With a cloud of dust billowing behind her, Deb Zack drove her black Jeep along the narrow dirt roads high above Idaho Springs. She navigated the sketchy dirt lanes on the north side of Virginia Canyon with familiarity.
Zack is a project manager and reclamation specialist with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety’s inactive mine program.
And she’s been quite busy.
It’s estimated that Clear Creek County has some 3,000 inactive mines, with 22,000 abandoned mines in the state.