River meeting set in Minturn Aug. 9 | VailDaily.com

River meeting set in Minturn Aug. 9

Cliff Thompson

A meeting to outline plans to adjust the water quality standards in the Eagle River below the Eagle Mine at Gilman will be outlined in Minturn Aug. 12 from 1 to 4 pm.The meeting will be held at the MInturn Town Hall on PIne St.At issue is the level of dissolved zinc in the river, that is coming from the Eagle Mine, its waste rock piles and surrounding area. Even in minute quantities, zinc is toxic to fish.The mine polluted the river with metals-laden water in the late 1980s that destroyed all aquatic life from the mine to the river’s confluence with Gore Creek. A $70 million cleanup has been completed and mine owner Viacom is requestingThe Colorado Department of Health and Environment will be changing the water quality standards for the restored reach of the river. Viacom wants to lock in metal levels that will be easier to meet while others like the Eagle River Watershed Council want stricter standards.That decision will made by the Colorado Water Quality Commission, after it meets in February, and will be based in part on information presented during the Minturn meeting.If you have questions, call Cathy Schuster at the Colorado Department of Health at 888-569-1831 ext. 3308 .Cliff Thompson can be contacted via e-mail at cthompson@vaildaily.com or by calling (970) 949-0555 ext. 450.vail colorado