FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – The Navajo Nation estimates that ranchers and farmers in two reservation chapters will suffer approximately $700,000 in damages from an August mine spill in Colorado.
The Daily-Times reports that the Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture on Monday released a preliminary survey on damages from the Gold King Mine Spill.
The department estimates that the millions of gallons of wastewater released into the Animas and San Juan rivers will cause $569,700 in damages for farmers from the Shiprock and Tse Daa Kaan chapters over the next five years.
It says Shiprock and Tse Daa k’aan ranchers will lose $103,200 during the same period.
Charmaine Hosteen of the agriculture department says the estimates are based on staff visits to the chapters. She says damages will be assessed for other chapters in the future.