July 8, 2016--Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine (Cortez Journal)

After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed site is on about 80 acres just north of Rico. Its leaking St.

June 7, 2013--Old mines, today’s water Environmental agency cleans up Rico’s mineral legacy (Cortez Journal)

“We all live downstream,” as the saying goes, and that becomes more of a concern when abandoned mines are upstream, which is the case near the headwaters of the Dolores River. North of Rico along the river is the Rico-Argentine Mine complex, left over from gold and silver mining efforts in the 1930s and ’40s.

January 12, 2010--Leaks limit water to residents (Cortez Journal)

Rico residents came face to face with the difficulties of mountain living last week when a series of water leaks threatened the town's water supply and led to water shutoffs throughout town. A week ago, town officials realized there was a leak in the town's water system and started looking for the source.

November 14, 2009--DWCD approves Rico water request (Cortez Journal)

The Dolores Water Conservancy District Board of Directors unanimously approved a request from Rico representatives Thursday night to divert water from underground sources off the Dolores River for municipal use.

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