Gold-King-Mine-Spill-LogoOn the morning of Wednesday, August 5th, EPA contractors cleaning up the long-closed Gold King mine near Silverton, Colorado accidentally unleashed at over 3 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 then into the San Juan River. Communities along the river closed the intakes for their water systems, and farmers were instructed not to use the water. Our coverage includes a map that shows the route of the spill, and stories from the impacted communities and farmers.