August 15, 2022

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Silt struggling to clean drinking water after Grizzly Creek fire, mudslides

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T he original problem was fire. The flames from the Grizzly Creek fire lasted for five months in 2020, burning more than 32,000 acres in western Colorado.

Now, the fire has created another problem, and it has to do with water.

Debris and ash from the fire and subsequent mudslides fell into the Colorado River, the main source of drinking water for 40 million Americans.

The effects of the fire pose a long-term threat to drinking water in neighboring Silt, which Town Manager Jeff Layman said is the first town west of the fire’s source in Glenwood Canyon to draw its water directly from the Colorado River.

“We had some crazy mudslides and that increased sediment and dirt, sand, chemicals and all the stuff that comes off of a fire,” Layman said. “Burnt hillside made its way down the…

Margaret Fleming

2022-04-04 04:06:00

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