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Santa Rita Intake – Animas River Channel Improvements Project
Upstream of the Whitewater Park is the City of Durango Santa Rita Intake, which is the primary structure on the Animas River for the City’s water supply.  To address the headcut in the Animas River involving the erosion of the bank and river bottom, the City of Durango will complete improvements in the river.  The primary purpose of the project is to bring the river flow back to a natural condition where the primary flow is located on the outside of the bend or river left to supply reliable water to the City’s water intake.  The improvements will also be navigable for recreation and fish passage.  View the map of the in-stream improvements here

See August 10, 2016 Press Release and signage for Animas River Trail Closure and Detour

 Estimated Santa Rita Intake Project Schedule
 August 11,
 2016
 Install traffic control and barrier fencing.
 August 15, 2016  Importing boulders and preparation for the cofferdam.
 September 5,
 2016
 Cofferdam construction, dewatering set-up on river left.
 September 12,
 2016
 Santa Rita in-stream structure river left construction (approximately 4 weeks).
 October 10,
 2016
 Relocate cofferdam, dewatering on river right.
 October 17,
 2016
 Santa Rita in-stream structure river right construction (approximately 3 weeks).
 November 15,
 2016
 Project completion.

During construction river users will be able to portage out of the river on river left.  Trail users will be detoured around the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail Connection

The City of Durango is evaluating the Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail connection with consideration of several alternatives.  The trail planning and design involves the area between River Road and the existing section of the SMART 160 Trail at the west end of the Grandview interchange.
Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail Connection

Durango Whitewater Park
Durango Whitewater Park in-stream construction is finished and open for boating. Construction on the shoreline amenities adjacent to the in-stream Whitewater Park features will continue the remainder of this year. To scout the Smelter Rapids at the Whitewater Park, use river right at the Off Leash Area (dog park) and portage river left and walk on the re-route of the Animas River Trail around the wastewater treatment plant to put back in near the restrooms.

The improvements will secure the City's Recreational In-channel Diversion (RICD) water rights for the Animas River.  The improved Whitewater Park will add features for top level and recreational boaters.

View the Whitewater Park Design

Whitewater Park Community Vision Workshop - November 21, 2013

Updated Information from the Whitewater Park Community Workshop


Preliminary Design Options

River Access Access Design Process
Please visit the River Access Design page for updated information and a list of public meetings.