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Mining & Reclamation Expo & Conference in Silverton

Autumn event explores changing approaches to mining and reclamation 

We are on the cusp of a new future for mining and mine reclamation thanks to innovative movers and thinkers. People concerned about and involved in the health and economies of historic mining communities are invited to explore the changing approaches at the San Juan Mining Reclamation Conference and the Silverton Innovation Expo. Some of these changes are happening organically, some are planned locally, and some come from external sources outside of local control.  

The conference and expo (, held together this year on Sept. 24-26 at the Kendall Mountain Center in Silverton, Colo., will be an opportunity to step back and look at the bigger picture of mining and reclamation activities in the San Juan Mountains. Presenters and participants will include representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Forest Service (USFS), Town of Silverton, private environmental consulting companies, venture capitalists, business accelerator programs, schools, and nonprofits. 

“Mine remediation has been going on in the San Juan Mountains for at least three decades, but there is still an enormous amount of work that needs to be done. We picked the theme of changing approaches for this year’s event because we want to step back and examine if changes in policy and practices can help us move forward. This year, we’ve conjoined the Conference with the Innovation Expo because new, innovative technologies are important pathways for getting more work accomplished,” explained conference organizer Peter Butler, who is co-coordinator of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the 9th Annual San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference will focus on setting overall cleanup goals, voluntary versus regulatory approaches, and funding and partnership opportunities. Conference participants will explore such questions as: how effective are our goals at meeting overall cleanup goals? And, how can valuable ores be extracted without leaving the environmental consequences that historical mining did?  

Wednesday, Sept. 25, is an optional tour day. Tours will be designed to be approximately 3.5 hours so that people can participate in two of them if so desired. Rory Cowie, Ph.D., of Mountain Studies Institute will lead a field trip about Hydrology and Characterization Science. Guests will visit a remote weather station and other hydrologic monitoring instrumentation in the mining district, to observe the challenges of developing a hydrologic water balance in a complicated mining area. The second, related tour will demonstrate the methods of telemetry needed in mountainous areas when conducting characterization work and real-time monitoring of draining adits.  

Peter Butler, Ph.D., of the Animas River Stakeholders Group and Kirstin Brown of the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety will lead a field trip about Water Quality and Historic Mine Remediation – The Three Major Basins of the Upper Animas. Two separate tour options will highlight water quality and mine remediation in separate sub-basins of the Animas River – Mineral Creek, Cement Creek, and the Animas River above Silverton including Sunnyside Basin. 

On the 25th evening, the public is welcome to a movie screening of Newmont Mining’s film, “Mine Next Door”, which explores what is being done to clean up the Idarado Mine area. Larry Fiske from Newmont and the filmmaker Brett Schreckengost will be present to answer questions. A link to the preview can be found at 

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the 3rd Annual Silverton Innovation Expo will explore emerging changes 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, September 26, 2019 (All day)

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