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By Bob - Posted on 21 May 2010

I'm Bob Boeder and I'm running as an unaffiliated candidate for San Juan County Commissioner. From time to time I will use Basecamp Silverton to keep county citizens informed of my campaign activities. Last night, May 20, I attended the monthly meeting of the Animas River Stakeholders Group. ARSG is a model example of community based problem solving, of local people taking responsibility for their environment.
The ARSG mission statement is "To improve water quality and habitats in the Animas river through a collaborative process designed to encourage participation from all interested parties." Formed in February, 1994, the group brought together mining companies, elected officials, interested citizens, landowners, environmental groups, state and federal officials in an effort to restore the Animas River watershed, improve water quality and reduce pollution levels. The worst polluter sites were identified; landowners agreed to take action; certain mine tailings piles were removed and water was channeled away from other piles.
Fast forward to April 22, 2008, the Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne honored ARSG with the coveted Cooperative Conservation Award. But the Group's work is not finished. Currently, ARSG is supporting federal legislation to permit "good samaritans" to carry out partial remediation of mine site discharges without being considered perpetually responsible for future discharges. Thanks to ARSG coordinator, Bill Simon, Steve Fearn, Peter Butler and many other individuals who have worked hard for more than fifteen years to improve and protect our environment.
Focus on the Future. Vote on November 2.


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