August 28, 2015 – Navajo farmers who live near the Animas River continue to deal with the lingering effects of a toxic wastewater spill triggered by a team working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at an abandoned mining site in Colorado.
The Navajo Nation held off on approving use of water from the river much longer than other communities. President Russell Begaye has raised concerns about communication from the EPA and the quality of water brought in by trucks for crops and livestock.
UPDATE: After this interview was taped, President Begaye approved opening the San Juan River for irrigation in three chapters of the Navajo Nation. The Farmington Daily Times reported on the details.
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