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Animas River is a 126-mile-long (203 km) river in the western United States, a tributary of the San Juan River, part of the Colorado River System. The river's free-flowing status will soon end as the Animas-La Plata Water Project nears completion. The project will pump water over a low pass to fill a reservoir, Lake Nighthorse, in Ridges Basin to satisfy Southern Ute tribal water rights claims associated with the Colorado Ute Settlement Act amendments of 2000.

Animas River after mine spill
Animas River after mine spill, August, 2015
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The first documented instance of the Animas River getting its name was from Spanish explorer Juan Maria Antonio Rivera, who led what is considered the earliest known Western expedition through this region in 1765. According to his journals, he called the river "Rio de Las Animas" - the River of Souls.
... that have participated over the last six months. We look forward to receiving their goals and recommendations, and we appreciate the Animas River Community Forum, Animas River Stakeholders Group, Animas Watershed Partnership and Trout Unlimited for organizing the series of Workgroup meetings.

A partial under water image shows the deeper colors of the Animas River north of Durango on Aug. 6, 2015 that is filled ... For anyone who watched the Animas River run mustard-yellow from the Gold King mine spill, "Don't let this happen again" is a very compelling rationale for change. Continue ...
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved Molar Rock as the name of the pillar at its December quarterly meeting. The formation is located on Bureau of Land Management land 3 miles west of where U.S. Highway 550 crosses the Animas River. Gary Skiba said he was pleased by the decision, but ...
Last Friday the EPA called upon Sunnyside to launch an investigation into the groundwater quality in the Bonita Peak Mining District. The reason? To help study and maintain a clean Animas River, most widely known as the river that turned a mustard yellow as a result of a Gold King Mine Spill in August of ...
Dan Bender of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office takes a water sample from the Animas River on Aug. 6, 2015, after the accidental release of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King Mine by a crew led by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA says it has almost finished ...

It can be hard to forget how that spill, triggered by an EPA contractor, turned the Animas River a mustard color nearly three years ago, but the Associated Press reports the agency accounting for the claims appears to be overstating the value by $100 million. It isn't clear when the EPA will pay out for the ...
5, 2015, while working north of Silverton, the Environmental Protection Agency dug too far into the collapsed portal of the inactive Gold King Mine, unleashing a torrent of wastewater into the Animas River. As the spill turned the river an electric hue of orange, it also awoke a consciousness in many ...
The order comes just weeks after the corporation declared further study of mine pollution in the Animas River headwaters would be “wasteful and is not required.” On Thursday, the EPA sent Sunnyside Gold a unilateral administrative order to investigate the groundwater system around Sunnyside Mine, one ...
5, 2015, while working north of Silverton, the Environmental Protection Agency dug too far into the collapsed portal of the inactive Gold King Mine, unleashing a torrent of wastewater into the Animas River. As the spill turned the river an electric hue of orange, it also awoke a consciousness in many Western ...
If local water users, such as the city of Farmington or the city of Aztec, need more drinking water, they can ask for water from Lake Nighthorse to be released into the Animas River. San Juan County water users could request water from Lake Nighthorse if drought conditions put a strain on water resources.
The previous record low for March 6 was set in 1990 when the Animas River was flowing at 121 cubic feet per second. On Tuesday, the Animas River was flowing at 104 cfs. And on Wednesday, the previous record low of 118 cfs in the 1990s was shattered when the Animas River averaged 107 cfs.
Sunnyside had argued that of the 48 mining sites in the upper Animas River watershed the EPA included in the “Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund” site, 29 had not been properly evaluated and should be removed. Sunnyside owns two of the 29 sites mentioned, including the Sunnyside Mine and the ...
These compounds were not that harmful, but their concentration in the river indicated a large rush of water flushed into the Animas River. This rush of water also contained a massive accumulation of acid mine drainage and heavy-metal byproducts, all of which had escaped containment in the Gold ...
From there, Thompson jumps into far stretches of time -- to 1765, when a Spanish explorer named the Animas River; to 10,000 years earlier, when Paleo-Indians roamed the river's valley; to the meridian of time, when the ancestors of the Zuni, Hopi and Rio Grande Pueblo people inhabited the land for ...
A small stream of wastewater flows into a creek that feeds the Animas River in San Juan County, Colorado, in 2015. The contaminated wastewater came from a spill at the Gold King Mine, which polluted the Animas River for many miles downstream. It's an example of the disturbances that have ...
In 2015, 3 million gallons of drainage water came rushing out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, spewing 190 tons of heavy metals and other contaminants into a tributary of the Animas River, which flows into the San Juan River. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which ...

