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Rio Grande County Summitville Project

Position Title:               Summitville Project Manager/Coordinator

Employment Status:  Independent Contractor - As needed and required for project

Reports To:                    Rio Grande County Board of Commissioners/County Administrator

Suggested Contract    Anticipate max of 5-10 hours per week average

Range:                          Travel and per diem expenses are responsible of contractor


General Description of Position

The successful applicant will be a motivated, visionary, independent, enthusiastic problem-solver who is capable and willing to oversee and spearhead a “Preservation Plan” (outline below) for the Summitville Superfund Site (Site), and assist the county to coordinate future visionary plans for the whole Site.  This will also include the need for public input and engagement  for the Summitville project.  The Summitville Project Manager/Coordinator is challenged with executing project management and grant administrative tasks. The Project Manager/Coordinator will organize public meetings and ideas, grant submittals and tracking, and project implementation in a community of diverse situations and needs.  This will require communication, interpersonal, and project management skills.  Potential agencies and entities that will be collaborating and potentially negotiating with include but not limited to United State Forest Service, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) , Colorado State Historic Preservation Office, other local, state, or Federal agencies,  Adams State College, other colleges with interests in geology, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), contractors, engineers, non-profits, and a wide variety of natural resource professionals.

Preservation Plan:  The County and the United State Forest Service are in the process of negotiating a land exchange of mining claims in the area.  On one parcel (Parcel #6) that the USFS will be deeding to Rio Grande County, there is an old, log cabin on site that is not in good physical condition.  However, because of the current ownership being the USFS, a “Preservation Plan” must be developed.  In a separate RFP, the county will be selecting an Archaeologist firm to evaluate and generate a “Preservation Plan” for parcel #6.

General Background


The Summitville area located in southwest Rio Grande County has a rich and colorful history. 

Summitville was one of Colorado's largest and richest gold mining sites. Gold was discovered there in small amounts in 1870.  However, miners did not stay in the area  because it was still considered Ute territory, and the winters were extreme at the  11,500 to 12,000  foot high elevation. . As the development of mining started in surrounding mountains, the Brunot Treaty of 1872-73, removed the Utes from the mountain area, making it safer for the miners to return.

There were some small groups of gold miners who mined in the area in the early 1870s. These were underground, near-surface mines. On September 13, 1873, P.J. Peterson and his partner, F.H. Brandt, discovered the Little Annie and the Margaretta Mines. The Little Annie was named for Peterson’s daughter, Annie, who would have been about four years old at the time the mine was discovered. The Margaretta was named for a relative of Mr. Brandt’s. The Little Annie is still the most famous and richest mine in the Summit District, and at one time was the third richest gold mine in the State of Colorado. Annie’s mine was high in the mountains, and a tram was built to take ore down to the processing site. P.J. Peterson paid nine Swedes $1.50 per foot to build the tram in 60 days.  The tram started operation July 8, 1876.

Soon after the discovery of the Little Annie and Margaretta mines, a town started to form with 14 saloons, a newspaper (Summitville Nugget), two general stores, a post office, a signal station, an assay office, five eating houses, a bakery, a butcher shop, a feed store, a lumber yard, three blacksmiths, a shoemaker, and nine mills to serve the Summitville population of 600 and later grew to 1,500.  By 1883, the town was deserted and was almost destroyed by a forest fire.  By 1885, there were more than 250 individual claims in operation. The site was soon mined out, and by 1893, the Summitville area was deserted again.

During the next 20 to 23 years, operations came and went in the area. A second Summitville gold rush began after miner Jack Picken and his partner Judge Jessie Wiley established a lease on the Little Annie mine. Pickens had discovered another incredibly rich vein of gold at the site in 1902, and kept silent for 24 years until he could find a way to obtain a lease for the Little Annie mine in 1926.

The town was revived in 1934 when some of the mines were reopened. Deeper, underground mining was principally for lower grade gold ore. There were 70 homes for miners and their families in Summitville, as well as a bathhouse, a bunkhouse, a mess hall, a post office, an amusement hall, and a two-room school house. An integrated water system was installed throughout the town. Summitville’s population grew to 700 in less than a year, and it became the largest mining camp in the state. By 1938, Summitville had two operating mills, two stores, a school, and 60 to 70 occupied residences, as well as a large boarding house where 300 men lived. The population grew to as much as 1,500 with over 900 men on the payroll. Through 1949, total gold produced reached 257,000 ounces from approximately 270,000 metric tons of ore from the underground mines.

During the 1940s, copper was being mined in Summitville, in addition to gold. The town produced a great deal of copper during the World War II era. By 1956, the population had dropped to only 12 miners. The town was abandoned, but mining continued into the 1990s.

