The #BlueRiver through Breckenridge is clearing up

Colorado abandoned mines

From The Denver Channel (Russell Haythorn):

Experts say the discoloration came from heavy rains on Friday, causing mine waste and mud from a beaver dam upstream to break free.

Red White and Blue fire chief Jim Keating says tests show there was never any hazard to public health or to the wildlife.

“What we’re seeing here is honestly, mostly mud,” Keating said. “Red mud.”

The discoloration was certainly concerning.

“It had a lot of people freaked out,” Keating said. “Particularly – I think – the most calls I got were people who fish the area.”

By Monday things had mostly cleared up…

With snowpack well above average and more snow and rain in the forecast this week, experts say this could be a common theme this mud season.

“While we are vigilant, we’re not terribly concerned right now,” Keating said.

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