The Town of Crested Butte has been notified by the EPA of a spill estimated at 2,000 gallons or less of water and gray-colored sediment from a holding pond at the Standard Mine. According to the EPA, a contractor had been dewatering the pond containing un-mineralized sediment from drilling operations and water from the lower mine adit. The contents had been treated to a neutral PH of 7. The treated water from the sediment pond was being discharged into Elk Creek as part of a planned maintenance activity. A vacuum truck siphoning clear water from the surface of the pond accidentally dipped into gray-colored sediment leading to the accidental discharge of sediment and gray-colored water into Elk Creek. The discharged material contained a mixture of PH-neutral rock slurry and water from the mine. Based upon the size and content of the spilled material as understood from the EPA, the flow levels downstream, and the 10 million gallon storage reservoir at the Town’s treatment plant, the Town Department of Public Works has determined that any impact to the Town’s drinking water would be negligible. The Town has also hired an independent contractor to perform additional testing to ensure that there is no negative impact to the Town watershed or drinking water. Work on the holding pond is now complete. The Town is communicating and working closely with the EPA on this issue. The EPA has additionally contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Gunnison County and the Coal Creek Watershed Alliance. The Town is also in contact with these agencies.
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The water providers in the Steamboat Springs area – the City of Steamboat Springs, the Mt. Werner Water District, the Steamboat II Metro District, and the Tree Haus Metro District – have lifted the mandatory water restrictions enacted in April.
Fish Creek Reservoir is currently at 80% capacity, which is a level that is consistent for this time of Continue reading
Another win for northwest Colorado, as the Interior Department has found that the Greater Sage Grouse does NOT warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama Administration says the decision was made in light of the powerful conservation effort being administered by state and local land managers. A Continue reading
Volunteers are needed September 19th to help expand the popular hiking and biking trail system adjacent to Meeker. Work will include maintaining the popular China Wall Trail above Meeker and constructing the new East Ridge Trail. The project is in observance of National Public Lands Day, and offers the public a chance Continue reading
Club 20 will hold their fall meeting next week in Grand Junction. The meeting is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about current issues and Club 20 efforts. Topics will include water, the Building a Better Colorado initiative, and the Continue reading
Whether you are a “do-it-yourselfer” or a professional excavator contracted for a project, it’s crucial to dig smart when landscaping or doing a home improvement project. There are more than 100 billion feet of underground utilities in the United States, equating to more than one football field’s length of buried utilities for every person in the country. Whether you’re Continue reading
The BLM Little Snake Field Office and partners invite the public to volunteer and enjoy public lands this weekend to celebrate National Public Lands Day. The BLM is partnering with Conservation Colorado and the Colorado Mountain Club for a National Public Lands Day Continue reading
Water will be shut off tomorrow in the Shadow Mountain neighborhood. Moffat County’s Roy Tipton says there will be no water available between the hours of 8 and 5 tomorrow, as crews continue to work on the water and sewer lines. A line replacement and curb and gutter Continue reading
Volunteers are needed August 1st to help expand the hiking and biking trail system around Meeker. Volunteers will join the BLM, Colorado Mountain Club and Conservation Colorado in constructing about a half-mile of the new East Ridge Trail. The section traverses a scenic ridge above Meeker Continue reading
Club 20 will hold their Summer Policy Committee Meetings this month. The meetings will be held in two different parts of the state to give citizens a chance to participate. The first will take place in Rifle and Continue reading
A heavy rainstorm around 4 Wednesday afternoon sent water and debris streaming across highway 40 about 10 miles east of the Utah state line closing the highway for a time. According to the Moffat County Sheriff’s office, rainwater came down a dry wash and also threatened a home in the area. Continue reading
Women interested in learning the basics of fly fishing, archery and how to handle a shotgun safely are invited to a women only ‘Cast, Blast and Twang’ clinic in Granby, July 12th. Designed for novices 18 and older, no experience or equipment is required. The class fee is $20 and pre-registration is required. Space is limited and Continue reading