Colorado

May 29, 2016--Coloradans press EPA on fate of emergency Gold King treatment plant (Denver Post)

Acid sludge from the Gold King Mine has filled up waste bags at the Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency treatment plant on headwaters of the Animas River, forcing the feds to grapple with continued creek-cleaning and disposal. And untreated muck laced with heavy metals from three nearby mines still drains — at an average rate of 640 gallons a minute.


May 28, 2016--Mountain Village begins environmental incentive programs (Telluride Daily Planet)

The town of Mountain Village is bringing several environmental incentive programs to its residents, beginning Friday and continuing through the summer. The incentive programs include funding for heat trace systems for roofs and gutters with snow and ice-melt systems, a solar energy incentive, noxious weed control incentive, LED light incentive, wildfire mitigation incentive and water use e


May 28, 2016--EPA extends Superfund public comment period (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday extended the public comment period on the proposed Superfund site in San Juan County to June 13. The extension will give the public an additional week to comment on the Bonita Peak Mining District, which encompasses nearly 50 sites. The site was placed on the Federal Register in April for consideration on the National Priorities List.&nb


May 27, 2016--McPhee boat inspections get funding (Cortez Journal)

Efforts to prevent forest fires and invasive mussels are among the list of projects that may receive funding from the U.S.


May 24, 2016--The color of dread: The Animas River runs yellow, again (Colorado Independent)

It’s back – the color of dread. The mustard hue that triggered global headlines after last summer’s Gold King Mine spill has returned to parts of Southwest Colorado’s Animas River. As much as Durango business boosters strive to put the August 2015 disaster behind them, some locals see this week’s especially yellow flows as a reminder of the questions stil


May 23, 2016--Whitewater release a go for lower Dolores River (Durango Herald)

It’s official: There will be a whitewater release on the lower Dolores River below McPhee Dam, the first since 2011. 


May 22, 2016--Post-Gold King power shift: EPA moves in, local river groups seek role (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency's push toward a Superfund cleanup of mines poisoning the Animas River brings a power shift — one that worries newly energized Colorado watershed groups seeking an active role. For two decades, the local Animas River Stakeholder Group drove efforts to deal with acid metals draining from the hundreds of mines drilled into mountains above Silverto


Public Forum: Is the Animas River Safe?

05/26/2016 5:30 pm

Durango Public Library


May 18, 2016--Gold King Mine spill issues dissected at conference (Durango Herald)

 About 130 people gathered for the first day of a mining conference aimed at better understanding the environmental conditions facing the Animas and San Juan rivers. Hosted by the New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute, various local and municipal agencies throughout three states, two Native American tribes and three Environmental Protection Agency regions attended sessions


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