Water Quality

Global Water Quality

According to a recently released white paper by Veolia and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), global water quality is expected to take a plunge in the coming years. "This

September 27, 2015--A critical step in protecting the West’s waterways (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The massive and tragic spill of mine wastewater into the Animas River is a stark reminder of the impacts energy and mineral development can have on our waterways.  While we have come a long way since the mining rush of the 19th century, energy and mineral development continues throughout Colorado and the West.  Development must be done responsibly especially when it comes to our preci

September 23, 2015--Gold King Mine's temporary treatment plant to open by Oct. 14 (Denver Post)

The federal government said Wednesday it will open a temporary water treatment system at the Gold King Mine by Oct. 14 to deal with the spoiled waters. The portable plant will treat 550 gallons per minute of water still discharging from the mine in southwest Colorado, according to an Environmental Protection Agency news release.

September 23, 2015--Here comes the sea: The struggle to keep the ocean out of California’s coastal aquifers (Circle of Blue)

Driving on the world-famous Route 1, just south of town, a traveler looking west across fields of strawberries can see the great silvery expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The land is heavy with a harvest that will soon be trucked to grocery stores and fruit stands throughout the United States. The Pacific, in the late afternoon sun, dazzles like camera flashes. But the ocean also is stealthy.

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 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 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.

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