Health Concerns

Communities affected by wastewater spill

August 18, 2015

According to CNN, “The orange sludge flowed [from the mine wastewater spill] from the Animas River in Colorado into New Mexico, where it met and started following the San Juan River, a key source of water for Navajo communities.

Communities up and down the Animas and San Juan rivers have been affected by the 3 million gallons of wastewater that spilled into the rivers, but the Navajo Nation in New Mexico appears to have the most at risk.”

The San Juan River was being used to irrigate many crops for a river-based Navajo community on the Navajo reservation. The leader of this community said that the wastewater spill has made a huge impact on their agricultural community.

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