Our Mission

Clean Water Durango works to protect the quality and safety of Durango's drinking water, with a focus on public health.

Currently, Clean Water Durango is working on a ballot initiative for the election in April of 2017 that asks city voters to vote yes to remove sodium fluoride from the City's drinking water.

Our primary focus is supporting education and advocacy related to the addition of fluoridation chemicals to municipal drinking water supplies. Our work is strongly rooted in expanding awareness about the growing scientific evidence related to the risks of fluoride.

We also work to support alternatives to water fluoridation that help promote children’s dental health in a manner that is more effective than water fluoridation, such as increasing children’s access to dental care and preventative strategies for avoiding childhood cavities.

Meet Our Team



Dr. John Rothchild is a general dentist who practices the holistic aspect of dentistry.  He has been practicing for 37 years.

John has lectured internationally, is Professor Emeritus of Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington DC, was associate professor of Surgery at Rush Medical College in Chicago, and is former dean of the School of Biological Dental Medicine in Saddlebrook, New Jersey. He is presently on staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, CO.

He has also authored numerous scientific articles that have appeared in Dental and Medical Journals.

Besides a Doctor of Dental Surgery, he is a Doctor of Integrative Medicine and a Doctor of Naturopathy.  He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, and the International Dental Implant Association.  He is also holds a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a Diplomat in the American Academy of Pain Management, National Board of Dento-Cranial Competency, and the College of Forensic Orthopedics.

He recently was named to the Visiting Faculty of the prestigious Spears Education Center, CEREC division in Scottsdale, AZ.

In his free time, you might find him playing his trombone in one of the many musical groups he is involved with in the Durango, Pagosa Springs communities.

Jim Forleo DC

Jim Forleo DC

DR. JAMES VINCENT FORLEO has been a practicing chiropractor in Durango since 1976. He specializes in wholistic health with clinical experience in chiropractic, spinal biomechanics, applied kinesiology, nutrition, and cranial osteopathy.

Dr Jim is a popular workshop leader and educator. In the past few years, his love of education has led him to question the value of water fluoridation in relation to health.

He has researched the benefits and risks of adding industrial fluoride to drinking water, which has led to the campaign to eliminate fluoridation in Durango Colorado's water.





Bob Lieb

Bob Lieb

Bob was raised in Newport Beach, California. He attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a business degree in 1963. Along with his wife, he developed a national swimwear brand from 1964 – 1976. In 1976, Bob moved with his wife and four children to Wengen, Switzerland and lived there until 1978, at which time he and his family relocated to Durango, Colorado, where he currently lives.

Since moving to Durango, Bob has contributed greatly to business and community life. He was the managing director of the Durango Chamber of Commerce from 1978 – 1979 and founded the Snowdown Winter Carnival that same year. He established Durango Threadworks in 1980, which manufactures backpacks, wallets, purses, outerwear and resort wear with three retail locations in Bodo, Main Ave and Purgatory Resort.  In 1993, he facilitated the opening of Durango Kids World, a day care facility; he formed the Durango Business Improvement District in 1998; served as a La Plata County Commissioner from 1999 – 2007; and spearheaded the creation of the Regional Housing Authority.


Dale G. Strietzel DDS

Dale G. Strietzel DDS

Dr. Dale Strietzel graduated from Marquette University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He has practiced dentistry for over thirty years in both Wisconsin and Colorado. For the past twenty years, Dr. Strietzel has been in private practice in Mancos and Durango, helping patients improve their overall health by building strong relationships, helping them become comfortable with dental care and helping them understand how their dental health affects their overall health. Dr. Strietzel has continued to broaden his knowledge and expertise through memberships in many dental organizations and through participation in advanced continuing education programs, including Dr. Huggins training in safe mercury removal. His philosophy has always been to treat his patients as individuals, with the greatest respect, and to do so in a warm and caring manner. At least once or twice a year, Dr. Strietzel travels on dental missions to bring quality dental care to those without services. He has served children and families in Guatemala, Mexico, Romania, Africa, Ukraine, Peru, and India. Dale also serves in local charity programs and participates in the "Give Kids A Smile" program. Dr. Strietzel is married, has five children, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, fishing, hunting, gardening, x-country skiing, reading, and overseas mission trips.

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