- Rashad Mahmood
- Friday, August 7, 2015
On the morning of Wednesday, August 5th, EPA contractors cleaning up the long-closed Gold King mine near Silverton, Colorado accidentally unleashed at least 1 million gallons of polluted waste water. The bright yellow-orange sludge filled with heavy metals and other pollutants flowed down Cement Creek into the Animas River and towards the San Juan River. Communities along the river have closed the intakes for their water systems, and farmers have been instructed not to use the water until further notice. This map shows the route of the spill, and the impacted communities and farmland. As of Friday afternoon the contamination is making its way towards Farmington.