Friday, February 15, 2008

Leadville's lament



My favorite vacation destination is Leadville, Colo. High in the Rocky Mountains -- 10,200 feet above sea level, it boasts of being the "highest" community in North America -- Leadville is a former gold rush town that features and celebrates its rustic history. Growing in popularity as a tourist destination, the the Leadville area is beautiful, with Turquoise Lake just three miles out of town, and several ski areas close by.

(Leadville also features the best pizza I've eaten anywhere, at High Mountain Pies.)

Anyway, with all the mining that took place there over the decades, during a period when environmental issues and pollution were of low priority, it is no surprise that Leadville was a SuperFund site.

Now, come to find out there is another problem facing the community -- abandoned mine shafts and tunnel containing a billion gallons of contaminated water -- water that threatens the town with a flood and threatens the region with pollution. Nothing imminent, but authorities are taking precautions while trying to figure out what to do about it.

The AP story on the situation is pretty scary.

However, we have our deposit down for a week's stay in Leadville this coming summer. So we're still going. Plus, the house is on high ground.

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