Animas-La Plata Project: The Bureau of Reclamation is going to pony up some dough for recreation plan at Lake Nighthorse

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From the Cortez Journal (Dale Rodebaugh):

Mark Chiarito, resource management specialist for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, told Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District board members that his agency can help finance the planning of recreation at Lake Nighthorse…

The water district was saddled with the job of bringing recreation to the lake 18 months ago when state parks department officials said they had no money. The district, rebuffed by La Plata County and the city of Durango, put up $25,000 and, with an equal amount from the Southwestern Water Conservation District, hired a consultant for initial planning. A boat ramp – paid for with oil and gas tax money and funding obtained by then-state Sen. Jim Isgar – has been installed. A recreation blueprint will cost $150,000 to $200,000, while development for hiking, horseback riding, camping, boating and fishing will cost $20 million to $25 million. Ongoing operations and maintenance would be extra. After months of uncertainty about the funding for all this, recreation proponents have finally gotten some good news. The National Park Service placed a recreation planner at their disposal for two years for free. The city’s attitude has softened, too. On Wednesday, members of the parks and recreation commission, under chairman Duane Smith, were scheduled to visit Lake Nighthorse to look at possible recreational opportunities.

More Animas-La Plata Project coverage here and here.

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