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Author Talk with Jonathan Thompson, “River of Lost Souls”

November 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for our first and only IN-PERSON author talk from the Water ’22 book club series to hear from Jonathan Thompson, author of River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster.

This event is being produced by Water Education Colorado, in collaboration with the Four Corners Water Center and Maria’s bookshop. The event is FREE to attend but you must REGISTER HERE to let us know you’re coming.

Part elegy, part ode, part investigative science journalism, River of Lost Souls tells the gripping story behind the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that turned the Animas River in southwestern Colorado orange with sludge and toxic metals for over 100 miles downstream, wreaking havoc on cities, farms, and the Navajo Nation along the way.

The event will take place in the Ballroom of the Student Union at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

If you have not yet gotten a copy of River of Lost Souls, please consider purchasing from Jonathan’s favorite local bookstore, Maria’s Bookshop, via this link.

Jonathan Thompson is an award-winning freelance author, journalist and editor. He usually writes about the land, culture and communities of the American West, with an emphasis on energy development, pollution, land-use politics and economics. But he’s fascinated by the complexity of the world around him, and is happy to delve into almost any topic. He is a contributing editor at High Country News.

The conversation will be moderated by Barb Horn, who has worked on water quality issues in Colorado since 1986 as a water quality specialist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. At CPW, she founded the Volunteer Scientist Program, River Watch, which provides community members with monitoring equipment and their data is used in Clean Water Act decisions to protect aquatic life. She has also been a national leader for community scientists serving in various roles, commissions and committees elevating community science across the nation and internationally. She was actively sampling the Animas River before and after the Gold King Mine Spill.

For updates on the Gold King Mine Disaster legal saga, as well as all kinds of environmental, energy, and economics news from the Four Corners region and beyond, subscribe to Jonathan’s Land Desk newsletter, bringing you Western lands and communities–in context.


November 15, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Water ’22 & Four Corners Water Center


Fort Lewis College Ballroom
1000 Rim Dr
Durango, CO 81301 United States
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