Water Quality

May 22, 2016--Post-Gold King power shift: EPA moves in, local river groups seek role (Denver Post)

The Environmental Protection Agency's push toward a Superfund cleanup of mines poisoning the Animas River brings a power shift — one that worries newly energized Colorado watershed groups seeking an active role. For two decades, the local Animas River Stakeholder Group drove efforts to deal with acid metals draining from the hundreds of mines drilled into mountains above Silverto


May 18, 2016--Gold King Mine spill issues dissected at conference (Durango Herald)

 About 130 people gathered for the first day of a mining conference aimed at better understanding the environmental conditions facing the Animas and San Juan rivers. Hosted by the New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute, various local and municipal agencies throughout three states, two Native American tribes and three Environmental Protection Agency regions attended sessions


May 18, 2016--Trout Unlimited, MSI launch Animas River monitoring following Gold King spill (Pagosa Daily Post)

Trout Unlimited, Mountain Studies Institute and partners yesterday announced plans for a multi-year monitoring of the Animas River to gauge the overall health of the Animas River and whether the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 is impacting aquatic health in the world-class trout waters through Durango. “We’re lucky that our community’s Gold Medal trout fishery wasn&rsqu


May 17, 2016--What can the American Dipper tell us about the Animas River? (Durango Herald)

It was John Muir’s favorite bird. “He is the mountain streams’ own darling, the humming-bird of blooming waters, loving rocky ripple-slopes and sheets of foam as a bee loves flowers, as a lark loves sunshine and meadows,” he wrote in 1894. On and off for 30 years, Muir, regarded as America’s most influential naturalist, noted the American


Animas Watershed Partnership Spring Forum

06/02/2016 6:00 pm

The Animas Watershed Partnership (AWP) Spring Forum will continue the discussion of improving water quality in the Animas River with people in Colorado, the Southern Ute Tribe and New Mexico to keep the Animas healthy, productive and fun. The keynote presenters are Benjamin Nance and Dr.


May 10, 2016--Silverton’s Gold King reckoning (High Country News)

On the morning of Aug. 5, 2015, a deep pool of acidic, metal-laden water was backed up behind debris in the Level 7 adit of the Gold King Mine on the slope of Bonita Peak, roughly 10 miles north of Silverton, Colorado.


May 4, 2016--Senators formally request criminal probe of Gold King Mine spill (Denver Post)

Two Republican senators on Tuesday formally requested a federal criminal probe of the Gold King Mine spill, saying enough evidence exists to suggest laws might have been broken in the August disaster. John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a letter to U.S.


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.


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