In 1984, an area of 1,230 acres in Summitville area was acquired by the Canadian-based Galactic Resources Ltd., a subsidiary of Summitville Consolidated Mining Company, Inc. (SCMCI). It began a new large-scale open pit operation that covered 550 acres to extract gold and silver. New techniques [using cyanide?] were used to extract gold from otherwise uneconomic ore.  

A cyanide spill leaked chemicals into the Alamosa River in the 1980s. The mining operations ceased in October 1991, and the leaching continued until March 1992, when Galactic Resources filed for bankruptcy.  SCMCI then closed the site and converted on-site equipment for the detoxification process. Approximately 160 million U.S. gallons of stored water needed treatment. This water was held in an inadequate pond system, and other contaminated water was leaking from older underground workings. After the company insolvency proceedings were completed in a British Columbia court, the United States government declared the site a Superfund cleanup site in 1994, and spent $155,000,000.00 of public funds cleaning up the site.  It was negotiated in the law suit that Rio Grande County would take ownership of the land, though it did not have any management over-sight or responsibility for it up until recent discussions started in 2016.  There is now discussion between EPA, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that the County could have a little more input in some of the operations of the site footprint  (does not include any of the environmental clean-up and running of the plant).

Natural versus Man-made Pollution

Millions of years ago, rocks in the Summitville area were subjected to acid-sulfate alteration, which causes the streams that drain the area to be naturally acidic and naturally high in metals. The very names of nearby creeks are evidence of poor natural water quality: Iron Creek, Alum Creek, and Bitter Creek. Mining at Summitville, by exposing more rock surface to weathering, increased acidity and concentrations of dissolved metals in runoff from the mine area. The degradation in Summitville runoff water quality has its origin in both decades-old mining structures, such as the Reynold’s adit, and the open-pit mining of 1985 to 1992.

Water runoff from the Summitville mine flows down Wightman Fork, mixes with naturally acidic runoff from unmined areas, flows into the Alamosa River and flows out of the mountains into the San Luis Valley, where it is used for crop irrigation. A United States Geological Survey investigation arrived at three major conclusions:

  • “Extreme acid-rock drainage is the dominant long-term environmental concern at the Summitville mine and could have been predicted given the geological characteristics of the deposit. Extensive remedial efforts are required to isolate both unweathered sulfides and soluble metal salts in the open-pit area and mine-waste piles from weathering and dissolution.”
  • “It is likely that natural contamination adversely affected water quality and fish habitat in the Alamosa River long before and will continue to have adverse effects even when acid drainage from Summitville is remediated. Thus, reasonable natural conditions for the Alamosa River must be established in order to set realistic remediation conditions for the Summitville site.”
  • “Results of studies as of late 1993 indicate that mining at Summitville has had no discernible short-term adverse effects on barley or alfalfa crops irrigated with Alamosa River water. Remediation of the site will help to ensure that no adverse effects occur over the longer term.”



Summitville Mine is located in the southeastern San Juan Mountains Tertiary Age volcanic field, approximately 12 miles east of Wolf Creek Pass. Much of the area was covered by extensive volcanic rock consisting of mostly tuff, andesite, and rhyodacite which were deposited approximately 26 to 30 million years ago. Structure played an important role in localizing the volcanism in the area. The Summitville andesite was extruded following the collapse of the Summitville caldera and now is exposed to the east and south of the site. The formation of the South Mountain volcanic dome, consisting of quartz latite, intruded through the tuff, andesite, and rhyodacite approximately 22 million years ago near the intersection of the northwest-striking Pass Creek and the north-striking Rio Grande fault zones. The quartz latite flows, which now comprise the central portion of the site, were subjected to varying degrees of acid-sulfate alteration and mineralization. Mineralization of the Summitville area was developed by at least six distinct events following the emplacement of the quartz latite.

Bedrock is quartz latite, quartz latite porphyry, or andesite . [I took out the abbreviations because they are not used anywhere else.] Much of the latite has undergone acid-sulfate alteration along preexisting fractures and the associated brecciation. The resulting breccia and vuggy silica deposits provided avenues for sulfide and gold concentrations. The mineralized latite is the principal source of acid generating soil and rock at the site. Acid generation occurs by chemical and biological mechanisms. Oxidation of fine-grained sulfide minerals disseminated in the latite results in surface and groundwater with a low pH along with high concentrations of dissolved iron, aluminum, sulfate, and other heavy metals.


Primary Duties

  • Oversee and coordinate with consultant on the Preservation Plan, as appropriate
  • Assist in the organization of public engagement meetings about the future vision of the Summitville site.
  • Seek and implement grant funding from sources including but not limited to DOLA, including tracking expenses, completing periodic and final reports, coordinating management with Rio Grande County (the fiscal agent),
  • Manage funds from approved grants, including tracking expenses, completing periodic and final reports, coordinating management with Rio Grande County (the fiscal agent), and ensuring the requirements are followed;
  • Research potential funding sources and write grants to fund organization capacity, project implementation, and long term maintenance and monitoring;
  • Prepare for and report to Rio Grande County Board of Commissioners;

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree and 1-2 years of experience working in a professional setting or equivalent. Natural resource, forestry, environmental planning and communications experience will be helpful.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and 
community outreach. 

  • Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously. 

  • Familiarity with natural resources concepts and ecosystem processes
  • Familiarity with Colorado State Historic Preservation Office and heritage sites.
  • Ability to prepare meeting materials and presentations and assist in facilitating meetings. 

  • Writing, presentation and public relations skills. 

  • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities and manage time effectively. 

  • Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel, ability to learn new computer applications. 

  • A valid Colorado Driver’s License and ability to pass background check including a good driving record. Must have own vehicle, mileage reimbursement available. 

Working Conditions

Contract work may be performed inside and outside, both day and night, under varying and extreme weather conditions, and could include frequent driving of contractor’s personal vehicle.  Periodic field conditions may include steep, unstable terrain, proximity to fast-moving water, proximity to highway traffic, and typical conditions associated with travel in the Rocky Mountain region. Contract work may include working weekends or increased hours around special events.  Any hours over the Not to Exceed amount must be approved by the board prior to work (issues such as this will be stipulated in the contract).  Contract work includes the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to utilize communication equipment.

A contract may be awarded with Rio Grande County and will be regarded as a subcontractor for all purposes.  Proposals will be evaluated an Equal Opportunity basis and no otherwise qualified individual shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or religious affiliation, sex, familial status, age, genetics, disability, or national origin in any phase of employment for this position.


Contract Details

Contract range:  5-10 hours per week average/sometimes there might be more or less hours. A time sheet must be maintained and submitted with billing.  Selected individual will be a subcontractor with Rio Grande County. The initial engagement length of the contract is one year with intention of continuation for 3-5 years and beyond based upon secured funding; the hours may be renegotiated at that time based upon tasks and outcomes agreed to between the Contractor and County.   Cost estimate should include price per hour for consultant and any other costs.   All materials created by the Project Manager/Coordinator remain the property of Rio Grande County.  No copyrights may be awarded for any work completed under this contract. 


Scope of Work

A detailed Scope of Work (SOW) will be crafted between the selected Project Manager/Coordinator and the Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) following review of proposals and an interview process.  Based on hourly rates and selected consultants, a Not to Exceed contract may be offered.  The SOW may include identification of specific projects to manage and deliverables related to Strategic Visioning and development of a Historical Preservation Plan.  Developing the SOW together allows the board and the selected consultant to clearly communicate outcomes and methods for achievement.  The SOW will be approved within six weeks of the execution of a contract. 


How to Submit Proposals

Please email a PDF of your cover letter, resume, an hourly rate requested, and an estimate of hours to the address below by April 17, 2018, before close of business for consideration. You must call and confirm receipt of your email.  Two hard-copies should be provided prior to the deadline in a sealed, opaque envelope with “Summitville Project Manager/Coordinator” and the Consultant’s name written on the outside.  Proposals must be submitted to Rio Grande County.  All bids will be opened in a public meeting at 10:00 a.m. on April 25th  at the Commissioner Chambers in Del Norte, Colorado. Following opening, bids will be shared with CDPHE who may also share with EPA.  Rio Grande County may or may not award contracts. Standard contracts with Rio Grande Counties will be utilized. 

The cover letter should clearly demonstrate the applicants’ ability to fulfill the stated duties and meet the qualifications of the position. Interviews for selected candidates will be scheduled following the public opening of bids and review by the BOCC.  Please include specific information regarding experience with collaboration, rural communities, historic preservation sites, land stewardship, and leadership skills, visioning, and implementation of complex projects. 

Summary of dates:

    Deadline for proposal     April 17, 2018

    Opening of bids                 April 25, 2018

    Interviews if necessary  April 30 or May 1

    Award                                  May 16, 2018


            Submit to:     Roni Wisdom, Rio Grande County Administrator



                                    Rio Grande County

                                    925  6th Street, Room 207

                                    Del Norte, CO  81132



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We are requesting that all citizens go to the web site

Click on the DELTALERT link in the upper right hand corner and sign up for the new



The Deltalert web link will allow you to go into the system and update your information to include email, cell phone, as well as your home phone information.  This will allow the notification center to have a much better chance of notifying you in the event of an incident in your area.

The EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM can be used to notify citizens of any type of emergency in the San Luis Valley.  Please sign up and help us help you be informed.

Even if you have signed up for emergency notification in the past or on another site, it is important that you go to, click the Deltalert tab at the top right hand corner of the site and opt in to be notified.

If you have problems registering you can contact the 911 Administrator at 719-587-6712.   Please leave a message and you will be contacted.