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Julia Medeiros

Julia is an intern at The Water Desk and a master’s student in the journalism program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is reporting on water issues, spearheading the social media strategy and building a multimedia library that journalists and others can use as a resource.

Decades later, abandoned mines continue to haunt Colorado’s waterways

According to a 2017 study, there are over 23,000 abandoned mines across Colorado and 1,800 miles of streams that are impaired due to pollutants related to acid mine drainage.