Fort Lewis Professor on Lessons From the Gold King Mine Spill

Sep 21, 2018

It’s been three years since the Gold King Mine spilled millions of gallons of wastewater into the Animas River watershed. A forthcoming book aims to reflect on what went wrong — and could go wrong in the region’s future. 

Fort Lewis College’s Dr. Brad Clark is one of the writers behind “Gold Metal Waters: The 2015 Gold King Mine Spill.” One of the book’s takeaways is that communities are more aware of the impact an event like the spill could have in the area.


However, there’s no shortage on the number of sites where another disaster could occur.


“There are hundreds, if not thousands, in the upper Animas watershed,” Clark said.


Clark will discuss the book following a screening of Duranium” at the Sunflower Theatre on Sept. 28 and joined KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel ahead of his appearance.