San Juan Basin Health’s Executive Director Liane Jollon would like to thank all community members for attending “The Animas Watershed: A Community Health Update,” a National Public Health Week event held on April 7. Almost 100 attendees and 20 staff came together for informal discussions about the current health status of the Animas River in regards to recreation, agriculture, drinking water, and wildlife and pets. Information handouts were available and subject matter experts from several organizations answered questions from community members.
Questions from the community ranged across a variety of topics, including the safety of river water for boaters, fishermen and dogs; what metals are present in river sediments; the quality of the City of Durango’s treated drinking water; and the schedule of monitoring plans that span spring runoff.
SJBH would like to acknowledge the community partners that offered their special expertise at this event and who also continue to monitor, protect, and improve the health of the Animas watershed: the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado State University Extension Office, and the City of Durango.