Animas River

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.


March 23, 2016--Spring runoff red-flags Animas aquatic life (Cortez Journal)

Water samples taken from the Animas River during the season’s first spring runoff since August’s Gold King Mine spill raise a “red flag” for potential harm to aquatic life in the waterway. On Feb.


Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop (on the Animas River; Silverton/Durango area)

06/22/2016 8:00 am
06/23/2016 5:00 pm

Join Mountain Studies Institute (MSI), 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. 


March 5, 2016--San Juan Clean Water Coalition to hold launch party Monday (Durango Herald)

Six months before the Gold King Mine blowout, a grass-roots movement prompted elected officials in Southwest Colorado to propose a site-specific good Samaritan legislation for counties within the San Juan Mountains. The idea was to implement a pilot program that would provide adequate protections for parties undertaking remediation projects in the hopes the legislation could spread


February 27, 2016--New Mexico, Navajo Nation prepare for spring run-off carrying heavy metals (NMED News)

While temperatures warm and the high altitude snowpack in Colorado’s Southern Rockies & San Juan Mountains begins to melt, Animas/San Juan watershed communities are getting ready for the re-disturbance of toxic heavy metals in their primary water source. The U.S.

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