Toxic-Spill Researchers Win $600K Haury Challenge Grant

(UA News)--A team of researchers investigating the effects of last year's Gold King Mine toxic spill on the Navajo community has won the first $600,000 challenge grant awarded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.

The team, which had received a $10,000 pilot grant in January from the Haury program, is led by Karletta Chief, a Navajo hydrologist and assistant professor in the UA Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, and Paloma Beamer, associate professor of environmental health sciences in the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. It also includes UA professors Nicolette Teufel-Shone and Dean Billheimer, in addition to representatives of Northern Arizona University, Fort Lewis College and Diné College. Read more