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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