Human waste may be seeping into some NM rivers

Human waste may be seeping into some NM rivers

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – A disturbing and dangerous discovery in several northwestern New Mexico rivers.

According the Farmington Daily Times results of tests done last year by the San Juan Watershed Group revealed bacteria from human waste may be seeping into the Animas, La Plata, and San Juan rivers in New Mexico and Colorado.

Tests for E. coli in water in Colorado met state standards but tests conducted in the Farmington area were positive for human bacteria found in feces.

The group believes the contamination is occurring downstream in New Mexico from septic systems or illegal dumping. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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