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Old 04-24-2014   #1
Dillon, Colorado
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Pit Toilets between Pumphouse and Radium Removed

The pit toilets at Cottonwood Campsite, Cabin Campsite, and Benches Campsite were removed this past week (April 2014). The pit toilets are the “outhouse” like toilets at the river campsite and NOT the vault toilets at Pumphouse, Radium, or State Bridge. All boaters are encouraged to bring/use a portable toilet or WAG bags with them on ALL trips, but especially on overnight trips this summer. The BLM Kremmling Field Office is currently working on Supplemental Rules for the Upper Colorado River which will make portable toilets/WAG bag and fire pans mandatory on all overnight trips.

BLM was ordered to remove these by the EPA because they are considered large capacity cesspools which have been banned since April 5, 2005. These pit toilets meet the classification of “Class V Injection Wells” as defined by 40 C.F.R. 144.6, 144.81 and 146.5. 40 C.F.R. 144.12 (a) and 144.82 (a)(1), and specify that no owner or operator shall operate, maintain or conduct any other injection activity in a manner that allows the movement of fluid containing any contaminant into underground sources or drinking water, if the presence of that contaminant may cause a violation of any primary drinking water regulation or may otherwise adversely affect the health of persons.

Hannah Schechter
Outdoor Recreation Planner
USDI BLM, Kremmling Field Office
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Old 04-24-2014   #2
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Please, please, please, get those Supplemental Rules in place STAT! I'd hate for the Upper C to start looking like Ruby/Horsethief did a couple years ago. NASTY!

Were the firerings and picnic tables also removed?

Thanks for the info and all the work you guys do.

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Old 04-24-2014   #3
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Hannah, can you also mark a couple "first amendment areas" for us please.
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Old 04-24-2014   #4
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Originally Posted by Hannah_at_BLM View Post
These pit toilets meet the classification of “Class V Injection Wells”
I've sure made some Class V Injections in those wells,no doubt.
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Old 04-24-2014   #5
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Signs at the put in would be helpful. But sadly, I also see this going the way of Ruby.
The Kremmling Field office has been talking about this for a few years now. But, without a firm plan of action and some presence at the ramps...

's gone get rail nahsty
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Old 04-24-2014   #6
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Regulate that shit it's out of control!
Pool and a pond... Pond be good for you.
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Old 04-25-2014   #7
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WOW! Way to drop the ball BLM. Sure glad you spent all your time getting the wave built.
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Old 04-27-2014   #8
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blm was the only problem with RH Easter weekend. Ranger showed up at put in and erased the camp log and opened up the camps for new sign up. BLM sucks. How much of OUR money was wasted on installing shitters and then removing the same shitters?
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Old 04-27-2014   #9
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Thanks for the update BLM. I appreciate all the work you have done to alleviate the problems on this overused section of river with a limited budget. Please post on here if you ever have volunteer opportunities.
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Old 04-27-2014   #10
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I feel permits coming soon......

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