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The normally turbid and muddy San Juan River, as seen on Aug. 9, 2015.

The normally turbid San Juan River, as seen on Aug. 9, 2015.

Utah DEM continues to support the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and other state agencies in messaging about the Gold King Mine spill contamination.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 information is here.

News release 8.19.15

State Agencies to Focus on Long Term Impacts of Gold King Mine Spill

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State agencies are encouraged by improving water quality in the San Juan River based on the latest samples analyzed this week.

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) scientists believe that the highest levels of contaminants associated with the initial spill event have passed through the San Juan River in Utah. Water test results suggest that the plume carrying lead, arsenic and other heavy metals from the spill present little health risk to users as it has been settled and diluted while making its way to Lake Powell.

DEQ, in coordination with state and federal agencies, is now turning its attention on a long-term monitoring strategy that will focus on sediments and what, if any, remediation efforts may need to occur.

“Our focus has been on the acute effects of the spill.” said Walt Baker, director of DEQ’s Division of Water Quality. “This effort will be maintained for a while longer but we will be working with our partners on a long-term monitoring plan.”

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and San Juan Public Health have evaluated the most current data and find that recreational exposures to the San Juan River are not expected to result in adverse health effects. UDOH does recommend that recreational users bring along their own drinking water while visiting the river and not rely on personal devices for filtration/purification of river water…

Read the full release and previous releases below.

Joint State Agency News Releases:   8.19.15    8.14.15    8.13.15    8.12.15

Contamination flowing into Animas River (Colorado). Video from San Juan County, Colorado, emergency management.

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Utah ShakeOut


will be April 21, 2016

A record-breaking 960,000 Utahns participated in 2015. Gov. Gary Herbert has challenged Utah to get 1 million Utahns participating for 2016. Registration will be announced this summer at ShakeOut.org/utah.  In the mean time, you can upload photos, stories or videos to the ShakeOut website by logging into your profile.

Take time to ramp up your preparedness by visiting our BeReadyUtah.gov program

Since 2012, more than 3.4 million Utahns have participated in the Great Utah ShakeOut. You can also download your own banners to display on your website, blog or Facebook page from the Resources section of the site.

Want to know who participated? Here’s the list

Show your participation by downloading your own web or social media images and banners here.

Follow the ShakeOut on Twitter: @UtahShakeOut or by using the hashtag #shakeout there, on Pinterest or Instagram. Check us out on Facebook, too: Facebook.com/UtahShakeOut


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