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How Newmont Is Helping Natural Resources Flourish in the Telluride Valley

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

When the Idarado Mining Company formed in 1939, it brought with it a new era of innovation and collaboration to the San Juan Mountains. This tradition of problem solving through partnership continues today as Idarado/Newmont work with others to drive a new era of high-tech innovation. In the final two parts of the Mine Next Door series, the Telluride Daily Planet gives an update on the projects that are helping to revitalize and rejuvenate some of Telluride’s greatest natural resources.

The Bridal Veil Powerhouse stands sentry to the Telluride valley from its perch atop Bridal Veil Falls as workers conduct upgrades and repairs to the complex water conveyance system shared by Idarado and the Town of Telluride. Highly pressurized water flows through a turbine at the powerhouse to generate hydroelectricity. The town picks the water up from the outflow, or “tail race,” at the cliff face. From here, the water is piped vertically down the cliff face along the lower reaches of Black Bear Pass road to the Pandora Water Treatment Plant. (Photo by Brett Schreckengost)

Part 9 – Like Water for Power

“This isn’t the helmet the marmot peed in, is it?” asks David Swanson – Master and Commander of the Bridal Veil Hydroelectric Plant (…)

Old timers recall places inside the Idarado that were full of magic and wonder, like the 100 level of the old Black Bear Mine, where the air used to be so cold and still that wafer-thin ice crystals the size of dinner plates grew on the back and ribs of the tunnel like giant, delicate butterflies. Due to warming conditions and disappearing permafrost in the high country, these crystals don’t form anymore. (Photo by Rick River)

Part 10 – Old Mine, New Tricks: Prospecting for Innovation at the Idarado Mine

The mining camps of the San Juans were the innovation boot camps of the late 1800s – the Silicon Valley of their time. The mountains, and the mines, were (…)