Water Quality

November 23, 2015--Silverton, San Juan County officials will pursue Superfund (Durango Herald)

After more than 20 years of debate, the town of Silverton will officially engage the Environmental Protection Agency to work toward listing the mining district in the Upper Animas watershed as a Superfund site. Thursday night, San Juan County commissioners and the Silverton Town Board trustees said a motion will be presented at those agencies’ next respective board meetings to direct

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 12, 2015--Colorado, EPA clash over state role in Gold King Mine deluge (Denver Post)

Colorado officials are disputing Environmental Protection Agency accounts of the botched cleanup at an inactive mine that spilled 3 million gallons of toxic heavy metals into the Animas River, saying state experts gave advice but did not approve EPA actions. An EPA internal review of the disaster found that state Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety experts supported EPA wor

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 8, 2015--Why we should care for our watersheds (Glenwood Springs Independent)

 According to American Rivers, since that organization’s National River Cleanup program was launched in 1991, more than 17 million pounds of litter have been removed by more than 1,149,900 volunteers. Although these numbers seem to be beyond comprehension, they quite accurately represent the amount of trash that is hiding in our sensitive riparian areas.

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

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