When it comes to prioritizing parks and recreation spending in Durango, residents say they are most willing to support extending the Animas River Trail, purchasing land for recreation, and maintaining buildings and green space. Survey responses and other feedback will inform an update to the city's Parks, ...
(Jerry McBride | The Durango Herald | The Associated Press) In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo. after the accidental released of an estimated 3 million gallons of waste from the Gold King ...
When it comes to prioritizing parks and recreation spending in Durango, residents say they are most willing to support extending the Animas River Trail, purchasing land for recreation, and maintaining buildings and green space. Survey responses and other feedback will inform an update to the city's Parks, ...
Aiden McQuillan, left, with his father and one of his sisters on an annual Fathers Day rafting trip on the Animas River in 2017. Courtesy photo. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save. Man who died at hospital construction site was Santa Fe native. A young Aiden McQuillan during a hike along the Rio Grande ...
A mallard stands on a rock in the Animas River Tuesday at Berg Park in Farmington. (Photo: Hannah Grover/The Daily Times) ... (Photo: Hannah Grover/The Daily Times). Other criteria the city looks at includes precipitation, weather projections, the Palmer drought index and stream flow in the Animas River.
A ride aboard the chugging train's vintage cars is both a step back in time, and a thrilling journey through the rugged Weminuche Wilderness, and along the precipitous Animas River canyon. Ride options vary; a one-way jaunt to Durango with a shuttle ride back is a great way to see the sights. The summer ...
The breach sent millions of gallons of mine wastewater streaming into the Animas River. The spill contained zinc, lead, iron and arsenic and turned the river a ghastly orange-yellow for miles. The Animas feeds several other Southwestern rivers, including the San Juan and, ultimately, the Colorado. The spill ...
The state and the tribe claim environmental and economic damages have occurred due to the EPA and its contractors releasing more than three million gallons of acid mine drainage and 880,000 pounds of heavy metals into the Animas River watershed as the result of a breach at the mine. The state and ...
Willa Vaughan, manager of Animas Trading Co. at 1015 Main Ave., talks about the underground space beneath the sidewalk in front of the store. Colorado Preservation Inc. listed Colorado's “Downtown Undergrounds” with its Endangered Places program. The list includes Durango's underground spaces ...
In August of 2015, a cleanup crew contracted by the U.S. EPA breached a water-filled tunnel of the Gold King Mine above Silverton, Colorado, causing a plume of heavy-metal-laced water to flow into Cement Creek, the Animas River and the San Juan River. Navajo farmers in chapters along the San Juan ...
5:23 p.m. A large group of middle-schoolers was playing and possibly smoking in the tunnels at Walmart, 1155 South Camino del Rio, near the Animas River Trail. 8:56 p.m. Someone reported that an intoxicated man was kicking their car at east Ninth Street and Main Avenue. Saturday. 1:02 a.m. A man ...
The Animas River Trail, Lake Nighthorse, Oil and Gas Accountability meetings – there was Gwen without a Koch in sight! Don't believe the spin of these outside titans trying to undermine our community. Gwen Lachelt represents the best interests of La Plata County, not Koch Industries. Let's send a clear ...
Pettit's piece, “Coexistence,” would consist of 20 life-sized bronze animals including bear, deer, birds and fish that would be installed on a foundation of stacked landscape stones to symbolize the mountains and swooping lines of bent steel to symbolize the Animas River. The sculptures would be realistic ...
He continued, "Whether you look at the Volkswagen litigation, where I'm hoping to host a trial in Santa Fe, or the Animas River spill, or any of our litigation, I think that we're bringing the street fights to the courts in cases where I think many attorneys general in the past may have balked or hesitated.".
Let's go to the Animas River Trail. Let's take a day trip and go up to (Farmington) Lake. Let's take a day trip and ride the train and then go to the museum tomorrow.'” Carmen Martinez, director of the Small Business Development Center at San Juan College, gives Buy Photo. Carmen Martinez, director of the ...
The current dog park relies on natural boundaries, such as the Animas River, to keep dogs contained. But those barriers don't always deter determined hounds. “We have heard the desire for a fenced-in facility,” she said. A new dog park would also help serve residents of the Rivergate Lofts, just across the ...
What's more, the in-store performance is a fundraiser for Animas River cleanup. KSUT and the Henry Strater Theatre present longtime Four Corners festival favorite Tony Furtado at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, with local pianist Jonas Grushkin opening. Since busting out with his debut record, “Swamped,” in 1989 ...
