Office of Natural Resources Trustee publishes the Final Restoration Plan #2 for the 2015 Gold King Mine Release

Agency to fund 10 projects from settlements with US EPA and EPA Contractors

The New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee (ONRT) published the Final Natural Resource Restoration Plan # 2 for the 2015 Gold King Mine ReleaseThe restoration plan identifies 10 natural resource restoration projects using $12 million recovered from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA contractors for injuries in New Mexico resulting from the release caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine blowout. 

The Final Restoration Plan selected the following projects:  

  • $480,000 – City of Aztec, Construction of North Main Wastewater Management Infrastructure  
  • $950,000 – City of Aztec, Rehabilitation of Raw Water Reservoir 1 
  • $2,000,000 – City of Farmington, Construction of Whitewater Wave and Irrigation Diversion Dam at Farmington Gateway Park  
  • $65,575 – Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Construction of Nenahnezad Chapter San Juan River Boat Ramp  
  • $1,803,000 – New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, San Juan River Water Lease Agreement Partnership  
  • $205,226 – New Mexico State Parks Division, Construction of an Aquatic Invasive Species Station on San Juan River Quality Waters  
  • $681,440 – San Juan County, Construction of San Juan River Public Boat Ramps and Park Improvements  
  • $2,300,000 – San Juan County, Construction of the San Juan County Extension Service Office Building  
  • $1,000,000 – San Juan County, Construction of Water and Wastewater Improvements for the Totah Subdivision 
  • $1,616,600 – San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, Construction of Irrigation Ditch Diversion Project 

Accessing the Final RP:  the Final RP is available here or may be requested from the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee by email at; by phone at (505) 670-6499; or by mail at 121 Tijeras NE, Suite 1000, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

For More Information: Please see the Gold King Mine settlements documents and ONRT’s Gold King Mine page.