Animas River Watershed Abandoned Mine Lands Project

Project Description
[Adapted from Animas River Abandoned Mine Lands Project introduction,
http://amli.usgs.gov/amli/data/animas/, and the Abandoned Mine Lands
Initiative home page, http://amli.usgs.gov/amli/]

The Animas River Watershed Abandoned Mine Lands Project (ARWAMLP) is being
conducted as part of the larger U.S. Geological Survey Project, the Abandoned
Mine Lands Initiative (AMLI). The purpose of AMLI is to provide technical
assistance in support of Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) actions to
remediate contamination associated with abandoned hard rock mining activities.
This initiative is part of a larger strategy by the U.S. Department of the
Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to coordinate activities for
the cleanup of federal lands affected by abandoned mine lands. The Animas
River portion of the project focuses on the upper Animas River watershed in
southwestern Colorado.