Reclamation Seeks Information about Vandalism on Animas-La Plata Project Land

Media Contact: Mark Chiarito, (970) 385-6577
Justyn Hock, (970) 248-0625

For Release: October 21, 2010

Sometime during the weekend of October 8 to 10, 2010, vandals damaged an Animas-La Plata Project boundary fence along the recently opened County Road 210. Reclamation asks that anyone with information about this vandalism or any potential future vandalism contact the La Plata County Sherriff's Office at (970) 385-2900 or Crimestoppers at 247-1112.

Crimestoppers also accepts tips submitted via text message or internet. You do not need to give your name, and you may be eligible for a substantial cash reward. For more information, visit

The penalty for willful destruction of federal government property is assessment of a fine and/or imprisonment up to 10 years (18 U.S.C 1361).

The area in and around Lake Nighthorse remains closed to public use until a recreation management entity is identified and appropriate recreation facilities are built to provide for public safety and protect resources from damage due to uncontrolled use. Trespassers may be subject to citation by La Plata County Sheriff.

Reclamation is working with the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District to develop a recreation plan which will include a series of public meetings starting later this year with dates and times to be announced through the radio, television, newspaper, and fliers

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