Animas River

November 16, 2015--History in the headlines (Durango Herald)

Recently released archival photos of mine tailing pits above Silverton highlight that not much has changed when it comes to complaints about mine waste since the region’s early settlement. “Ranchers and farmers who want to use water for irrigation in the lower valley have always attempted to force the mine and mill operators to keep the tailings from polluting the streams; howe

November 14, 2015--Silverton leaders leaning toward Superfund after Gold Kine Mine spill (Denver Post)

For roughly two decades, Silverton has rebuffed federal Superfund dollars to clean up the scores of abandoned mines leaching contaminants into its surroundings. But in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill, and under immense pressure from its downstream neighbors, the southwestern Colorado town's leaders are now leaning toward endorsing the controversial remedy.&nbsp

November 13, 2015--Metal sediment unlikely to dissolve (Durango Herald)

Scientists working on heavy metals in the Animas River delivered some good news about the sediment Friday. Metals in the sediment left by the August Gold King Mine breach are likely to wash downstream without dissolving, and this could avoid a more toxic environment for aquatic life, a panel of experts said at Fort Lewis College. The perfect spring weather would bring flows of 6,000 t

November 11, 2015--Superfund tour through Colorado paints positive picture (Durango Herald)

It was a long, difficult road as the community of Leadville went through a more-than-20-year process through the Environmental Protection Agency’s hazardous cleanup Superfund program.

Animas Watershed Assembly and Partnership

12/03/2015 6:00 pm

Join the Animas Watershed Partnership (AWP) and speakers on December 3rd at the Durango Library (1900 E 3rd Ave, Durango, CO 81301) for information about the Colorado Watershed Assembly and septic systems from San Juan Basin Health. Presentations by Brian Devine and Chad Engelhardt with the Environmental Health Division at San Juan Basin Health.

November 1, 2015--Stakeholders focus on Animas (Durango Herald)

Not wanting to let attention waiver on the need to improve water quality in the Animas River watershed, key stakeholders on Sunday held an informational open house at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. “If there is a silver lining, it’s that now there is all this awareness concerning the health of the river,” said Ann Oliver of the Animas Watershed Partnership. 

October 30, 2015--"Good Samaritan" legislation on agenda (Associated Press)

Congressional Republicans revived "Good Samaritan" legislation Thursday designed to encourage companies and nonprofits to help clean up thousands of abandoned mines across the nation by protecting them from liability for environmental accidents. The proposal was one of three the House Natural Resources Committee unveiled after the Environmental Protection Agency inadvertently unl

October 29, 2015--Gold King mine owner: I won’t let Gladstone get stolen from me (Durango Herald)

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, made his first public appearance on Tuesday since the Aug. 5 blowout, and he had strong words for the Environmental Protection Agency and members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. Hennis acquired the Gold King Mine in 2005 as part a foreclosure sale and has never had the opportunity to mine the network.

October 22, 2015--EPA's spill pales in comparison to everyday mine leaks (Greenwire)

Politicians, activists, tribes and media outlets have expressed shock at last month's abandoned mine spill in Colorado, which sent 3 million gallons of polluted water down the Animas River. But environmental advocates and groups that have for decades been trying to clean up the legacy of unregulated mining say the incident pales in comparison to the broader problem of tens of thousands

October 20, 2015--Silver lining to an orange river (Durango Herald)

Whether it’s been biology, chemistry, language arts, social studies or math, teachers in many local schools have incorporated the Gold King Mine spill into their classwork.

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