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Spring Runoff Updates
Wondering about the Animas River? Come get the latest information on spring runoff!
Public Event | May 26th at the Durango Public Library | 5:30 - 7pm
Groundwater and the Oil & Gas Industry
Powerhouse Science Center
5 - 7 pm
Join MSI, local professionals, and academics from CU Boulder for a casual evening of discussion about the benefits of monitoring groundwater, for both homeowner and the oil and gas industry. Learn about the science-based framework for evaluating the effects of oil and gas production on water quality. See a demonstration of groundwater testing. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions to industry professionals and researchers.
Oil and Gas Production and Potential Effects on Groundwater
Jessica Rogers - Graduate Research Assistant
Environmental Engineering Department - University of Colorado at Boulder
The oil and gas boom, facilitated by technical advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, is bringing energy production activities closer to densely populated areas and raising concerns on the potential contamination of drinking water resources. This talk will give an overview of two possible risks to groundwater resources: contamination by oil- and gas-related organic compounds and the occurrence of methane or "stray gas." Results of ongoing research by the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network studying groundwater impacts in Colorado will be presented.
Baseline Groundwater Sampling Programs: Peace of Mind for Landowners and Industry
Ashley Ager, M.S., P.G. - Senior Geologist, LT Environmental, Inc.
Ashely Ager will discuss the most important rule governing baseline groundwater sampling in Colorado, Rule 609. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) issued Rule 609 in 2013 in order to establish baseline the conditions in groundwater aquifers within close proximity to planned oil & gas production prior to drilling. This rule also includes the continued monitoring of the groundwater for a specified period of time following well completion. The intent of the rule is to satisfy landowners that drinking water supplies are being protected as oil & gas development expands. A critical component of these programs, as demonstrated in case studies, is the liability protection for the oil & gas operators, landowners, and associated water users in an environment becoming increasingly sensitive to impacts from oil and gas production.
"Know your Groundwater- Training for Homeowners"
Katya Hafich - Outreach Hydrologist
Colorado Water and Energy Research Center
AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network
University of Colorado-Boulder.
Learn about how to develop plans for developing baseline water quality data for your domestic water well: what constituents to test for, how often and what time of year to test, how to interpret your results, and how to find opportunities for free testing.
Panel Discussion - Ask the Experts!
Karen Spray, PG
Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Growth Fund
Department of Energy
Exploration & Production Manager
Water Program Manager – San Juan Basin Health Department
Come visit MSI at the Durango Nature Studies Earth Day Festival at Rotary Park!
The film will be followed with 3 brief, TED style talks by local experts that provide our audience with a snapshot of a climate-change issue in our region and one way that citizens can plug in to effect it RIGHT NOW.
For those folks who are really excited to get their hands dirty, we will be carrying the message of the film forward and co-hosting a River Clean Up and Action Day the following Sunday, April 17th. Free local, organic dinner and beer available!
When: Thursday, April 14, Doors open at 6 pm; Screening opens at 6:30 pm
Where: FLC Student Union Ballroom
Cost: Your tickets includes includes entrance to the movie and a FREE local, organic dinner! $12 advance; $15 at the door. $5 for children 12 & under. Pre-purchase tickets here or at Maria's Bookshop
All proceeds benefit the Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College. Thank you!
San Juan Air Quality Forum
Powerhouse Science Center
5 - 7 pm
Join us on Thursday, April 7!
Powerhouse Science Center
1333 Camino del Rio Durango, CO
5 pm - 7 pm
MSI is partnering with CU Boulder to bring you the Air.Water.Energy series! Join with citizens, experts, and agencies to understand current air quality trends and policy for the region. Learn air quality basics. Hear about San Juan National Forest’s monitoring program. Find out about monitoring equipment available for citizen-based monitoring programs from University of Colorado. Ask the questions that you've always wanted to know from the experts and learn what is myth and what is fact about air quality!
Dr. Rob Milofsky
Professor of Chemistry, Fort Lewis College
Dr. Milofsky will walk us through the basics of atmospheric chemistry - and what we need to know about air quality!
