Animas River

***Registration is Now Open for the June 22-23rd Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training on the Animas River***

Join Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Mountains Association, and the Water Information Program for two days of hands-on exploration of our local watersheds.  Our investigations will be based on the book My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains and curriculum guide which includes place-based activities that address Colorado State Standards.


April 29, 2016--Superfund management team lays out plans for 2016 (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials say by next month they intend to provide La Plata and San Juan counties a list of tasks it expects to complete in 2016 at the proposed Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. “Next month, we could provide a more comprehensive briefing on 2016 activities, where we will collect data and figure out what questions that data will ans


April 28, 2016--EPA: La Plata County won’t get full reimbursement for Gold King (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials told dismayed La Plata County commissioners on Wednesday not to expect compensation for some Gold King Mine spill costs. For seven months, county staff has sunk several hundred hours into drafting a cooperative agreement asking the EPA to fund up to $2.4 million over 10 years for spill-related costs and preparation measures for future emergencies.&


April 27, 2016--Cadmium, lead, copper levels in Animas headwaters exceed Colorado limits (Denver Post)

Animas River headwaters contamination exceeds state standards for cadmium, copper, lead and other toxic acid metals draining from inactive mines, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Sunnyside Gold Corp. revealed Tuesday. Until now, federal pronouncements after the EPA-triggered Aug.


April 26, 2016--Colorado senate passes abandoned mines cleanup bill (US)

Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources will soon be able to respond to emergency situations at more of the state’s abandoned mines. The Senate approved a bill Monday that allows the department to tackle situations threatening public safety or the environment at nearly any mine site. DNR’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety had been limited to si


EPA Releases Monitoring Plan for Animas and San Juan Rivers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) released its final monitoring plan for the Animas and San Juan rivers following the August 5, 2015 Gold King Mine incident. They also posted on their Gold King Mine website the results of surface water and sediment sampling collected as part of their yearlong effort to gather scientific data to evaluate ongoing river conditions, as well as impacts to public health and the environment.


April 12, 2016--Colorado lawmakers wrestle with old mines polluting streams (Denver Post)

State legislation aimed at helping government deal with inactive mines contaminating waterways advanced Monday, a step toward cleanups at sites that cannot qualify for a federal Superfund designation. the bill backed by Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Don Coram, R-Montrose, passed the House on its second reading.


April 11, 2016--City of Durango to correct river’s path near Santa Rita (Durango Herald)

The Animas River is shifting away from city intake pumps near Santa Rita Park, so the city is planning to build rock weirs to safeguard the city’s water supply. The Florida River is the city’s primary source of water, but the Animas is a secondary source the city uses throughout the summer, said Utilities Director Steve Salka. The river favored the west bank upsteam from S


March 31, 2016--Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman questioned over Gold King (Cortez Journal)

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is preparing defensive and offensive strategies to legal disputes in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill.


Animas River Watershed Health Event (Durango, CO)

04/07/2016 7:00 pm

National Public Health Week is coming up! San Juan Basin Health (SJBH) is holding an event on April 7th at 7pm at the Durango Public Library! If you are interested in learning and discussing information about the current status of the Animas River and future plans for watershed health you should plan to attend! For more information contact the Animas River Partnership or SJBH.


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