Animas River reopens after Gold King Mine fiasco

Animas River reopens after Gold King Mine fiasco

Advisory issued for recreational users
Richard Ellis used his paddleboard to do some fishing Friday afternoon on the Animas River at the 32nd Street put-in. Federal, state and local officials decided to reopen public access to the river at noon Friday after sediment testing showed no threat to human health. "I'll just be the guinea pig. If it makes me sick, I'll just let everybody know," Ellis said.
Brigit Hakanson said Friday afternoon she's not ready for tubing on the Animas River. "I'm OK with just the feet for now," she said. Officials reopened the Animas River at noon Friday. The opening came with a health advisory, including urging the public to avoid areas with orange sediment or discolored standing water.
Sarah Humphrey, right, with Durango Parks and Recreation, informs resident Don Cooke of the health advisory for the Animas River on Friday at the 32nd Street put-in.
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Sarah Humphrey, a city of Durango employee, puts up a health advisory sign Friday along the Animas River. The river reopened for public use at noon Friday. The advisory urges the public to avoid areas with orange sediment or discolored standing water.
Who to call

Animas River ditch operators are asked to call the Call Center at 385-8700 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. so officials can coordinate the reopening of all headgates.
Southern Ute Indian Tribe members may call the tribal hotline at 563-5025.
Gardeners who use water from the Animas River and grow leafy vegetables and root crops should call 382-6463.
Private well owners with questions can call Andrew Ross at (303) 692-3395 or the Call Center.
To report fish kills or other Animas River spill effects on wildlife, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 247-0855.
For the latest information about the spill as well as test results, visit the city of Durango's website at www.durangogov.org, the county's website at www.co.laplata.co.us/emergency, San Juan Basin Health Department's website at www.sjbhd.org, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's website at www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/animas-river-spill or the Environmental Protection Agency's incident website at www2.epa.gov/goldkingmine.
Because of incorrect information received by the Herald, this contact list has been revised to show that San Juan Basin Health Department is not a contact for well owners with questions.

Animas River reopens after Gold King Mine fiasco

Richard Ellis used his paddleboard to do some fishing Friday afternoon on the Animas River at the 32nd Street put-in. Federal, state and local officials decided to reopen public access to the river at noon Friday after sediment testing showed no threat to human health. "I'll just be the guinea pig. If it makes me sick, I'll just let everybody know," Ellis said.
Brigit Hakanson said Friday afternoon she's not ready for tubing on the Animas River. "I'm OK with just the feet for now," she said. Officials reopened the Animas River at noon Friday. The opening came with a health advisory, including urging the public to avoid areas with orange sediment or discolored standing water.
Sarah Humphrey, right, with Durango Parks and Recreation, informs resident Don Cooke of the health advisory for the Animas River on Friday at the 32nd Street put-in.
Smith
Sarah Humphrey, a city of Durango employee, puts up a health advisory sign Friday along the Animas River. The river reopened for public use at noon Friday. The advisory urges the public to avoid areas with orange sediment or discolored standing water.
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