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This article comes from the spring edition of the Fish & Wildlife News.
A fisherman tries his luck amid the restoration equipment. Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
For more than a century, waste from historic mines leached into adjacent lands and waters of the Arkansas River, contaminating more than 15 square miles of the upper Arkansas River Basin in Lake County, Colorado, which includes the California Gulch Superfund site. The mining waste posed a serious threat to human health and safety because heavy metals, including lead, seeped into drinking water sources and soil. The heavy metals also injured such wildlife as the American dipper, tree swallow and brown trout, and their supporting habitats.