Southern Utes decry water pollution |

Southern Utes decry water pollution

IGNACIO, Colo. ” The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is asking Colorado officials to stop a nearby town from polluting its water supply.

The Utes say effluent sent into Dry Creek from Bayfield is polluting its water supply in Ignacio. The tribe wrote to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last week seeking intervention in the matter.

The Utes say Bayfield’s wastewater treatment plant discharges effluent into the creek, which flows onto Southern Ute land and into the Pine River. Town officials say they are doing everything possible to slow water pollution until a new wastewater treatment plant is built in eight to 10 months.

A state official tells The Durango Herald that the Ute-Bayfield water dispute can likely be resolved without a lawsuit.

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