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Aquatic Life in the Eagle River Below the Eagle Mine

Work accomplished to date for the Eagle Mine Superfund Site has improved the habitat for fish and other aquatic life considerably. However, the variety of species and growth of fish continues to be very limited by the levels of zinc, copper, and cadmium.

The story of S04, tells the life story of a Brown Trout living in the Eagle River. This particular Brown Trout has been living in the effected waters for many years, and has been captured and released on several occasions when fish were counted and identified during fish counts. Read the life story of S04.

Annual fish counts at several locations in the Eagle River have been conducted by the Eagle River Watershed Council, in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife. For a complete report on the fish count data, visit www.eagleriverwatershedcouncil.org/ProjectsPrograms/EagleMineSuperfundSite
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Download the slide presentation prepared by John Wooding Ph.D. on how zinc concentrations in the River affect fish population and health. An update of the slide presentation to include electro-fishing data collected through 2010 is presented in "Fish studies of the Eagle River downstream of the Eagle Mine, Part 2 - 2005-2020".