Twenty years ago on Labor Day Weekend, the San Juan Ridge Mine breached a water bearing fault, dewatering 14 wells and squandering millions of gallons of precious water. This Saturday the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association will be putting on an event at the North Columbia schoolhouse to commemorate the event and take steps so that it never happens again. Andrew Collins-Anderson is a spokesperson for the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association.
For 10 years the students at Grizzly Hill had to drink bottled water because their well water was contaminated.
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Collins-Anderson says they plan to celebrate the community’s ongoing success in preventing the return of the Mine with a party.
The benefit marking 20 years since the Jan Juan Ridge Mine Breach is Saturday Aug. 29th from 3 to 7:30 pm at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on Tyler Foote Rd. Also planned is a kid’s area. The cost is $10 SJRTA members, students and seniors; $15 non-members; Children 12 and under are free.