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Old 01-03-2010, 05:32 PM
 
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I have been researching for a place to relocate my family. We lived on South Beach for 14 years and now on a ranch in Dominican Republic. To summarize in few words, our goal is a place with 4 seasons, land and horse trails, eco friendly town, within 2 hours of large city, alternative/homeschooling families and enough sun to be off the grid.

We initially picked Asheville NC but the environmental concerns there made it a no-go.

Looking at South of Colorado, we found Durango/Mancos. It has just about everything we are looking for.

I started to do an in depth research and to my surprise, like Asheville, it seems like the coal industry implanted in the NW of NM is affecting the Durango area quite a bit (Frequent haze, high ozone, acid rain, mercury in rivers and basins, ...etc). The situation seems to be getting worse since 2003.

Is it really getting worse?
Are many water wells been tainted as it is mentioned in articles?
Is the haze you see in pictures really constant?
Anybody checking the ozone levels on a daily basis in Durango?
What about the Mercury in the rivers?

I would really appreciate comments from knowledgeable people, not "i just looked outside my window and the sky is blue" type of answer.

Thanks
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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This might help answer your questions:

http://co.laplata.co.us/publications/AirQuality.htm
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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Thank you for the link. The Nox and VOC maps at the end of the report are enough for me to cross out Durango.

Any other town in CO with similar criteria that I could start doing research on?
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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Good grief! The air their is fine!
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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Good grief! The air their is fine!
I always thought it wasn't too bad in Asheville either. Never heard anyone complain. You want bad air look at inland CA.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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I started to do an in depth research and to my surprise, like Asheville, it seems like the coal industry implanted in the NW of NM is affecting the Durango area quite a bit (Frequent haze, high ozone, acid rain, mercury in rivers and basins, ...etc). The situation seems to be getting worse since 2003.
you've got to be joking. I've never seen the words "Durango" and "pollution" used together and never would have imagined it. I've never seen any issues like that when I've stayed in Durango.

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Is it really getting worse?
Are many water wells been tainted as it is mentioned in articles?
Is the haze you see in pictures really constant?
What haze? Seems to me like you're reading some over-the-top nonsense.

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I would really appreciate comments from knowledgeable people, not "i just looked outside my window and the sky is blue" type of answer.
That's better than blindly believing some scare-tactics publication written by people with an agenda.
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Old 01-04-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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within 2 hours of large city
Of course, Durango doesn't meet this criterion either.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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Thank you all for your input. I have now done enough research to know that there is air pollution in La Plata county. Without going through an extensive length of links, i would refer to the link sent by cava1990 above. On page 68, the two maps represent VOC and Nox levels (the two Ozone precursor) .

How come La plata is so high compare to the rest of SW CO? Hours of traffic jams on its highways????
of course not, only source can be the NW NM coal power plants and the Ute reserves oil/NG drilling.

Again, i was hoping to hear from locals that are aware of the ongoing issues in order to get a feel of where La Plata county is heading.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:11 PM
 
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I always thought it wasn't too bad in Asheville either. Never heard anyone complain.
Are you serious?!? Research this Forum and you will certainly change your mind.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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Of course, Durango doesn't meet this criterion either.
correct. Albuquerque is a bit more than 3 hours. but 2 hours would of course be better.
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