UWP Fall 2016 Newsletter… sampling and remediating water quality in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado

Happy Fall Colors!

Students are back in school. Temperatures are dropping. Plants are preparing for winter. Water flows have decreased dramatically.

At the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP), we are finishing up some mine remediation and water sampling projects, after a busy summer that included the Ridgway RiverFest and the San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference. Many of the projects described in our fall newsletter are up in the high country where you may be headed to see the changing leaves and to get in your last few hikes, bikes and outings before winter restricts access.

While our incredible San Juan Mountain landscape naturally contributes heavy metals to our water sources, the legacy of multiple mining operations also plays a large role in contaminating streams and making them unsuitable for aquatic life and drinking. Among UWP’s many activities, we are committed to helping remediate some of this damage and improve water quality. Please click on the link at the end of this blog post and take a few moments to read about the important work being done by contractors and volunteers for UWP, as well as our partners in the watershed.

Thank you as always for your interest and support,  Tanya Ishikawa, UWP Communications Director


Fall 2016 Newsletter Contents

Sneffels Creek diverted away from Atlas Mill mine tailings

Water sampling supports past and future remediation projects

Dallas Creek Water Company Water Source Protection Plan released

New UWP Board Member Michael Johnson

Thank you to the 40-plus Ridgway RiverFest volunteers

2016 San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference gathers biggest crowd yet

Upcoming UWP Events

Read the full UWP Fall 2016 Newsletter.