September 12th, 2015

September 12, 2015--Colorado mine spill highlights Superfund challenges (Wall Street Journal)

The Colorado mine spill that sent three million gallons of toxic sludge into a river last month highlighted the struggles of the federal Superfund program to clean up contaminated mining sites across the American West. The program, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, was set up in the 1980s to remediate the nation’s most polluted places, from old factories to landfil

September 11, 2015--S. Utes: Spill costs at $200K (Durango Herald)

The price tag for the Gold King Mine disaster has reached about $200,000 for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and additional expenditures are likely. Southern Ute Chairman Clement Frost announced the financial setback to tribal coffers when addressing the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs on Thursday. The commission held its quarterly meeting at the Leonard C.

September 11, 2015--Get involved in water plans: Final public comments due Sept. 17 (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The people of Southwest Colorado have the rare opportunity to participate in a process to help frame the water future for southwest Colorado and the state as a whole for the next 50 years. The statewide plan, which will be finalized at the end of 2015, is built on a foundation of eight basin implementation plans formulated by basin roundtables created by HB 1177 and active since 2005.&nbsp

September 10, 2015--Lake expansion, renovation project complete (Telluride Daily Planet)

Ridgway’s water supply is in no danger of running dry thanks to the completion of a roughly $2 million expansion and renovation project at Lake Otonowanda. The project increased the town’s water storage capacity from 100 to 600 acre-feet (an acre-foot is the amount it takes to cover one acre to a depth of one foot) and restored a collapsed outlet, allowing the town to control w

September 10, 2015--Treatment facility for Colorado mine spill site would be difficult (Denver Post)

In the aftermath of last month's massive mine waste spill above Silverton, calls for a commercial water treatment facility near the Gold King Mine have intensified.

September 9th

September 9, 2015--Dolores Water Conservancy seeks mill levy (Dolores Star)

The Dolores Water Conservancy District board of directors is asking voters to set a permanent mill levy for the district. Ballot question 4A will appear on the November general election ballot, and would authorize DWCD to fix its operating mill levy at the current 0.483 mills and retain any additional income it receives. DWCD operates McPhee Reservoir and the Dolores Project.

September 7, 2015--Gold King spill stirs concerns about New Mexico’s old mines (Durango Herald)

The ongoing fallout in New Mexico from last month’s Colorado mine spill is a stark reminder that the “Land of Enchantment” has its own dangerous mines. While public officials continue to measure the damage wrought by the Gold King Mine spill, some say it’s a wake-up call to the staggering number of abandoned mines in New Mexico.

September 6, 2015--What went wrong? (Durango Herald)

Something caught San Juan Sheriff Bruce Conrad’s eye on Aug. 5 that compelled him to pull off on the side of County Road 110. He looked to the right, and there was Cement Creek as he knew it, murky and meandering. He then looked over his other shoulder and couldn’t believe what he saw.

September 5, 2015--A long road for mine cleanup (Durango Herald)

More questions than answers face those tasked with deciding the most efficient and feasible plan for cleaning up leaky mines above Silverton.

September 4, 2015--Why Silverton still doesn't want a Superfund site (High Country News)

Steve Fearn has spent 20 years fighting Superfund status in the mountains around Silverton, Colorado.