Gold King Mine Data, September 22, 2015
Surface water and sediment concentrations are now below recreational screening levels. The river system as a whole is being maintained at pre-event conditions.
It is important to keep in mind that metal concentrations in water and sediment may fluctuate. Fluctuations occur because of weather and other events that change water flow rates or volume. They can also occur if sediments are accumulating at a higher than normal rate at a particular site, before being washed away by the next high water event.
As the response to the mine release transitions to long-term evaluations, EPA will continue to monitor for any abnormal occurrences of metal concentration exceedances of risk-based screening levels.
EPA sediment samples collected on 9/16 and 9/17 from locations along the Animas Rivers.
- Open or download the data file: Region 8 Sediment Summary Table 09212015 (xlsx)