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Animas River may see upgrades in Aztec

Meg Hilling
April 08, 2019 07:22 PM

AZTEC, N.M.- There's a push to upgrade the Animas River in Aztec.

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"I think if we could do some things to stabilize it, make it a little deeper, take even further with some recreation features, I think it would be a great boom for our city,” said Jeff Blackburn, the Interim Parks/General Services Director for the City of Aztec.

The project, if approved by the Aztec City Commissioners, would be lea by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District.

The cleanup would entail removing trash from the river, stabilizing the river banks and, if possible, deepening the river in some sections.

"The river is something we haven't really focused on and it's time. We need to build it up and make it better for use for the folks and also for making it so the fish can thrive and the wildlife can thrive,” Blackburn said.

The resolution is on the table for the Aztec City Commissioners meeting Tuesday. If approved, city officials say work would likely begin in the winter when the water is low.

Funding would come in the form of a grant from the New Mexico Environment Department.

For now, residents are being asked to do their part by cleaning up trash in they see along the river as often as possible.

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