The Animas River in Colorado is currently saturated with toxic waste from an abandoned mine called the Gold King Mine. It is estimated that 3 million gallons of waste have spilled into the river and is headed toward the contamination of other rivers. Such spills should make us seriously question the impacts of human activity on nature. This is a unique case in that the spill was actually caused by EPA workers who were there to patch a leak but we should also be wondering how factories and mines are even allowed to sit for decades holding millions of gallons of toxins trapped inside in the first place. We will be watching closely to see how this story unfolds.