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MOVING TOWARDS RESILIENCE
RECOVERY FROM MAN MADE
DISASTER
Laura Lewis Marchino
Executive Director, Region 9 Economic Devel...
REGION 9 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DISTRICT OF SW COLORADO
SAN JUAN COUNTY/SILVERTON CO
SILVERTON STATUS
• Located on the Million dollar highway
• Geographically isolated
• Last mine closed in 1991
• Tourist ba...
AUGUST 2015
GOLD KING MINE
ANIMAS RIVER
PHOTO SEEN ROUND THE WORLD
IMPACTS – SHORT & LONG TERM
• Tourism
• Water quality
• Relationships
• Jobs
• Housing
THERE ARE OVER 300 MINES OR MINE FEATURES
WITHIN THIS MINING DISTRICT.
UP TO 50 PART OF CLEAN-UP PROPOSAL
SOME OF THE PROPOSED SOURCES OF
CONTAMINATION
Silver Wing Mine
Upper Animas
10,000 cubic yards waste pile; 20 GPM Discharg...
SOME OF THE PROPOSED SOURCES OF
CONTAMINATION
Mogul Mine
Cement Creek
25,000 yards waste rock (at
headwaters)
Groundwater ...
SOME OF THE PROPOSED SOURCES OF
CONTAMINATION
Paradise Mine
Mineral Creek
700 cubic yard waste rock;
500 GPM Drainage
Broo...
SUPERFUND ACTIVITIES 2016 -?
• Ecological
• Human Health
• Hydrology
• Cultural Resources
• Economic development*
EARLY NEXT STEPS
• EDA grant – $57K Recovery coordinator for businesses
• Housing grants – apartment and single family hom...
• Celebrated first anniversary Aug. 2016
• Officially named a Superfund on Sept. 9, 2016
• Hiring a Recovery Coordinator, ...
RESOURCES
http://animasrivercommunity.org
www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/animas-river-spill
http://sjbhd.org/gold-king-min...
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Moving Towards Resilience: Recovery from Man Made Disaster

How are communities, businesses, and regions preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural and man-made disasters? This session will explore effective strategies to foster resilience and strengthen local economies all in an effort to “build back better” following a catastrophic event.

Laura Lewis Marchino, Executive Director, Region 9 Economic Development District, Durango, CO

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Moving Towards Resilience: Recovery from Man Made Disaster

  1. 1. MOVING TOWARDS RESILIENCE RECOVERY FROM MAN MADE DISASTER Laura Lewis Marchino Executive Director, Region 9 Economic Development District
  2. 2. REGION 9 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OF SW COLORADO
  3. 3. SAN JUAN COUNTY/SILVERTON CO
  4. 4. SILVERTON STATUS • Located on the Million dollar highway • Geographically isolated • Last mine closed in 1991 • Tourist based, seasonal jobs, primarily in summer • 600 residents year-round • Low housing stock • Rubarb
  5. 5. AUGUST 2015 GOLD KING MINE
  6. 6. ANIMAS RIVER
  7. 7. PHOTO SEEN ROUND THE WORLD
  8. 8. IMPACTS – SHORT & LONG TERM • Tourism • Water quality • Relationships • Jobs • Housing
  9. 9. THERE ARE OVER 300 MINES OR MINE FEATURES WITHIN THIS MINING DISTRICT. UP TO 50 PART OF CLEAN-UP PROPOSAL
  10. 10. SOME OF THE PROPOSED SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION Silver Wing Mine Upper Animas 10,000 cubic yards waste pile; 20 GPM Discharge Kittimack Tailings Upper Animas 23,000 cubic yards waste pile
  11. 11. SOME OF THE PROPOSED SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION Mogul Mine Cement Creek 25,000 yards waste rock (at headwaters) Groundwater Seep Near Mayflower Tailings Upper Animas Unknown Flow
  12. 12. SOME OF THE PROPOSED SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION Paradise Mine Mineral Creek 700 cubic yard waste rock; 500 GPM Drainage Brooklyn Mine Mineral Creek 15,000 square yard waste pile; 35 GPM Discharge
  13. 13. SUPERFUND ACTIVITIES 2016 -? • Ecological • Human Health • Hydrology • Cultural Resources • Economic development*
  14. 14. EARLY NEXT STEPS • EDA grant – $57K Recovery coordinator for businesses • Housing grants – apartment and single family homes (Div of Housing, Dept of Local Affairs) • Water monitoring up and down river in place • Warning system in place • Stakeholder group meets monthly with EPA on progress • Several communication/education initiatives
  15. 15. • Celebrated first anniversary Aug. 2016 • Officially named a Superfund on Sept. 9, 2016 • Hiring a Recovery Coordinator, Jan. 2017
  16. 16. RESOURCES http://animasrivercommunity.org www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/animas-river-spill http://sjbhd.org/gold-king-mine-incident- communications-update/ Region 9 EDD www.scan.org laura@scan.org

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