EPA Crews: Orange tinge seen in Cement Creek, discoloration expected throughout the year

Melanie Bergolc
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015, file photo, Silverton, Colo., resident Melanie Bergolc walks along the banks of Cement Creek in Silverton, polluted by mine waste runoff. The focus on a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three states shifts to Congress the week of Sept. 7 as lawmakers kick off a series of hearings into how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accidentally unleashed the deluge of poisoned water. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

CRESTED  BUTTE, Co. (KRQE) – On Sunday, EPA crews found an orange tinge flowing in Cement Creek.

Officials say that the discoloration is not related to the EPA efforts at the Gold King Mine and onsite officials said the interim water treatment plant at Gladstone was functioning properly.

However, EPA officials are warning residents that they are expecting orange discoloration throughout the spring runoff season and during storms throughout the year.

Crews said the discoloration did not affect the North Fork of the creek nor was the effluent leaving the treatment plant.

To monitor the water quality data of Cement Creek, click here >>

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