2:13 p.m. Someone requested that officers check on a man who had been lying down on the banks of the Animas River at 950 Roosa Ave. Police made an arrest. 2:48 p.m. Someone reported that an unconscious woman was being propped up by a man in Rotary Park, 1565 East Second Ave. 2:56 p.m. A ...
(Jerry McBride | The Durango Herald) In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored yellow from a mine waste spill. By Dan Elliott | The Associated Press. · 10 hours ago. Denver • Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters ...
One concern is that Farmington relies on surface water from the Animas River, which feeds Farmington Lake. That surface water is dependent on the snowpack in Colorado. Currently, the snowpack in the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins is at 36 percent of normal, according to the ...
As far as the health impacts of arsenic on recreational users, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment put out an advisory after the 2015 Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River, stating that it “does not anticipate adverse health effects from exposure to contaminants detected in the ...
David Moler, owner of Durango Rivertrippers & Adventure Tours, lost significant business after the Gold King Mine spill tainted the Animas River in August 2015. Moler and many others are waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to reimburse them for financial losses. A bill by U.S. House Rep.
The Farmington Daily Times reports seven sophomores and juniors in a gifted-and-talented program at the school entered the Lexus Eco Challenge with a project that involved testing green onion roots for iron and zinc after they had been submerged into the Animas River. The work won them $8,000 in ...
Navajo Nation Council Delegate Davis Filfred walks along the San Juan River on Aug. 11, 2015, in Montezuma Creek, Utah. A spill containing lead and arsenic from the abandoned Gold King Mine in Silverton leaked into the Animas River, which flows into the San Juan River in southern Utah, on Aug. 5.
... of gallons of mining wastewater, is viewed on August 11, 2015 in Silverton, Colorado. The Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released approximately three million gallons of wastewater into the creek from the Gold King mine, polluting the larger Animas River downstream. Theo Stroomer/Getty.
Navajo Nation Council Delegate Davis Filfred walks along the San Juan River on Aug. 11, 2015, in Montezuma Creek, Utah. A spill containing lead and arsenic from the abandoned Gold King Mine in Silverton leaked into the Animas River, which flows into the San Juan River in southern Utah, on Aug. 5.
The largest construction project in city history, the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility, must improve the quality of water returning to the Animas River by March to meet state regulations. “We're trying to get the water back to its natural state,” City Engineer Gregg Boysen said. The multi-million-dollar ...
6, 2015 file photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored from a mine waste spill. New Mexico officials said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 that they plan to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers ...
These plans take advantage of the area's mixed used zoning, interest in increasing connectivity along and across the corridor, between neighborhoods, the Animas River and parks, and to make Main Avenue more pedestrian and bike rider-friendly. There are plans for safer crossings and softening the ...
But this year, things are very different. Residents are still using their mountain bikes, hiking boots and even their boats. “It's going to be a year to remember,” Peter Schertz, co-owner of Maria's Bookshop, said. Just a few days ago, Schertz found himself canoeing on the Animas River. His family even went for ...
Alex and Taylor Messina drop off their Christmas tree for recycling on Wednesday in the dirt lot behind the Santa Rita Park playground along the Animas River. Jerry McBride/Durango Herald. Christmas trees can be dropped off for recycling in the dirt lot behind the Santa Rita Park playground along the ...
At the Durango mill the tailings were piled into a hill-sized mound just a stone's throw from the Animas River. They weren't covered or otherwise contained, so when it rained tailings simply washed into the river. Worse, the mill's liquid waste stream poured directly into the river at a rate of some 340 gallons ...
It's not just rising sea levels. A warmer planet means drought, extreme weather and raging wildfires across Middle America. Video provided by Newsy Newslook. Drought conditions developed over the past few months. FMN-DROUGHT-1228-104.jpg Buy Photo. Water flows through the Animas River on ...


 

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