Animas River Stakeholders Group

October 6, 2011--Gold miner offers $6.5M for cleanup (Durango Herald)

The largest gold producer ever in Silverton has offered $6.5 million toward cleaning up toxic waste leaking from one of its shuttered mines. A letter from the Sunnyside Gold Corp. was received Tuesday by the stakeholders group that has been working on cleanup since 1994.


August 17, 2011--Superfund project looks to reduce toxic flow (Durango Herald)

A potential Superfund project in this old mountain mining town to reduce the amount of toxic metals flowing into the Animas River would focus on only the most glaring examples - four mines that are spewing 700 gallons a minute into an Animas tributary.


Animas River Quality

When Sunnyside Mining Company ended operations in Silverton in 1991, it negotiated a court decree to plug mine outlet tunnels, including the main access, the American Tunnel, with bulkheads. But the bulkheads raised the subterranean water level tremendously, increasing pressure that created drainage in nearby mines that had been mostly dry.


May 21, 2011--No solutions on Animas River pollutants (Durango Herald)

A meeting in Silverton this week concerning heavy-metal contamination of the Animas River increased public knowledge of the problem but produced no immediate solutions. “We wanted to bring people up to date on the quality of water in the Animas and why it’s getting worse,” Pete


December 10, 2009--Video: How not to clean up Colorado’s leaking mines (Colorado Independent)

If you want a good explanation of why it makes no sense to require every draining mine in Colorado to have a treatment plant at its base, check out the recently-posted video titled “Act of Congress: Good Samaritans and Draining Mines.” The video was created by Biscuit Boy Productions and Tom Schillaci, a member of the Animas River Stakeholders Group–in support of Senator Mark


April 24, 2008--Stakeholders honored in Washington (Durango Telegraph)

The Animas River Stakeholders Group celebrated Earth Day in the spotlight. On April 22, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne honored the effort to restore the Animas watershed with a coveted Cooperative Conservation Award.


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