Colorado

August 8, 2016--With cleanup, Silverton braces for other challenges (Durango Herald)

The jolting sight of a mustard-yellow river in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill was enough to incite the worst fears for Silverton’s future, mainly that the national headline-yielding blowout would destroy the community’s economic crown jewel: tourism. But a year later, with official Superfund status expected this fall, it appears the Environmental Protection Ag


August 7, 2016--Southwestern Water hears proposals for Dryside irrigation (Durango Herald)

Options to pump Animas River water to Red Mesa for irrigation were recently floated to the Southwestern Water Conservation District, though none of the projects have funding. The proposals would pump water uphill from the Lake Nighthorse intake to Red Mesa Reservoir, east of the La Plata River and about four miles north of the New Mexico border. “The 700-foot elevation di


August 6, 2016--EPA to pay $1.2M more in costs from Colorado mine spill (Associated Press)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will pay another $1.2 million to tribes, states and local governments affected by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado. The announcement came on the anniversary of the blowout at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered the spill during preliminary cleanup work on Aug. 5, 2015.


August 4, 2016--As thirsty cities drive up water's price, can farms survive on the Front Range? (KUNC)

Few things are more valuable to a farmer in the arid West than irrigation water. Without it, the land turns back into its natural state: dry, dusty plains. If a fast-growing city is your neighbor, then your water holds even more value. Farm families in Western states like California and Colorado are increasingly under pressure to sell their water.


August 2, 2016--EPA report links Colorado to errors that led to Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to link the state to errors that resulted in the release of 3 million gallons of toxic mining sludge into the Animas River. In a one-year retrospective released Monday by the EPA, the federal agency is careful to underscore how the state was involved in planning that led to the blowout, which turned the Animas mustard yellow and deposite


August 2, 2016--Sunnyside Gold Corp. calls for dismissal of New Mexico lawsuit (Durango Herald)

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Sunnyside Gold Corp. shuttered the last operating mine in Silverton, yet the company’s involvement in the region is very much alive. On Friday, Sunnyside – now owned by international mining conglomerate Kinross Gold Corp.


July 30, 2016--EPA culpable but not alone in Gold King Mine mess (Denver Post)

A year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wound up red-faced after the Gold King Mine blowout turned the Animas River orange. Since then, the EPA won grudging support from Silverton and San Juan County to designate the Bonita Mountain mining district as a Superfund site, but little or no progress has been made on the ground toward a permanent fix.


July 29, 2016--Denver Water CEO calls for more flexibility in water management (Aspen Daily News)

Jim Lochhead, the CEO and manager of Denver Water, said Tuesday that building new dams in the Colorado River basin is not at the top of his to-do list. Nor, for that matter, is drying up farms to provide water for Colorado’s growing cities. But he says Colorado still needs to have hard conversations about how to flexibly manage its water.


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