From The Durango Telegraph (Tracy Chamberlin):
The Animas Workgroup, one of five that make up the River Protection Workgroup, is ultimately tasked with putting together a list of recommendations for the future protection of the Upper Animas Basin. Since the area they’re concerned with is centered in Silverton, the group usually meets at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Center. However, the group is bringing its ideas south to Durango this week because it’s both a major population center and not everyone who has a stake in the future of the Upper Animas and its tributaries can make the trip north…
The Animas group is diverse, and many interests are represented, but that doesn’t mean additional input isn’t welcome. [Marsha Porter-Norton, facilitator for the River Protection Workgroup] said anyone is welcome to join in, and residents planning to attend Monday night’s meeting will get a chance to be brought up to speed and find out how they can get involved in the process. They’ll hear about how the River Protection Workgroup operates and the progress made by the group, which has been working together since June of last year. The first thing the group did since forming was take a good look at the focus area, finding out who used it, what protections it enjoyed. Members even went on tours of the area. Then they identified the river’s values: what makes each segment of the Animas River Basin special and is worth protecting in the future. For example, some of the values for the segment north of Baker’s Bridge up to Silverton include boating, geology, recreation, scenery and the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. “The train is a very significant value,” Porter-Norton said.
What: Informational Meeting with the Animas River Workgroup
When: Mon., June 18, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: La Plata County Fairgrounds, Pine and Florida Rooms
For info.: ocs.fortlewis.edu/riverprotection