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Navajo Nation opens San Juan River for livestock

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye talks with community members during a public meeting Thursday, July 20, 2015, in Shiprock, N.M. The quality of San Juan River water on the Navajo Nation has returned to what it was before a spill at a Colorado gold mine sent toxic sludge into the waterway, federal officials said Thursday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP)

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye talks with community members during a public meeting Thursday, July 20, 2015, in Shiprock, N.M. The quality of San Juan River water on the Navajo Nation has returned to what it was before a spill at a Colorado gold mine sent toxic sludge into the waterway, federal officials said Thursday. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP)

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) ai??i?? Livestock will again be able to use the San Juan River now that Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says the river is safe again.

Watering activity was suspended in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill in southern Colorado in August.

The Gallup Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1hoDjlp) that the Navajo Environmental Protection Agency Water Quality Program advised the president that the river was safe for livestock based on samples collected from the river.

Officials are monitoring the river for potential long-term effects of the mine waste. 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