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From Mine to Meadows: How Innovative Remediation Transformed Newmont’s Idarado Mine

Celebrating a Rich History of Reclamation and Partnership at the Idarado Mine

September 30, 2018 marks 40 years since the Idarado Mine shut down. It also marks 40 years of Newmont’s contribution to sustainable closure and reclamation in Telluride. Well before signing the State of Colorado’s Remedial Action Plan, Idarado/Newmont worked diligently to help the environment heal from the impacts of a century of mining in the region. Read the full story of our remediation efforts in The Mine Next Door, a 10-part series from the Telluride Daily Planet.

Part 5 – A Tale of Two Watersheds

Deep inside the guts of the San Juan Mountains, thousands of feet beneath the ragged ridge line that parts the mighty San Miguel and Uncompahgre river watersheds, two headlamps bobbed along (…)

On an early morning in June, Idarado’s remediated tailings piles on Red Mountain Pass were sprouting with fresh green growth. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)

Part 6 – Grass on Gray Mountain: Adventures in Tailings Remediation

Every workday morning back in the 1970s, Joe Smart would kiss his wife and little son goodbye, step out into the bracing dawn, and (…)