Old mine blamed for turning Colorado county creek orange

By: The Associated Press

ELDORA — Authorities in Boulder County say seepage from an old mine caused a creek to turn orange but say the minerals and metals were not toxic.

An investigation started Monday afternoon after a resident...

Lawyers challenge Colorado Springs Utilities' denial of open-records requests

By: BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com

Colorado Springs Utilities, a public entity owned by its ratepayers, has routinely denied document requests filed under the Colorado Open Records Act.

The reports sought through CORA pertain to air quality...

Researchers find heavy metals along river after mine spill

By: The Associated Press

DENVER — Researchers say they found scattered accumulations of heavy metals along a 60-mile stretch of riverbank in Colorado and New Mexico a month after the Gold King Mine wastewater spill and say that any...

New Mexico official: EPA kept water data secret after spill

By: The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials refused to share water-quality data for weeks following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, New Mexico's top environmental...

EPA chief: Agency did not shirk responsibility in mine spill

By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency dismissed complaints Wednesday by Republican lawmakers that her agency downplayed the seriousness of a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three...

Colorado companies look to help residents understand complicated water rights issues

By: RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com

There was a time when understanding water in Colorado was as simple as knowing who got to it first.

But that was a long time ago - nearly 150 years - and understanding water in Colorado has evolved into an...