New Mexico
Environment Department

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(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
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Gold King Mine Wastewater Spill Response

August 5, 2015 Incident Affecting Cement Creek, Animas River, and San Juan River AnimasEstes

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4th Annual Animas and San Juan Watersheds Conference: 
Successes and Challenges from Headwaters to Lake Powell

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will host the 4th annual conference on the Animas and San Juan Watersheds. The conference focus has been broadened to include all water quality issues facing the Animas and San Juan Rivers watersheds, starting at the headwaters in the San Juan Mountains, flowing through the San Juan National Forest, past the mixed urban and agricultural valleys from Durango to Shiprock and through desert canyons across the Navajo Nation into Lake Powell. The Conference Planning Committee is eager to build on the success of the last three conferences in bringing together researchers and the general public to meet, learn from and share the results of ongoing water quality research, including research results associated with the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill.

The conference continues to support the activities outlined in the Gold King Mine Water Spill Long Term Monitoring Plan, prepared by the New Mexico’s Long Term Impact Team (April 4, 2016).

The conference will be June 19-20, 2019 at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico. The technical program will include oral and poster presentations. A June 18 pre-conference field trip will include a water quality sampling training session. The post-conference Teach-In will be June 21 at the Navajo Shiprock Chapter House.

Click here for more information and to register. 

2017 Long-Term Monitoring Plan 

The 2017 Long-Term Monitoring Plan has been finalized.

2017 GKM Long-Term Monitoring Plan

 For a comparison of the NMED Long Term Monitoring Plan to the monitoring plans proposed by the EPA and the State of Colorado, please visit the Long-Term Monitoring Page for the Gold King Mine spill.

For more information email or call 505-827-2855.

2017 Animas, San Juan Spring Runoff Preparedness Plan

New Mexico, Utah, Navajo Nation, & La Plata County-CO Prepare for Spring Run-off Carrying Heavy Metals –  Plan Provides Protocols to Manage Downstream Effects of EPA’s Gold King Mine Spill on the Animas/San Juan Watershed Communities

2017 Animas San Juan Spring Runoff Preparedness Plan
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Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Focus Areas KEY:

  • Agriculture & Livestock [A]
  • Health [H]
  • Sediment [S]
  • Water [Wa]
  • Wildlife & Recreation [Wi]

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Citizens’ Advisory Committee & Public Participation

Administrative & Judicial Documents

Data Documents & Water Quality Standards

News Releases & Articles

Long Term Monitoring

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*View sampling locations linked to testing data


Timeline and Archive Updates



The New Mexico Environment Department seeks to keep all stakeholders in the affected San Juan County region informed about important information related to the spill.

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Citizens’ Advisory Committee

A Citizens’ Advisory Committee has been formed and will help communicate the results of the State of New Mexico’s long-term monitoring activities for the Gold King Mine Spill, and ensure that the public continues to have a voice with the state’s Long-Term Impact Review Team.

See Citizens’ Advisory Committee & Public Participation Page for more info

Current Incident Status

  • Secretary Ryan Flynn spoke at the House Agricultural, Water & Wildlife Committee on Feb 10, 2016. PDF of the Powerpoint
  • New Mexico Environment Department notice of intent regarding the Animas River Spill
  • A public meeting was held in October and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee kick-off meeting was held in December.  The Committee plans to meet on a monthly basis.  See Citizens’ Advisory Committee & Public Participation Page for more info.
  • In August 2015, Governor Martinez ordered the NMED to lead an investigation into the recent 3 million gallon Gold King Mine spill.  The investigation will seek to determine the specific cause of the spill and all details surrounding the incident.  Additionally, the investigation will examine how affected residents, businesses, and communities along the river were notified in the aftermath of the spill.
  • Bans and precautions have been lifted for: Use of nearby floodplain level wells, drawing canal or river water, irrigating crops, use of San Juan County’s drinking water systems’ supply connection, and recreation use. For complete details see the timeline, or news releases below.

Project Data and Technical Documents

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Gold King News Releases and Articles

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Reports, Presentations, and Other Documents


Administrative Documents

Further Information and Useful Links

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San Juan County and City of Farmington Links: