- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is giving the OK for its San Juan River water to be used for crop irrigation and livestock. Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality says tests also clear the river for visitors wanting to use it for recreation.

The agency announced late Friday that Utah’s agriculture department lifted advisories against using the water saying most of the contamination from the Gold King Mine spill flowed through days earlier.

A Utah State University veterinary toxicologist says the highest levels of remaining contamination carried short-term and minimal exposure risks but posed no harm to animals, plants and soil.

The agriculture agency advises farmers and ranchers to report any crop or livestock health issues they observe.

Recreational river-goers are still encouraged to bring their own water and not filter river water to drink.



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