Air Quality Monitoring on the San Juan National Forest
Water and Air Program Manager, US Forest Service
Kelly Palmer will inform us about the San Juan National Forest's efforts to monitor air quality on public lands.
Citizen-Based Monitoring Efforts
University of Colorado at Boulder
Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Research Assistant
Joanna Casey will tell us about low-cost air quality monitors that are used to measure air quality in the Four Corners and how they can opportunities for education.
Over the last few years, the Hannigan Lab at CU Boulder has been working to develop low-cost air quality monitors that utilize small sensor technology. Among other projects, these tools have been used in two studies in the Four Corners region. One study focused on measuring indoor air quality on the Navajo Nation in homes using different fuels for heating. Another study explored the spatial and temporal variability of several atmospheric trace gases that can be influenced by natural gas extraction in the San Juan Basin.
These air quality monitors are also being made available to schools and community groups for educational purposes.
Panel Discussion - Ask the Experts!
Ask everything you've ever wanted to know about air quality!
Top five reasons to give to MSI:
5. Where else can you get Science People Can Use?
4. We look to understand the things you love
3. We provide broad, diverse science knowledge
2. If we don’t know it, we know someone who does!
1. Best emergency response team in the science biz’
MSI will be presenting on the Animas River at Pub Science hosted by the Power House Science Center on December 4th. More information to come
You’re invited— and bring a friend!
This year, MSI’s Jack Frost Celebration will be in conjunction with our presentation for the Pub Science series at the Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO
Friday, December 4, 2015
5:30 Animas High School poster session Chemistry 101 + Animas River Quality
6:30 Pub Science talk* ‘MSI responds to the Gold King Mine Spill’
7:30 Jack Frost Celebration + Friendraiser
live auction, music, libations, appetizers
RSVP by Dec 2 to double your chances to win a prize.
*Bring this invitation for free admission to Pub Science talk
Animas River Celebration
La Plata County Fairgrounds 12-2 pm
The event will be in an open house format to provide information to our community members to answer questions they have surrounding the impacts of the Gold King Mine Spill.
o Fishery/aquatic life
o Drinking water
o Surface water and sediment quality
o Mine remediation
DURANGO MASSIVE, LIVER DOWN THE RIVER, & MOUNTAIN VIEW ARTIST PRESENT
"MUSIC FOR THE ANIMAS" CONCERT SERIES
LIVER DOWN THE RIVER & Pants Party
ALL PROFITS TO BE DONATED TO MOUNTAIN STUDIES INSTITUTE TO SUPPORT THE CLEAN UP OF THE ANIMAS RIVER
HOMETOWN THROW DOWN to end the Liver Down The River EP Release Celebration Tour
Tickets available at Southwest Sound & http://www.durangomassive.com/
The first 20 paid through the door a signed copy of the new EP.
Silent Auction 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Show Time: 9pm
Support Pants Party 9pm - 9:30pm
Liver Down The River 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Liver Down The River 12:00am - 1:15am
Liver Down The River
Liver Down The River is a six-piece jam style bluegrass group from the beautiful mountains of Durango, CO. The band incorporates elements of funk, rock, celtic, and Irish music into their sound. Their story began in the fall of 2012, when mandolin/harmonica player Patrick Storen met lead vocalist/guitar player Matt Granzow. The pair had an impromptu jam session in the Bader Snyder Dorm room of Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Together they began experimenting with bluegrass music, and incorporated their eclectic styles on traditional Grateful Dead tunes. That day spawned a lifelong friendship between the pair, and before long they were picking every afternoon.
