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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 our clean water in the west. Under current laws, well-intended groups are reluctant to provide mine cleanup for fear of permanent liability and cost-prohibitive regulations.

The Solution

Legislation is necessary for groups to clean up abandoned hardrock mines in the west without fear of permanent liability for a problem they didn’t create. Senators Bennet and Gardner, and Representative Tipton from Colorado are pursuing such legislation this congressional session. Support the effort by joining the San Juan Clean Water Coalition now.

In the wake of the Animas spill at the Gold King mine, we have shifted the focus of this coalition to include a number of Animas-specific objectives.

Good Samaritan legislation will continue to be a primary objective.  We must not allow the Animas to have suffered in vain.  Together, we can initiate change.

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

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