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UPDATE 10/7 : Animas River Mine Waste Spill /EPA No Longer Stands For Protection/What is in those EPA water tanks?/Playing Politics Solves Nothing

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10/7Heavy Metals Found Along Animas River

By Dan Elliott / The Associated Press

DENVER – Researchers say they found scattered accumulations of heavy metals along a 60-mile stretch of riverbank in Colorado and New Mexico a month after the Gold King Mine wastewater spill and say that any potential threat to crops and livestock should be studied further.

David Weindorf of Texas Tech University and Kevin Lombard of New Mexico State University said they found patches of discolored sludge containing elevated levels of iron, copper, zinc, arsenic and lead along the Animas River from around Farmington, to just north of Durango, Colo.

The concentrations of those metals were higher than at other sites they tested on the riverbank and on nearby irrigated and non-irrigated land, Weindorf said.

The high readings weren’t found in ditches carrying irrigation water to crops, Weindorf said. Irrigation systems along the Animas were closed before the tainted wastewater drifted downstream after the A…

Clean Water Is Our Legacy

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Clean Water Baby Wants To Swim

My father learned how to swim in the Hudson River when he was a boy. That was over 70 years ago when the water was so clean you could see to the bottom and fish were plenty. The river was a place for families to gather along its entire expanse to enjoy its beauty. Not a place for industrial waste and to be used as a sewer. What has happened to us that the importance of having clean water has escaped our care?

Shouldn't our children and theirs continue to be able to have a place to bring their families where they do not have to be terrified of going into the water?

I appreciate all those who work everyday to tirelessly keep our waterways clean. It is a huge task and not one readily acknowledged or appreciated. However, it is one of the most important things we do as humans. Without clean water we all die and the world we give our children dies with it. Think of that as you watch this beautiful baby and what you can do to contribute to a better wor…