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Summitville watershed still a problem

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

EPA Photo Technologists are shown testing Summitville runoff to determine what pollutants are still there.
SUMMITVILLE — Nearly 30 years after a mining company let cyanide waste pollute nearby waters, the Environmental Protection Administration the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still working on the problem.

This 1,400 acre site is in the San Juan Mountains at an elevation of 11,500 feet, surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest. 

The Alamosa River and its tributaries flow from the site through forest and agricultural land in Rio Grande and Conejos counties and past the towns of Capulin and La Jara. The Terrace Reservoir, used for irrigation, is on the Alamosa River 18 miles downstream from the site.

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