Patrick Storen (Harmonica, Mandolin)
￼Emily Aguirre-Winter (Fiddle, Viola, Vocals)
￼Matt Granzow (Guitar, Vocals)
￼Derek Abt (Bass, Vocals)
￼Tyler Rice (Banjo, Vocals)
￼Carter Colia (Drums, Washboard)
You're invited to the Pants Party. A funk dance band that is sure to even make your grandma get down. Hailing from Durango, Colorado, Pants Party is a high energy musical experience. Consisting of four greatly talented musicians that play original, new and old school funk for your booty shaking pleasure. At the core, Mark Shriver on keyboards, Sam Kelly on alto-sax, Spencer Church on bass, and Joe Colomb on drums, have all played together in varying bands and have toured the Rocky Mountains and the southwest. Wherever they go, Pants Party invites local musicians to join in and fatten up their infectious grooves to solidify there connection to the local audience and to make each show a unique and funky experience.
Join MSI at the Durango Arts Center for a film and panel discussion about water in the West, brought to you by the Water Information Program.
Feature film: The Great Divide - The Destiny of the West is Written in the Headwaters of Colorado.
Management of Water in the West discussion to follow.
The Great Divide, a feature length documentary film from the Emmy award winning team of Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, will illustrate the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region. From Ancient Puebloan cultures and the gold rush origins of Colorado water law to agriculture, dams, diversions and conservation; the film will reveal today’s critical need to cross “the great divide,” replacing conflict with cooperation.
Glacier Club, Durango's only private golf community, is hosting the Member For A Day fundraiser to support Mountain Studies Institute's efforts for the Animas River.
- Play a round of golf
- Enjoy cocktail hour from 4 - 6 pm with delicious food and drink
- Full access to Glacier Club - including tennis, swimming, fishing, and hiking
Of your $200 entry fee, $100 will go to support Mountain Studies Institute!
Our friends at Rocky Mountain Wild are putting on a Bio Blitz at Wolf Creek!
$5 pints and Silent Auction
What: A benefit for those affected by the recent disaster. A silent auction and $5 drafts.
Where: The Pint Room, 2620 W Belleview Ave, Littleton CO
When: Friday August 21st
Who: We will be benefiting the San Juan Citizens Alliance, a non profit environmental management and outreach group. The Mountain Studies Institute, a non profit environmental research group that has done a lot of work recently without much funding. The Navajo United Way, they've set up an account specifically for donations to mitigate the effects of the disaster.
Sweetwater String Band and the Rochester Hotel have partnered to provide an evening of music as a fundraiser for Mountain Studies Institute. The event will be held on August 12th at the Rochester Hotel. 4:30 to 7 pm. This evening is a fundraiser for Mountain Studies Institute to support their good work, like the recent efforts monitoring the Animas River. Please come out and show your support.
If your business would like to become a sponsor for this event please email Scott Roberts at Scott@mountainstudies.org
The Springs Stewardship Institute (SSI) and the Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) have teamed up to host a multi-day workshop to advance springs stewardship in the upper Colorado Plateau.
The San Juan Mining and Reclamation steering committee bring you the 2015 San Juan Mining Conference to Telluride May 28-29. The primary goals of this annual conference are to educate the public and other stakeholders on the science and policy of mining, mine lands remediation, and water quality as it relates to non point source pollution, improving mining practices, and addressing water quality impairments through workshops, field tours, and presentations.
Join Mountain Studies Institute as we host the June Durango Green Drinks of the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado, SASCO. This monthly event is hosted by SASCO and a partner organization to provide a social forum for community members to meet, network, discuss issues and projects related to sustainability, and get connected to exciting things happening in our greater community.
Join scientists from CU-Boulder to explore the connections between snow hydrology and the role of dust in nutrient cycling in the Colorado alpine. The program will inform attendees about how to understand snow pack measurements and where to find snowpack data and offer a primer on the links between human activity and their impacts on water quality and supply.
Warming temperatures, earlier snow melt, changes in our forests. How will changes in our climate affect you? MSI will present a view of the future and a strategy for adaptation
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, 419 San Juan Drive.
Join us March 4th at the Himalayan Kitchen from 11:30 - 1:30 for our quarterly luncheon bringing conservation minded businesses, land managers, citizens, and non-profits together to discuss potential collaborations on projects in Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners.