Sediment monitoring along Animas River begins

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Sediment monitoring along Animas River begins

Water and sand at recreation sites will be monitored
Data on river health

Data about the Animas River is available from these sources:
For the Mountain Studies Institute report covering data from March and April, visit www.mountainstudies.org/goldkingspill.For real-time data from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit http://on.doi.gov/1q4pA7C.

Sediment monitoring along Animas River begins

Brian Devine, San Juan Basin Health Department’s water program manager, and Marcie Bidwell of the Mountain Studies Institute sample water from the Animas River on Friday at Paradise Beach behind Durango High School. Water and sand testing at recreation sites along the river will help researchers understand how spring runoff affects heavy-metal levels in the sediment.
Brian Devine, water program manager for the San Juan Basin Health Department, gathers water and sediment samples Friday morning at a beach behind Durango High School.
Officials gathered behind Durango High School on Friday as water and sediment samples were taken from the Animas River. The testing was made possible by a new grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Visitors to the beach on the Animas River behind Durango High School stir up sediment from the Gold King Mine spill in August. Agencies plan to monitor this sediment with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency.
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