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    On August 5, 2015, the Gold King mine near Silverton, Colorado unleashed an estimated 3 million gallons of toxic mine wastewater into the headwaters of the Animas River. The ugly orange plume moved down the watershed over the next few days impacting three communities four states and several tribes.  Thankfully there was no massive fish kill, but the long-term impacts are yet to be seen.   Read more ...
    Photo Credit: Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
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    Long-abandoned hardrock mines in southwest Colorado leach toxic heavy metals into our streams and rivers, killing fish and contaminating miles of water. Support our legislative solution now.
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    The San Juan Mountains provide an abundance of outdoor activities from rafting and fly fishing to hiking, camping and wildlife viewing—all of which depend on healthy, clean water.            
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    The fabled trout waters of the San Juan Mountains offer fly fishing experiences of a lifetime. Cold, clean water is required for productive trout rivers, but acid mine drainage is polluting vital headwaters.        
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    The quality of our local drinking water is directly connected to the health of our rivers and watersheds. We risk a safe, dependable water supply if we don’t improve the water quality in our headwaters.        
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    Agriculture is deeply rooted in our heritage in southwest Colorado and remains a staple of our local economy. Clean, healthy rivers are vital to our farms, ranches and food supply.    
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    Having access to wild, unspoiled backcountry is the reason most people live here in southwest Colorado. Help us preserve our outdoor quality of life by advocating for clean water.        

The Problem

Acid mine drainage from abandoned mines is contaminating America’s rivers – and the Animas is the poster child.  EPA estimates there are over 500,000 abandoned mines in the west, contaminating 40% of headwater streams.  Join us!  Together, we can find solutions and build healthy watersheds. 

Who We Are

The San Juan Clean Water coalition is a unified voice for the health of the Animas River, and watersheds west-wide.  We are a voluntary coalition of businesses, organizations and individuals in support of a comprehensive five point plan to protect and restore the health of the Animas River watershed while supporting much-needed mining reform legislation to assist with mine cleanup efforts across the nation.

In the wake of the Gold King spill in the headwaters of the Animas River, we have added a set of Animas-specific objectives to our efforts to pass Good Samaritan legislation.

Learn more about what we’re advocating for by clicking “The Plan” tab above.

Please take action now to learn more and support the effort.

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