a natural spring in Marvel that has been running at little more than a trickle lately. The spring, just...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajos sue feds over Gold King Mine spill

Leaders of one of the nation’s largest American Indian tribes blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as their attorneys sued Tuesday, claiming negligence in the cleanup of the Gold King...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Construction in Animas River to start Monday

Construction to correct the flow of the Animas River upstream of the Whitewater Park is expected to start Monday. This week, crews will start putting up fencing and traffic-control barriers, the...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo farmers remain skeptical of river water

SHIPROCK – Along a dirt road near the San Juan River in the Navajo Nation, some fields are lush with corn, melons and alfalfa, but many others are filled with dry weeds. They are a reminder that...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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