In the August installment of Our Land, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus revisits the Gold King Mine spill and the destructive impact of the toxic orange plume that went flowing down the Animas and San Juan rivers five years ago. The waste released when crews tried to reopen the abandoned mine killed fish and coated river banks with heavy metals. Paskus reports with help from a grant by The Water Desk, and independent journalism initiative based at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism.
To watch footage of the Animas River from Silverton, Colorado to Shiprock, New Mexico shot by LightHawk volunteer pilot Marijke Unger, visit our YouTube page.
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