Initiative will provide for full-time river advocate

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FARMINGTON — The San Juan Citizens Alliance will have a launch party from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday for its riverkeeper initiative.

The riverkeeper initiaitive is part of the nonprofit organization's partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance, which is a global movement of 300 local advocates for water quality and riparian ecosystems. The San Juan Citizens Alliance has appointed Marcel Gaztambide as the Animas riverkeeper. He will work as a full-time advocate to protect and restore the river ecosystem and ensure safe, reliable access to the water resource, according to a press release from the San Juan Citizens Alliance, an environmental advocacy group based in Durango, Colo.  

“As the Animas riverkeeper, my aim is to provide strong advocacy to improve the quality of life for everyone who relies on the Animas River, whether for drinking water, recreation, agriculture or those who simply value the river’s health,” Gaztambide said in the press release. “Our program will provide a platform for people to engage with river issues, voice their concerns and celebrate our region’s most important resource.”

Gaztambide will be involved in the Superfund process for the newly designated Bonita Peak Mining District and will work to expand recreational opportunities on the Animas River, according to the press release.

The party will be held in the Little Pavillion gazebo at Berg Park's River Reach Terrace in Farmington. The event is free and open to the public. Soup and refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to sanjuancitizens.org/animas-river.

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