La Plata County Emergency Management is working with San Juan Basin
Health, Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
(DHSEM), San Juan County, City of Durango, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and
Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE), and others on an
alerting plan for the Animas River and its users.

The alerts wil inform the public when something of concern is noticed in the quality of the water in the river. Strange colore, hasardous spills and heavy sediment wil be investigated for impacts and you get notified. Every incident noted will have a report posted to the CDPHE Animas River website.

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Animas River Stakeholders Group (ARSG) is a nonprofit organization.
ARSG has worked for 21 years to reduce metal loading to the upper Animas River Basin by remediation of inactive and abandoned mine sites through a collaborative approach including mining companies, environmental groups, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies.
Our Mission is to protect and improve the quality of water resources to benefit the Animas River, now and in the future.
Our Vision is that our diverse Animas Watershed communities are united to keep the river healthy, productive and fun.
Operating Principles: The Animas Watershed Partnership’s (AWP’s) efforts are guided by four operating principles.
  • Works toward voluntary, non-regulatory solutions to improve water quality and river health.
  • Promotes collaboration across all boundaries.
  • Uses data and science to make informed decisions.
  • Shares information and efforts openly with people and groups.
The City of Durango provides drinking water to the residents of Durango utilizing water from the Animas River.  The City also manages recreational use on the Animas River in town.  The mission statement of the City of Durango is:  We the City, as representatives of the people, shall be accountable and effective guardians of the public trust and resources.  We are committed to the provision of effective and efficient public services designed to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of our community.  We shall conduct the affairs of our City openly and ethically and manage our growth and development in a manner that respects our environment and preserves the unique character and identity of our community.  We view our citizens as our most important resources.
DRMS mission is "To protect the public, miners and the environment during current mining operations, restore abandoned mines, and to ensure that all mined land is reclaimed to beneficial use." DRMS Vision is "The division is committed to balance the need for mineral resource production with the protection of the public, environment and Colorado's natural resources."
MSI is driven to lead state-of-the-art science and education because the San Juan Mountains are our communities’ greatest asset. Along with our partners and you, they have called us to explore, seek new challenges, and learn from them.
MSI engages stakeholders, galvanizes resources, actuates science, and shares findings – connecting scientists and stakeholders across the San Juan Mountain region to go beyond scientific inquiry to the meaningful application of science that makes a difference for the quality of environment and mountain systems.
We monitor, address, and communicate health concerns to the community. The Gold King Mine disrupted our daily life and promoted widespread concerns about health risks from drinking water,
The SUIT it a Tribal Government Organization.
SUIT Water Quality Program (WQP) exists to protect and restore surface water quality on Tribal lands on the Reservation. We implement the Clean Water Act on the Reservation for the benefit of the Tribal Membership.
Five Rivers TU is the local grass roots organization of Trout Unlimited, a national organization of over 150,000 members.  Our mission is to Protect, Reconnect and Restore our coldwater fisheries. 
5RTU is supporting National TU in its effort to promote the enactment of Good Samaritan legislation at the national level (

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