Good Samaritan

  • Government Affairs

    Congress must act to reform ancient mining laws

    Abandoned hard-rock mines create some of the most significant water quality problems facing our country, but in Congress we have an opportunity to invest in cleaning up pollution of the past, while modernizing our mining laws so we don’t face the same issues in the future. With an estimated $54 billion in cleanup costs and tens of thousands of abandoned mines polluting our lands and waters, action is long…

  • Conservation

    TU urges Congress to pass Good Samaritan legislation

    These mines not only pose physical and public health hazards, but tens of thousands of them are polluting the environment

    New law would enable groups like TU to clean up abandoned mines without assuming liability for their pollution Lauren Duncan, a Colorado-based mine reclamation specialist for Trout Unlimited, testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals Resources. The oversight hearing, titled “The Toxic Legacy of the Mining Law of 1872,” evaluated mining-related…

  • It’s World Water Day. What does that mean to you?

    On World Water Day, we ask ourselves not just what water means to us, but "What we can do to make it better, cleaner and more available in our communities and environment?" Learn more about the impacts of abandoned mine pollution on communities across the United States. And then check out this video to learn…

  • Voices from the river

    Out of sight, out of mine?

    An abandoned mine overlooks Lion Creek drainage near Empire, Colorado By Randy Scholfield We are bouncing along in four-wheel drive vehicles, high in the Clear Creek watershed west of Denver, overlooking beautiful forest vistas and steep hillsides laced with snowmelt creeks. We are here with a group of reporters to show them a dark secret…

  • Conservation

    Acid mine waste and trout don’t mix

    The North Star Mine in Silverton, Colo. Mining plays an important part to Colorado’s history. Many mountain towns were founded upon mining and some still rely on it as an economic driver. But it also left a legacy of damage and destruction to many headwater streams and rivers around the state. Trout Unlimited’s mine reclamation program balances maintaining the…

  • Conservation

    Making the Blue River blue

    [et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.22.6"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.22.6"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.22.6"][et_pb_image src="https://www.tu.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Illinois-Gulch_trib-of-blue02.jpg" _builder_version="3.22.6"][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.22.6"][et_pb_column type="2_5" _builder_version="3.22.6"][et_pb_button button_url="https://standup.tu.org/good-samaritan-legislation/" url_new_window="on" button_text="Stand up for Good Sam" _builder_version="3.22.6"][/et_pb_button][et_pb_blurb title="Editor's note:" image="https://www.tu.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/JD4_1428.jpg" _builder_version="3.22.6"]Trout Unlimited staff have been working in the upper portion of Illinois Gulch since 2013 in partnership with other Federal, State, and local entities to address contamination from smaller abandoned hard-rock mine sites. …