Superfund Site:

NELSON TUNNEL/COMMODORE WASTE ROCK
Creede, CO

Superfund Site Profile

Site Contacts

Community Involvement Coordinator
Cynthia Peterson
(303) 312-6879

Remedial Project Manager
Joy Jenkins
(303) 312-6873

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Site Location

Street Address:
NATIONAL FOREST ROAD 503.4, Creede, CO 81130

Background

The Nelson Tunnel/Commodore Waste Rock Pile Superfund site is located about one mile north of Creede, Mineral County, Colorado. At the abandoned hard rock mine site, the Nelson Tunnel discharges acid mine drainage directly into West Willow Creek. The site also includes a formerly unstable waste rock pile that is part of the Commodore Mine. These features contribute contaminants to surface water.

South of the site, West Willow Creek joins East Willow Creek to form Willow Creek. Willow Creek is a tributary of the Rio Grande River, a state-designated Gold Medal fishery. Historically, mining of silver, lead, and zinc provided economic ...
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