Animas-La Plata project: Reclamation fires up the pumps again to continue filling Lake Nighthorse

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From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):

Pumping began in May 2009 but stopped in July when the flow in the Animas River dropped to the minimum required to protect downstream fish habitat and satisfy landowner water rights…

“We’re just getting going again,” Jim Gates, a geologist and technical service manager with the bureau, said Wednesday of the pumping. “We started pumping on March 5 and have continued sporadically since.” Until April 1, the flow in the Animas must be at least 125 cubic feet per second, Gates said. On April 1 when, theoretically at least, melting snow will increase the flow, there must be 225 cfs to satisfy downstream needs. The Animas was flowing at 185 cfs in Durango on Wednesday.

Gates said the pumping station, on the west side of the Animas near Santa Rita Park, has been pumping a maximum of 42 cfs to the reservoir. The station has eight pumps – two each with capacity of 14, two each with a capacity of 28 cfs and four that each can move 56 cfs.

More Animas River watershed coverage here and here.

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