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Rincon Mine on the Colorado River STOPPED! (CO)

Posted: 05/17/2024
By: Kestrel Kunz

American Whitewater and our members helped stop a proposed gravel mine on the banks of the Colorado River – at least for now. The Rincon gravel mine would have been adjacent to the Dotsero Landing river access near the confluence of the Colorado and Eagle Rivers in Eagle County. The project threatened to diminish the scenery, air quality, wildlife, and overall experience of boaters and recreationists of all types on the Colorado River where Eagle County and the state have invested time and resources to improve and protect water quality, river flows and recreation. 

On March 11, the mine developers came before Eagle County Commissioners. The County Commissioners were critical of the proposal and ultimately the developers withdrew their proposal before a vote took place. Rincon Materials LLC may approach the County again with the same project, but they have to wait at least a year. 

American Whitewater rallied over 900 people (928!) to submit oppositional comments to Eagle County detailing how the proposed mine is bad for the river and bad for the outdoor recreation economy, and the county heard the opposition loud and clear. Thank you to all those that spoke up on this issue and helped protect the gateway to the Upper Colorado Recreation Area!


Kestrel Kunz

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