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Old 08-06-2015   #1
 
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Animas River fouled by 1 million gallons in contaminated mine water - The Denver Post

Just posted a few minutes ago; it says it'll arrive in Durango in a few hours.

"The EPA recommends that recreational users of the Animas River avoid contact with or use of the river until the pulse of mine water passes," - San Juan Basin Health Department

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Disgusting.
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Fish Kill

That plume won't be stopping in Durango, what a disaster. I hope there are still Native fish to protect in the San Juan after this, otherwise they'll just run the San Juan dry during irrigation season...

On the bright side it would have cost a lot of money to clean all that wastewater but now it's just been dumped in to the river for free.
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Wow, sounds like the EPA inadvertantly released this contaminated water while investigating the abandoned mine, thats messed up, wonder what exactly they were doing that released it.
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Thick, radiant orange? That's awful. Probably too short of a time frame, but they could try to temporarily divert it and try to siphon it out before it contaminates too much... Sort of like when they divert the river to install a bridge or a culvert...
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Going to be very interesting to find out what the EPA did, it's not like someone was walking on the earthen dam and it collapsed. Will this flow unhindered into Powell? Worse time for it to as there isn't much to dilute it....
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Going to be very interesting to find out what the EPA did, it's not like someone was walking on the earthen dam and it collapsed. Will this flow unhindered into Powell? Worse time for it to as there isn't much to dilute it....
According to the article, they were investigating contamination with heavy machinery and disturbed(my word) some unconsolidated debris that was holding the contaminants back. Sounds like an accident...
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If the map in the article is accurate, this came out right by Silverton Mtn ski area. I've seen that drainage in late July a couple times. The stream was murky yellow/orange.
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I would expect burec to start dumping water out of Navajo to dilute it as it hits the San Juan.

Does any one in the area have any info on the state of things? Are dead fish visible yet?
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