Upper Arkansas River: Restoration plan complete and improving habitat is at the top of the list

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From the Leadville Herald Democrat (Ann E Wibbenmeyer):

Funding for the projects in the plan is from a Natural Resources Damages Assessment lawsuit that was settled over the last two years. Newmont Mining Corporation and Resurrection Mining Company were the first to put $10 million into a trust fund for the projects in 2008. With the resolution of the ASARCO, LLC, bankruptcy at the end of 2009, another $10.5 million was added to the fund…

After receiving the first of the funds, the trustees for the settlement began gathering project ideas. The trustees include the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Department of Law…

The largest project, which is in this tier, will be in-stream habitat restoration. This project will improve living conditions for fish in the Arkansas River south of the California Gulch Superfund site…

Other tier-one projects include water monitoring for the Dinero Tunnel, where a bulkhead was installed in 2009; weed control in Lake and Chaffee counties and habitat protection. The estimated total cost of this first tier of projects is $6,464,000 with $5,845,000 coming from the trust fund.

More restoration coverage here.

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