Now that We Reconnected, What Next?

Continued monitoring of river ecosystem health is key to fully understanding the effects of the Gold King Mine accident

  • Continued monitoring of the Animas River will be needed as sediments deposited by the spill will both leach while in-situ and will be disturbed and re-deposited during higher flow events. Such activity will likely cause a short term decrease in water quality
  • Specific monitoring will be needed relative to the health of aquatic species.
  • According to a variety of indicators the EPA did not have sufficient protocols in place prior to beginning their exploratory work on the Gold King mining entrance including a emergency communication protocol. Hopefully the EPA will learn from their errors as they move forward with their mine remediation efforts.
  • Numerous tools and governmental agencies are available to move forward the mine remediation effort. The challenge ahead will be utilizing the voices of citizens in the Animas/San Juan watershed to insist the financial and organizational resources are specifically focused on the remediation effort soon.  The work-on-the-ground will take decades, but we can no longer wait to address these concerns in a more deliberate and widerange effort than we have seen to this date.

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Continue Reading About the Gold King Mine

The Setting

Location, geology, and history of the spill area.

The Accident

How and why did it happen?

What is in the Water?

How will the chemicals in the water affect the health of wildlife and humans?

Riparian Health

What does this mean for river and riparian health?

Human Health

What does the Gold King Mine mean for human health?

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