CBS4’s Jeff Todd has covered the story since the beginning, so he answered some of the big questions in an effort to provide you with basic information on the many issues.
Gov. John Hickenlooper is preparing a State of Emergency for the areas in southwest Colorado along the Animas River. Both the town of Durango and La Plata County have already issued their own emergency orders.
Just like every action has a reaction, all rivers run to the sea. Despite living far inland from the seven salty bodies of water, the decisions we make in Colorado will eventually make their way back to the ocean.
Colorado State University is working with an oil and gas drilling company on a study to minimize water pollution.
Colorado’s mountains are covered with abandoned gold and silver mines. Those are often a source of contamination.