Which was worse for water quality: Gold King Mine spill or 416 Fire floods?

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Which was worse for water quality: Gold King Mine spill or 416 Fire floods?

Study compared metal loading in both events; results surprised researchers
The left photo shows the Animas River on July 17 after a deluge of mud, rock, ash and other debris polluted the river. The right photo shows the river on Aug. 6, 2015, after 3 million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King Mine spill turned the river orange.

Which was worse for water quality: Gold King Mine spill or 416 Fire floods?

The left photo shows the Animas River on July 17 after a deluge of mud, rock, ash and other debris polluted the river. The right photo shows the river on Aug. 6, 2015, after 3 million gallons of wastewater from the Gold King Mine spill turned the river orange.

Which was worse for water quality: Gold King Mine spill or 416 Fire floods?

The Animas River just north of Durango turned orange Aug. 6, 2015, after a blowout at the Gold King Mine in Silverton. The metal-laden water tested above federal standards, but it paled in comparison to runoff from the 416 Fire.

Which was worse for water quality: Gold King Mine spill or 416 Fire floods?

The Animas River just north of Durango turned black July 17 after a rain storm above the 416 Fire burn scar. The runoff sent ash, dirt, debris and metals into the river, causing a significant fish die-off.
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