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Colorado Guardsmen give needed push to public works project in Durango 
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010     

CONTACT:
Capt Michael Odgers
(720) 785-3860

DURANGO, Colo. (9/16/10) – On Friday Sept.17, the 947th Engineer Company of the Colorado National Guard will be completing an Innovative Readiness Project in cooperation with the City of Durango.   

The project involves moving large boulders from the Glacier Club to Whitewater Park. The boulders will be placed into the Animas River in the future to create a recreation area for whitewater enthusiasts.

This civil-military project is part of the National Guard’s Innovative Readiness Training program.  Civil-military IRT projects enhance unit training and readiness, while filling a community need that is not otherwise being met. The unit must maintain its readiness by performing realistic training, and IRT projects provide a meaningful outlet for that training and help connect National Guard units with the communities they serve.

“These projects provide real-world training opportunities that make a difference in the communities we serve,” said Col. Dana Capozzella, commander of the Colorado Army National Guard. 

“We are very thankful for the Glacier Club's generous donation, and the National Guard's assistance to move boulders to the site of the future whitewater park. We were at a stopping point, but this assistance has allowed the City of Durango to move forward with the project,” said Cathy Metz, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Whitewater recreation in Durango brings in an estimated $19 million a year in revenue, and is a wonderful activity in which people from all over Colorado and the nation appreciate the beauty of the Animas River and this area.”

Currently, the city has a conditional water right for recreational purposes. According to city officials, completing this project is necessary for the city to make those water rights permanent.

Recent IRT projects include Tamarisk removal in Grand Junction, Colo., the building of a retention pond in Deer Trail, Colo., and work on the Fruita dam and reservoir in Fruita, Colo.

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For Assignment Editors: Whitewater Park is located at 107 Camino del Rio in Durango, Colo. The best time to cover this project will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Media interested in covering this training please confirm with Capt. Michael Odgers at (720) 785-3860.

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