- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it will provide $600,000 for three states and two Indian tribes to monitor river conditions in the aftermath of a massive spill from a Colorado mine.

State and tribal health officials requested EPA funding for a network of sensors in the Animas and San Juan rivers to provide instantaneous data on a public website. The plan also calls for periodic water sampling.

The EPA said Tuesday it would fund the plan.

Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe would participate.

An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered the release of 3 million gallons of tainted wastewater from the inactive Gold King Mine in August. The spill polluted the Animas and San Juan rivers in the three states and two reservations.

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