Salt Lake City, Utah
Released On: October 11, 2011
The goals of the forums are to: 1) discuss with the public and media how selenium affects the water supply and endangered fish in the Gunnison Basin and 2) receive input from the public about plans to reduce selenium in local waterways while protecting existing and future water uses and avoiding potential Endangered Species Act conflicts in the basin.
Selenium is a trace metal found in Mancos Shale, and soils in many parts of the lower Gunnison Basin are naturally high in selenium and salt. When water comes in contact with these soils it can mobilize the selenium, flushing it into our rivers. Selenium concentrations in the lower Gunnison and Colorado Rivers and many of their tributaries currently exceed levels that are deemed safe for sensitive aquatic life, including endangered fish species.
For more information about SMP visit the selenium program website email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-248-0600.
The forums are sponsored by: Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado State University Extension, Delta and Shavano Conservation Districts, Gunnison Basin and Grand Valley Selenium Task Forces, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey
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