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The Gold King Spill: Impacts on the Animas River

Naturalist Nights 2016 | Scott Roberts

When word arrived at the Mountain Studies Institute’s Durango Office that a spill had occurred, the staff did what they know how to do well, responding in a way that reflects the mission and vision of the Mountain Studies Institute. They provided information that could be used to help communities throughout the Animas River watershed that have a connection to the river. Marcie will discuss impacts to water quality and benthic macroinvertebrates from the orange-colored mine release that captured national and international headlines. She will offer insights on the imapcts of the spill: All residents and municipalities throughout the Animas River watershed have a connection to the river, so when the spill threatened the river it directly threatened community vitality.

Scott Roberts is the Water Programs Director at the Mountain Studies Institute.

Naturalist Nights are brought to you through a partnership between Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon.

Marcie Demmy Bidwell, Executive Director & Scott Roberts, Water Program Director, Mountain Studies Institute

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