The History and Future of the Eagle Mine
Moderated by Larissa Read
August 1, 2017
Edwards Interfaith Chapel | Edwards
In 1984, the Eagle Mine above Minturn was allowed to flood after the mine was permanently closed. The mine water deposited lead, cadmium, copper, arsenic and zinc into the Eagle River in a dramatic event that turned the river orange, killed fish and threatened drinking water downstream. In 1986, the Eagle Mine and the Town of Gilman were placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund site list and cleanup slowly began.
This panel will explore the history of the Eagle Mine and the collaborative cleanup efforts of the past two decades. The discussion will highlight the business, operational and regulatory perspectives, as well as those of our local community.
MEET THE PANELISTS
This discussion will be moderated by Larissa Read, president of the board of directors for Eagle River Watershed Council and owner of Common Ground Environmental Consulting.
Jamie Miller is a remedial project manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, with a focus on Planning and Administration. She began her career in the environmental field with a private consulting firm and spent six years working with the EPA as a contractor on the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team contract, providing technical assistance to the EPA Emergency Response and Removal Program.
Wendy Naugle, P.E. is an engineer and groundwater hydrologist in the Superfund/Brownfields Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Naugle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from The Colorado College and a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
John Widerman is a member of the Minturn Town Council. He has lived in the Eagle Valley for nine years and in Minturn for six of those years. He is a local environmental steward, a Colorado Mountain College Alum and an employee of Eagle County Schools.
This program is presented in partnership with Eagle River Watershed Council, who will host two tours of the Eagle Mine, the associated water treatment facility and environs on August 2, 2017. Click here for more details.
Note! There will be a 30-minute reception at 6:30 p.m. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.