Gold King Mine spill conference set in Farmington

Mine waste tinged water in Cement Creek from the Gold King Mine area flows into the Animas River in August 2015 in Silverton. Scientists who have studied the impact of the mine spill on the watersheds will present findings at a June 20-22 conference in Farmington. Enlarge photo

Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald file

Mine waste tinged water in Cement Creek from the Gold King Mine area flows into the Animas River in August 2015 in Silverton. Scientists who have studied the impact of the mine spill on the watersheds will present findings at a June 20-22 conference in Farmington.

Since the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, scientists from universities and state and federal agencies have studied the watershed of the two rivers impacted by the spill.

The latest findings will be presented at the 2nd annual conference on “Environmental Conditions of the Animas and San Juan Watershed with Emphasis on Gold King Mine and Other Mine Water Issues.” The conference will take place June 20-22 at San Juan College in Farmington.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will host the conference for the second year.

This year’s technical program will include oral and poster presentations. The afternoon session on June 21 is free to the public and will include a panel on “Making the Community Whole Again.”

The conference registration fee is $50; students are $25. The fee includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit https://animas.nmwrri.nmsu.edu/2017/.

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