Federal officials are negotiating with tribal and local officials in southwest Colorado and New Mexico on the cost of operating and maintaining a new water storage and distribution system. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is in talks with the governments involved on how the Animas-La Plata system will be run. Negotiations started in March and resume this week.
More coverage from The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is scheduled to resume negotiations Tuesday with Animas-La Plata Project beneficiaries, including the city of Durango, on several issues – including how much each partner will pay for operations and maintenance of the potable-water project. On the table also will be the level of oversight of the federal agency (which owns the project), what facilities and equipment will be transferred to the operator and the timing of certain events.