Meetings roundup: U.S. Department of Energy to discuss Shiprock evaporation pond

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times
Shiprock Chapter

FARMINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management is considering three proposals for the evaporation pond located at the disposal site of a former uranium and vanadium ore processing facility in Shiprock.

The office intends to prepare an environmental assessment for groundwater compliance at the Shiprock Uranium Mill Tailings Site. The assessment is part of the process under the National Environmental Policy Act.

There will be a presentation about the disposal site and its evaporation pond as well as information about the assessment process and schedule of activities.

In conjunction with the assessment, the office is considering proposals for the site's future.

The three proposals are removing the existing 10-acre pond and continue with enhanced natural flushing, replacing the pond or continuing current operations for the pond, according to the office.

Information about each proposal will be shared during the meeting.

Time will also be provided for an open discussion and to make comments.

The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Shiprock Chapter house.

Farmington to discuss priority projects

The Farmington City Council will select priority projects for its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan when it meets at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive.

The plan is adopted on a yearly basis. Last year's plan included:

  • Extending Piñon Hills Boulevard
  • Adding bike lanes and pedestrian paths to Foothills Drive
  • Improving safety at fire stations
  • Replacing waterline along the La Plata Highway
  • Building the Villa View Detention Pond to prevent flooding
  • Improving a runway at the airport
  • Building a transit hub for Red Apple Transit
  • Installing security cameras in downtown as well as in parks and along the river trail
  • Adding recreational amenities and infrastructure at Lake Farmington
  • Creating an iconic park outside of Farmington Museum

Placing a project on the list does not necessarily mean the city will complete it in the upcoming years. Instead, having a project listed on the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan helps the city receive state and federal funding.

The various city departments have submitted their requests for consideration. 

The requests this year include: 

  • A new BMX course
  • Renovation of athletic facilities
  • New trails
  • A multi-generational recreation facility
  • Palmer House restoration
  • Piñon Hills Golf Course improvements
  • A new all abilities park
  • A self-service aviation fuel facility
  • A new police station

A full list of requested projects is available in the agenda packet online at

CCSD board to meet in Kirtland

The regular meeting for the Central Consolidated School District will be at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the Kirtland Board Room in Kirtland.

Details about the meeting were not available as of Aug. 16.

Reporter Hannah Grover contributed to this report.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at

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