Monday, December 21, 2015

USGS launches new website for Gold King Mine spill

The USGS has launched a new website -  which provides water data, images, reports and interactive maps related to the Gold King Mine accidental spill which happened on August 5, 2015 near Silverton, Colorado.  [Right, Animas River below Silverton, CO, on Aug. 13, 2015.  Credit, USGS]

The website serves as a one-stop-shop and single source of  USGS information and data related to the spill and provides links to:

 ·         Water quality databases for recent and historical sample analyses along the spill area.

 ·         Interactive maps of current and past USGS water-quality sampling sites and real-time streamgages in the San Juan River watershed, including Cement Creek and Animas River.

 ·         Satellite imagery of the watershed area including both pre and post-event data.

 ·         A selected bibliography of past USGS reports on abandoned mine lands and natural sources of metals and acidity to streams in the Silverton area.

 ·          A gallery of Gold King Mine photos taken by USGS field personnel the week of August 10, 2015.
[modified from the USGS announcement]

The Arizona Geological Survey maintains an interactive web map with sample locations and results from all of the state and federal agencies monitoring the spill and its aftermath, at  You can search for any samples that exceeded drinking water standards, and over what time period.

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