River monitoring results available at meeting

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — New Mexico Environment Department Chief Scientist Dennis McQuillan will present an update Monday on the department's monitoring efforts on the Animas River following last year's Gold King Mine spill, according to an NMED press release.

The discolored Animas River is pictued on Aug. 8, 2015, at Berg Park in Farmington after the Gold King Mine spill.

In August 2015, crews working for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency triggered a blowout at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo. The blowout caused millions of gallons of water laden with toxic mine waste to flow down Cement Creek into the Animas River and eventually the San Juan River.

Following the spill, NMED formed a Gold King Mine Spill Citizens' Advisory Committee. The committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the San Juan College Student Center, 4601 College Blvd. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information, go to nmedRiverWaterSafety.org.