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Author: Peter Cacek

A Message From Mayor Larsen Regarding Nederland’s Water Sample Test Results

With the recent actions by the State regarding water pollution in Coon Track Creek due to the Cross and Caribou Mines, I wanted to take a moment to reassure everyone in Nederland about the safety of our drinking water.

First, the pollution that caused the state to issue a Notice of Violation/Cease and Desist order is occurring in a different watershed than where Nederland gets its water supply. The town water treatment plant is located by the High School in the Eldora Valley, while the recent concerns are one valley to the North. Thus, the pollution released by the mines has no way of entering into our water supply.

However, we all know that the hills around us are peppered by old mines so I want to share the most recent water testing results for Nederland’s drinking water. We routinely take samples and have them tested by a third party to check for both organic and inorganic pollutants. Results from the test on October 19th showed no detectable amounts (meaning less than 1 part per billion, or in one case trillion) of Antimony, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Nickel, Selenium, Thallium, Uranium, Nitrate Nitrogen, Floride, and a long list of PFAs.

We did detect the following in our water:

  • Barium (15 parts per billion, where the EPA limit is 2000)
  • Sodium (3800 parts per billion, where there is no EPA limit)
  • Lead (1 part per billion, where the EPA limit is 15)
  • Copper (195 parts per billion where the EPA limit is 1300)

The long and short of this is that Nederland’s drinking water is incredibly safe, far more so than just about anywhere else in the country. This is not to say that what is happening at Caribou is not of concern. The polluted water flows through Nederland into Barker, and we are concerned on behalf of our neighbors who rely on well water in the valley below the mines. As a Town, we are working with representatives of the County, the City of Boulder, the State, as well as from Grand Island Resources to ensure that this situation is addressed rapidly and fully for the sake of everyone in western Boulder County.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy thanksgiving! As a reminder, Town Hall will be closed today and tomorrow. Have a great weekend, and stay safe!

Red Flag Warning in Boulder County, Fire in Estes Park

Currently, Boulder County is under a Red Flag warning due to the high winds and low humidity. In this kind of weather, fires can easily start and spread quickly. No open burning is allowed while this warning is in affect, any residents and visitors should be extra vigilant with any activity that could possibly cause a spark.

There is also a fire near Kruger Rock, just southeast of Estes Park. Both mandatory and voluntary evacuations have been issued, and it is advised that travel towards Estes along Highway 36 be avoided. Please check the Larimer Office of Emergency Management Twitter ( or the Larimer County Fire Map for current information:

Mitigation Monday – Winter Fires

Did you know that more home fires happen during the winter than any other time of year? Be mindful of how you head your home this winter in order to help prevent a disaster.

November Financial & Career Workshops

November Workshops!

Our FREE Career and Financial workshops and Computer Training Center are available 100% online at Workforce Boulder County.

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Virtual Career Workshops

  • Career Exploration
  • Updating & Tailoring Your Resume
  • LinkedIn 101
  • LinkedIn 201
  • Get Strategic about Your Job Search
  • Interview Preparation
  • Insights & Guidelines for 50+
  • Capable & Confident in the Job Search
  • Negotiating Your Salary*
  • Ins & Outs of Job Applications*
  • Overcoming Difficult Work Histories*

Virtual Financial Workshops

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  • Exploring My Financial Future / Explorando mi Futuro Financiero
  • Thoughtful Money Management / Utilizando el Crédito Sabiamente
  • Budgeting on a Small Income / Presupuestando y Manejando sus Finanzas con Ingresos
  • Communicating for Financial Health / Conversaciones Saludables con sus Cobradores
  • Organizing for Financial Management / Métodos para Mantener el Control de sus Finanzas
  • Credit Reporting—Know the Facts / Comprendiendo su Informe de Crédito & Todo lo que Debo Saber Acerca de Crédito
  • Be informed, Borrow Smart / Infórmese para Endeudarse Sabiamente
  • Building a Banking Relationship / Estableciendo una Relación Bancara
  • Pathway Out of Debt / Cómo Deshacerse de sus Deudas
  • Investing Basics / Ahorro e Inversiones para Principiant

To see the Financial and Career Workshops schedule, go to and click on our Calendar of Events. Click on any workshop for the link to sign up.

Virtual Computer Training Center

Would you like to enhance your computer skills? Look no further than Workforce Boulder County! To sign up for online computer training, or for more info, contact us at    (See the attached flyer for more info)

  • Free online computer training for anyone 18 and over. Available 24/7.
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    • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Project, Teams, Office Fundamentals;
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