Animas River. Photo by: Clyde Frogg / Wikimedia Commons
Animas River. Photo by: Clyde Frogg / Wikimedia Commons

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Written by: Matthew McGuire
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Two months ago, on August 5, the Animas River was polluted from a spill of waste water left by Gold King Mine.

Over three million gallons of toxic mining waste was indirectly released into the river during surveillance by the Environmental Protection Agency near Durango, Colorado. The mainstream media has gone against the EPA on this issue, but doesn’t seem to be upset with their regulation of Volkswagen vehicles from polluting the atmosphere.

Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) is an independent not-for-profit mountain research and education center established in 2002 in Silverton, Colorado. They have put together a report of the Animas River near Durango, Colorado. View and download the report below.

The river is starting to filter out the contaminants, but a section of the mine waste water has settled at the bottom of the river. When stirred up, the chemicals can be directly seen in the water.

Watch a video by The Denver Post with their coverage featuring an update on the Animas River.


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Director of DPtv Molly Hughes is joined via skype by Denver Post reporter Jesse Aaron Paul to discuss the fallout in Southwest Colorado after the EPA spill in the Animas River.


“The news from these data and other data taken along the Animas River and the San Juan River is that the major human health concerns generated from the plume were very short lived. We see a spike in metals as the plume passed, but concentrations for all metals returned to either nondetectable or pre-plume levels within a weeks time. pH dipped at our sampling location as the plume passed in the first 24 hours, but has since then stabilized to normal levels previously seen in the Animas River.” – MSI

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Mountain Studies Institute report on the Animas River.
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