The San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference made a full tour through the mining communities of southwestern Colorado over the past six years. After stops in Silverton, Lake City, Creede, Telluride, and Durango, the event returns to Ouray in 2017. The conference has featured presentations and discussions about the history and heritage of mining in the San Juan Mountains, contemporary hardrock mining practices, alternative remediation approaches to legacy mining impacts, and the regulatory frameworks for both. Now is the time to come full circle to examine lessons learned from reclamation projects across the region, how they are making a difference environmentally, and what reclamation will look like into the future. We also have the opportunity to consider how industry in the region has utilized innovative mining technologies and environmental mitigation plans to energize hardrock mining in the San Juans.
In its seventh year, the conference will also highlight projects and mining in the Uncompahgre Watershed. We will field-‐tour Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership’s tailings stabilization project and Ouray Silver Mine’s mining operations and mitigation designs in the Canyon Creek sub-‐basin, as well as Idarado’s past and proposed remediation projects in the Red Mountain Creek sub-‐basin. Diverse stakeholders will have opportunities to examine and discuss successes of mining and reclamation to date, as well as contemplate their futures in this region.
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