Friday, April 28, 2017

EPA action plan

Mine projects aim to improve Colorado water quality

Durango Herald

Durango Herald

The EPA is proposing 40 early actions on about 30 mining sites over the next five years as the agency continues long-term investigations on the best way to improve water quality in Colorado's Animas River basin. The list for early action sites is being finalized, but would include projects such as creating diversions so that surface water avoids running into contamination sites or mucking out retention ponds intended to reduce metal loading.

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Nevada water rights bill gets unanimous support

Las Vegas Review-Journal

A bill requiring the state engineer to prepare a water budget and inventory of groundwater for each of Nevada’s 256 water basins was approved by the Nevada Senate. Senate Bill 47, approved on a unanimous vote, also declares it is state policy to manage Nevada’s surface and groundwater resources conjunctively, rather than as separate sources.

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Senator wants to restrict mining to protect water

Livingston Enterprise

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester introduced legislation to protect clean water near Yellowstone National Park. Tester’s Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act permanently withdraws federal mineral rights in the Custer Gallatin National Forest adjacent to the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park, and it eliminates the ability for proposed mines to expand onto unclaimed public land.

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