2015 Conference 

The 2015 San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference explored the legacy and future of mining in the San Miguel Watershed, focusing on the hard rock gold and silver mines in the upper basins, coal on the mesas, and uranium/vanadium operations in the desert reaches.  117 people joined us for field trips in Telluride mining district and Uravan uranium sites on May 28th and a day-long conference at the Peaks Resort, Telluride Mountain Village, on May 29th.


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Opening Remarks   

Linda Luther-Broderick, San Miguel Watershed Coalition: Watch Video

Opening Remarks - Camille Price

Session I

The Evolution of Mining Reclamation and Regulation in the San Juan Mountains - Mark Walker. Watch Video

Passive Treatment in the San Juan Mountains - Devon Horntvedt. Watch Video

Good Samaritan Legislation Update - Ty Churchwell, Trout Unlimited. Watch Video

Cleaning up Abandoned Mines in the Uncompahgre Watershed - Agnieszka Przeszlowska, Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership & Jeff Litteral, CO Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety. Watch Video

Session II

Boston Mine Erosion Control Project - Kirstin Brown. Watch Video

The Solomon Treatment Project - Gwen Nelson. Watch Video

Smith Hill Coal Waste Stabilization and Reclamation - Tara Tafi. Watch Video

Session III

Colorado Inactive Uranium Mine Reclamation Health and Safety Procedures - Steve Renner. Watch Video

Cleanup of Uranium Legacy in Southeastern Utah - Donald Metzler. Watch Video

San Miguel Country Baseline Radionuclide Study - Rory Cowie. Watch Video

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Discussion on Futures of Mining, Energy Fuels, & Reclamation. Watch Video



The 2015 conference was held in Mountain Village, CO and the San Miguel Watershed. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015 9:00am: Field Tour
Friday, May 29, 2015 8:00am: The Peaks Resort & Spa, 136 Country Club Dr., Mountain Village, CO, 81435

Additional presentations and workshops by diverse speakers (industry professionals, watershed groups, government personnel, citizens, and research scientists) from across the State of Colorado highlighted innovative approaches for environmentally and economically viable solutions to mine remediation and water quality restoration. 

The unique, two-day San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference addresses the need for citizens’ increased awareness and scientific literacy of the environment and environmental issues related to water quality impairments from mining activities. The conference is free and open to the public. 

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