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Old 08-11-2015, 11:18 PM   #15
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They tested some fingerling trout and they survived over the weekend in the Animas water. Hope that's good news. It was also stated that they'll know more on the seriousness after this winter's snowfall melts next spring. It takes a lot of water movement to clear a mess like this up - if ever. Here's hoping..... We feel so bad for those having to questions the drinking water, crops, livestock, etc. So many things affecting this.

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Hmm, wonder why the Sierra Club doesn't have this on the front page of their website?
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:46 PM   #17
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Just left yesterday and the river was already a lot clearer. They originally said 1 million gallons and now are saying in excess of 3 million gallons, now it's headed to lake Powell and on down the Grand Canyon. Very very sad...
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Old 08-12-2015, 08:34 PM   #18
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I don't know much about this stuff,,, but this is what I read. Although the water has cleared, the heavy metals settle on the bottom, especially in the pools and calm areas. It gets in the mud, and stays there for years.

The yearly run offs will help flush it, but it takes a very long time for mother nature to clean it up. The further down stream you go, the rivers get slower, calmer and it settles there readily and stays longer.

Incredible a mistake like this would occur with a cleanup effort. The stakes are so high you would expect they had a backup plan, on top of a backup plan for the worse case scenario.

I guess not.

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Old 08-13-2015, 08:30 AM   #19
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I'm not a EPA fan but in their defense they were trying to clean up a defunk corporation who left the mess, just a horrible mistake by the experts.
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I'm not a EPA fan but in their defense they were trying to clean up a defunk corporation who left the mess, just a horrible mistake by the experts.
Thank you!
No one seems to even care that there was this much toxic water anywhere to start with.
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Listened to the latest EPA explanation of their efforts yesterday and the director admitted they haven't been paying as much attention to all the mines that are in need of clean up. They didn't oversee the contractor, as they should have, before he started work and didn't review his cleanup plan.
Went on to say that there are so many sites like this one that "maybe" they should declare all of them as a super fund effort to get the funding from congress.
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