Meeting scheduled to discuss mine spill

The Daily Times staff
Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON – The Citizens' Advisory Committee of the Gold King Mine spill's long-term impact review team will meet with the community at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 in the Suns Room of the Henderson Fine Arts Center at San Juan College, 4600 College Blvd.

The committee consists of 10 volunteers from northwest New Mexico who work to get information about the spill to the community. It is part of a review team created by Gov. Susana Martinez in August to investigate potential impacts the mine spill could have on the community.

During the meeting, Kevin Lombard, an associate professor at New Mexico State University, and Bonnie Hopkins, an agricultural agent for the San Juan County Extension Office of New Mexico State University, will present information about agriculture and irrigation ditches in San Juan County, according to a press release from the New Mexico Environment Department. They will discuss safeguards that can be taken in light of heavy metal residues that were left in the watershed after the August mine spill.

The public will also have an opportunity to comment during the meeting.

People can view the New Mexico Environment Department's long-term monitoring plan at www.NMEDRiverWaterSafety.org.