Researchers find heavy metals along Animas River

Daily Times - Researchers say they found scattered accumulations of heavy metals along a 60-mile stretch of riverbank in Colorado and New Mexico a month after the Gold King Mine wastewater spill and say that any potential threat to crops and livestock should be studied further.

David Weindorf of Texas Tech University and Kevin Lombard of New Mexico State University said they found patches of discolored sludge containing elevated levels of iron, copper, zinc, arsenic and lead along the Animas River from around Farmington to just north of Durango, Colo.

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David Weindorf is the associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and is the BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant & Soil Science.