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Old 01-31-2013   #1
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Petition for Upper Animas Protection

Sign a petition here to support the RPW's efforts to create legislative protection for the Upper Animas River from Silverton to Baker's Bridge. As part a a collaborative process, it will be important to show local boater support in favor of either current or existing protections for this precious resource! More information about RPW or to get involved: River Protection Work Group

Private boater support for Wild and Scenic Designation of the Upper Animas River Petition

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Old 01-31-2013   #2
 
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Mr. Kevin,

I skimmed through the link and the petition and it is still not clear to me what dangers the Animas river system is facing. Does someone want to put a dam near Baker's bridge? I'm all for the Animas staying just the way it is.... Wild and beautiful. Please clarify if possible.

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Old 02-03-2013   #3
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Yeah, I agree. I think we all (the paddling community) want it to stay like it is. There is no immediate threat. This group is pushing a forward thinking dialogue in hopes of potentially securing Wild and Scenic designation as a recreational status. The River Protection Workgroup will facilitate local dialogues, followed be regional dialogues and will then make recommendations to legislators about how to best protect various stretches of area rivers, including the Animas. Wild and Scenic designation would likely include some sort of federally designate water right and would ensure that federal dollars would not be used to help fund any new impoundments. None are currently planned, and the only conditional water right tied to an impoundment site is at a site in Howardsville, upstream of Silverton. It is owned and connected to the Animas La PLata project (ALP), currently Lake Nighthorse, and given that there are likely more users downstream to sell water to, ALP will likely not develop the right up at Howardsville, unless it became profitable to do so (say with a new mining or milling operation-pure speculation, like I said, no immediate threats).

At the moment there are representatives from County Commissioners, the Forest Services, City officials, and other vested interests (mining, water development, enviros, and very few, mostly commercial boaters). This petition will help secure the opinions of affected boaters for the record as the conversations move forward.

Hope that helps,
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Old 02-04-2013   #4
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How about Zinc

When we did the water quality for the lower town section, metal concentrations from American tunnel, Cement creek were causing the Animas to be void of reproductive capabilities from Cement to Hermosa creek. I think they are throwing $10 million at the problem but that will only be a band-aid. Every one needs to sign this petition so to give more weight to the river and keeping it healthy. Silverton may or may not need a super fund site to clean up the river. The mining has polluted the Animas and Silverton is afraid to really admit their problems due to some day they would like to be known for mining again and not selling rubber tomahawks and ATV rides to overweight steam engine train riders.
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Good stuff, signed. Would a super fund site get the old train metal out of the upper, or just focous on the pollution from mining?
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Just signed. Anyone that's been down this stretch of river knows that it's one of the most visually spectacular canyons in CO and reminiscent of some of the more impressive in the world. Not to mention the crystal clear water that provides miles of continuous quality whitewater that's virtually impossible to find anywhere else in CO and it's quite clear that it's an area worthy of wild and scenic designation.
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Interesting comment on the Upper of the Animas. "Void of reproductive capabilities from Cement to Hermosa Creek". What species are not reproducing? As an avid fly-fishermen and paddler, and also one who paddles the Upper thru Baker's regularly, I've fished various locations from below No Name through Rockwood down through Baker's. All spots have been quite productive with some rather large trout for the taking.

I completely agree with KSC...the Upper is spectacular and so much fun. No permit for Rec, ridiculous camping, spectacular overnight, good side creeking.
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714 views here and only 68 signatures. Sign the petition you lazy bums.
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A little background

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1651/downloa...vol1_chapB.pdf

Animas River Stakeholders Group - Index of Information
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Well, it's up to seventy five now!
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