Michael Breen & Vernon Mine Remediation Projects Article Published in Montrose Mirror

Heavy Metal Pollution Diverted from Uncompahgre River

By Tanya Ishikawa, UWP Communications Coordinator

Main waste rock pile during removal, September 2015RIDGWAY-The Uncompahgre River should be running a little bit cleaner this fall after contaminated water flows from abandoned mines were remediated this summer. The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP), a nonprofit in Ouray County focused on river restoration and preservation, completed two mine remediation projects in close collaboration with Jeff Litteral, a project manager for Colorado’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety.

Heavy metal pollution from abandoned mines in the San Juan Mountains are a major source of contaminants in the Uncompahgre.


Read the full article:MontroseMirror-101915-Page26

See the online article on page 26 of the Montrose Mirror Oct. 19, 2015 Issue.