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Animas River – Gold King Mine Wastewater Spill Response

August 5, 2015 Incident Affecting Cement Creek, Animas River, and San Juan River AnimasEstes

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2nd annual conference on environmental conditions of the Animas and San Juan watersheds with emphasis on Gold King Mine and other mine waste issues

Link to event

Call for papers

2017 Long Term Monitoring Plan – Public Draft

Long Term Monitoring Plan for 2017 Public Draft (Jan. 31. 2017) [A, H, S, Wa, Wi]

NMED is seeking public review and comment of the Long Term Monitoring Plan for 2017. Please send comments, questions, and inquiries via email to:

Dennis McQuillan, Chief Scientist

The public comment period ends on Friday, March 3, 2017.

For a comparison of the NMED Long Term Monitoring Plan to the monitoring plans proposed by the EPA and the State of Colorado, please visit the Long Term Monitoring Page for the Gold King Mine spill.

For more information email or call 505-827-2855.

Animas, San Juan Spring Runoff Preparedness Plan

New Mexico, Utah, Navajo Nation, & La Plata County-CO Prepare for Spring Run-off Carrying Heavy Metals –  Plan Provides Protocols to Manage Downstream Effects of EPA’s Gold King Mine Spill on the Animas/San Juan Watershed Communities

Animas San Juan Spring Runoff Preparedness Plan – Final
[A, H, S, Wa, Wi]


Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Focus Areas KEY:

  • Agriculture & Livestock [A]
  • Health [H]
  • Sediment [S]
  • Water [Wa]
  • Wildlife & Recreation [Wi]

Key Info & Web Links

Citizens’ Advisory Committee & Public Participation

Administrative & Judicial Documents

Data Documents & Water Quality Standards

News Releases & Articles

Long Term Monitoring

Interactive Maps
*View sampling locations linked to testing data


Timeline and Archive Updates



The New Mexico Environment Department seeks to keep all stakeholders in the affected San Juan County region informed about important information related to the spill.

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Citizens’ Advisory Committee

A Citizens’ Advisory Committee has been formed and will help communicate the results of the State of New Mexico’s long-term monitoring activities for the Gold King Mine Spill, and ensure that the public continues to have a voice with the state’s Long-Term Impact Review Team.

See Citizens’ Advisory Committee & Public Participation Page for more info

Current Incident Status

  • Secretary Ryan Flynn spoke at the House Agricultural, Water & Wildlife Committee on Feb 10, 2016. PDF of the Powerpoint
  • New Mexico Environment Department notice of intent regarding the Animas River Spill
  • A public meeting was held in October and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee kick-off meeting was held in December.  The Committee plans to meet on a monthly basis.  See Citizens’ Advisory Committee & Public Participation Page for more info.
  • In August 2015, Governor Martinez ordered the NMED to lead an investigation into the recent 3 million gallon Gold King Mine spill.  The investigation will seek to determine the specific cause of the spill and all details surrounding the incident.  Additionally, the investigation will examine how affected residents, businesses, and communities along the river were notified in the aftermath of the spill.
  • Bans and precautions have been lifted for: Use of nearby floodplain level wells, drawing canal or river water, irrigating crops, use of San Juan County’s drinking water systems’ supply connection, and recreation use. For complete details see the timeline, or news releases below.

Project Data and Technical Documents

>>> Go to Data Documents Page...  [A, H, S, Wa, Wi]


Gold King News Releases and Articles

>>> Go to Gold King News Page… [A, H, S, Wa, Wi]

Reports, Presentations, and Other Documents


Administrative Documents

Further Information and Useful Links

Arizona Geological Survey:

Comprehensive 4-Corners Map with sampling locations and data result links from EPA, CDPHE, NMED, UDEQ, and ADEQ   (AZGS News Release wth more information)


EPA Website Links:


Public Meetings and Press Conferences:


From NMSU and NMDA:


San Juan County and City of Farmington Links:

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