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Long Term Groundwater Monitoring in the Animas Valley

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This conceptual model of the hydrologic system in Animas Valley in Northern New Mexico identifies many of the different features, both on the surface and in the subsurface that affect the hydrologic cycle.

— May 14, 2018

Our agency has been collaborating with the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) on a hydrogeology study along the Animas River in New Mexico in response to the Gold King Mine spill, which occurred in August 2015. The water released from the spill was loaded with dissolved metals and contaminated sediments, which posed a possible risk to groundwater quality in the Animas Valley.

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