Meeting roundup: Gold King mine, climate and homeless youth among this week's topics

The Daily Times staff
Water Commission

Editor's Note: This story was modified to note the correct date of the San Juan Water Commission meeting.

FARMINGTON — Officials will hear confirmation from the county's emergency management manager on Tuesday that contaminated water recently released from the Gold King Mine did not adversely impact water quality downstream in the Animas River.

San Juan County Emergency Manager Mike Mestas will speak about the mine's status in his presentation to the San Juan Water Commission during its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the San Juan Water Commission Office Building, 7450 E. Main St. in Farmington.

The presentation will serve as an update for county water commissioners on the Gold King Mine spill of 2015, and what has happened since then.

The mine, near Silverton, Colorado, created concerns for water quality this winter when storms and avalanche danger cut off access to the facility that treats water draining from the mine.

The facility also lost power at that time, causing untreated water to bypass the plant and drain into Cement Creek for 48 hours.

Mike Mestas

Prior to Mestas’ presentation, Royce Fontenot, senior service hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, will talk to the commission about climate conditions in the San Juan Basin.

County may apply for grant for youth homelessness project

San Juan County Juvenile Services Administrator Traci Neff will ask the San Juan County Commission to approve submitting a grant application to fund a youth homelessness demonstration project.

The San Juan County Commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.