Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) royally screwed over everyone that uses the Animas River. As our former intern Daniel Davis wrote, a crackerjack* team from the EPA on cleanup duty near the Gold King Mine, which had been abandoned for 10 years, accidentally released 3 million gallons of contaminated water that had accumulated inside there. The discharge of dirty water was so great that it turned the river orange. Arsenic levels are 300 times normal levels, with lead levels surging to 3,500 times above healthy levels. In other words, stay away from the water.