Animas River

August 18, 2015--After the blowout: Silverton faces watershed moment in wake of Gold King Spill (Silverton Standard)

Tucked in amongst towering mountains and surrounded by wilderness with no easy way in or out, Silverton is one of the smallest, highest, most rugged and isolated communities in Colorado. But the three million gallon spill that the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally unleashed from the nearby Gold King Mine into Cement Creek and the Animas River on Aug.


August 17, 2015--Interior Department to investigate Gold King Mine accident (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the Department of Interior will do an independent review of the Gold King Mine blowout. According to a news release, the Interior Department will work to assess what caused the release of three million gallons of metals-contaminated wastewater Aug. 5 from the mine near Silverton.


August 16, 2015--In wake of Animas River catastrophe, Bennet will back Good Samaritan law (Durango Herald)

The accident that turned the Animas River orange may be revitalizing efforts to allow more reclamation projects that wouldn’t be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Gold King Mine, now infamous for polluting the Animas River, is one of many mines near Silverton that have been oozing heavy metals for years.


August 16, 2015--Animas River spill's political fallout defies expectations (Denver Post)

In a Donald Trump-esque political moment, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper defied all convention, all health and environmental fears about the Animas River, and took a drink of its water five days after 3 million gallons of pollution turned it orange.


August 15, 2015--Fort Lewis College brings expertise to Animas River (Durango Herald)

Understanding the science and accessing information about the Animas River spill can be a challenge to the lay person, so Fort Lewis College is offering its resources to the community. “As FLC professors and students begin to arrive back on campus ahead of the first day of classes on Aug.


August 15, 2015--Could this happen in the Pine River? (Pine River Times)

Can three million gallons of toxic waste spill into the Pine/Los Pinos River? Or could another spill in the Animas River reach here? No. First, the Pine River drainage is separate from the Animas River drainage, with Missionary Ridge serving as the natural dividing line between the two. The Aug.


August 14, 2015--Map: 1,645 miles of water feel the impact of abandoned CO mines (Colorado Public Radio)

When news of the Gold King Mine spill first emerged, many across the state quickly began wondering what other abandoned mines were hurting Colorado's water. Now the state Department of Public Health and Environment has a map to answer that question. In total, 1,645 miles of Colorado's streams are impaired by mining related impacts.


August 14, 2015--Animas River open for recreational use, sheriff said (Denver Post)

The Animas River is now open for recreational use with a health advisory from the state health department, officials said Friday afternoon.


August 14, 2015--Feds look at long-term solution to mining pollution (Daily Times)

While experts continue to monitor conditions on the Animas River after a spill last week at the Gold King Mine in Colorado, federal officials are beginning to discuss solutions to the decades-old problem of pollution in the Upper Animas Mining District. On Wednesday, a bipartisan coalition of U.S.


August 13, 2015--Congressmen appeal to Obama after Gold King disaster (Durango Herald)

Colorado and New Mexico lawmakers sent President Barack Obama a letter Wednesday urging him to direct federal resources toward addressing the Gold King Mine spill that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated mine sludge into the Animas River last week. The letter was sent by Colorado’s U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton; New Mexico’s U.S. Sens.


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