They're still talking about A-LP

  With four meetings down and who knows how many more to come, talks on Animas-La Plata, the $714 million dam and irrigation project proposed near Durango, Colo., continued this winter (HCN, 11/11/96).


Ten options remain on the table - down from 70 - and some involve downsizing the project. Others propose alternatives to bring water guaranteed by treaty to two Ute Indian tribes. Every option seems immensely complicated, participants agreed.


The six teams meeting to discuss A-LP include dam supporters, dam opponents, the states of Colorado and New Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Interior. They meet next on Jan. 17 at the Ute Mountain Casino in Towaoc, Colo.


*Becky Rumsey