The Watch features Mining Reclamation cover story

Evolution of Mining: Site remediation efforts protect people and water

By Tanya Ishikawa, Special to The Watch

Silver and gold. Lead and zinc.

Fortune seekers have been excavating the San Juan Mountains for 150 years to extract profitable, shiny minerals. The unintended consequences were the damaging release of acid rock mine drainage, carrying lead, zinc, cadmium, copper and other heavy metals throughout local watersheds.

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UWP samples sediment and water after Ouray Hydrodam’s 2017 spring reservoir release

UWP project coordinator Agnieszka Przeszlowska, Jeff Litteral of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and UWP Board Member Dennis Murphy spent the weekend of March 18-19, 2017, sampling water and sediment at several locations along the Uncompahgre River. Our nonprofit is studying the effects of an annual release of water and sediment from the Ouray Hydrodam. The purpose of the release is to maintain and improve dam operations. The study’s aim is to understand if the high heavy metal concentrations in the release, resulting from both natural mineral deposits and flows through mining waste, has longterm negative impacts on the watershed.

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership thanks Ouray Hydrodam Operator Eric Jacobson, the Town of Ridgway, City of Ouray, Ouray County, and other partners who made this water quality study event possible.

TOP PHOTO: Water being released from the Ouray Hydrodam. BOTTOM PHOTO: Dennis Murphy samples sediment at the Ridgway Reservoir. Photos by Agnieszka Przeszlowska.

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$3,000 raised by Fly Fishing Film Tour & Uncompahgre River Benefit co-hosted by RIGS, Trout Unlimited and UWP

Check out a few articles about the benefit and the project that the raised funds will support.

Alternative Power proposes panel permit simplification

by Dalton Carver, dalton@ouraynews.com

The building permit process for solar panel construction may change, after testimony from an Alternative Power Enterprises representative at the Board of County Commissioners meeting Tuesday, March 21.

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Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership requests support

Scott Williams, representing the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, also made a short presentation during call to the public Tuesday.

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RIVER ECOSYSTEM HEALTH FEATURED AT FLY FISHING FILM NIGHT

Special to Montrose Mirror

RIDGWAY-An adventurous mission in pursuit of a giant predatory fish. An inspiring expedition to a tiny island to help protect an over-exploited fishery. An exploration of how to save a wilderness area from rampant poaching and ecosystem collapse.

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2017 Guided Snowshoe Tour to Yankee Girl Mine

 A group of 12 adventurers enjoyed a snowshoe tour through the Red Mountain Mining District with historic interpretation by local author and historian Don Paulson on Feb. 18, 2017. The donated fees for the tour will support programs at the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and Ouray County Historical Society.

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Plaindealer shares Humble Mine remediation project news

Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership requests support

Scott Williams, representing the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, made a short presentation during call to the public Tuesday [at the Ouray County Commissioners meeting]. Williams requested county support, through a letter, on a grant proposal to the Bureau of Reclamation for a fourth mine remediation project. [continued…]

Read more in the Feb. 2, 2017 Ouray County Plaindealer page 11.

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