As a public service to inform the public of pending local legislation impacting the future of the Uncompahgre River, UWP is providing this link to the Aug. 9, 2017 version of
“An Ordinance Of The Town Of Ridgway, Colorado Amending The Official Zoning Map to Provide For The Uncompahgre River Overlay District And Creating River Corridor Development Regulations”.
The proposed municipal law was created to accomplish Goal 4 of Ridgway’s 2011 Land use Plan Update to “rreserve, restore, and re-engage the Uncompahgre River to strengthen the riparian corridor as an asset to the community”. It is expected to go to a vote on first reading by Ridgway Town Council on Sept. 13, and a final vote on second reading with a public hearing on Oct. 11.
Map of Ridgway Town Properties within the River Corridor Overlay District
Evolution of Mining: Site remediation efforts protect people and water
By Tanya Ishikawa, Special to The Watch
Silver and gold. Lead and zinc.
Fortune seekers have been excavating the San Juan Mountains for 150 years to extract profitable, shiny minerals. The unintended consequences were the damaging release of acid rock mine drainage, carrying lead, zinc, cadmium, copper and other heavy metals throughout local watersheds.
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UWP project coordinator Agnieszka Przeszlowska, Jeff Litteral of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and UWP Board Member Dennis Murphy spent the weekend of March 18-19, 2017, sampling water and sediment at several locations along the Uncompahgre River. Our nonprofit is studying the effects of an annual release of water and sediment from the Ouray Hydrodam. The purpose of the release is to maintain and improve dam operations. The study’s aim is to understand if the high heavy metal concentrations in the release, resulting from both natural mineral deposits and flows through mining waste, has longterm negative impacts on the watershed.
The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership thanks Ouray Hydrodam Operator Eric Jacobson, the Town of Ridgway, City of Ouray, Ouray County, and other partners who made this water quality study event possible.
TOP PHOTO: Water being released from the Ouray Hydrodam. BOTTOM PHOTO: Dennis Murphy samples sediment at the Ridgway Reservoir. Photos by Agnieszka Przeszlowska.