11/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Clean Water Act Stifling Volunteer Cleanup Efforts

LEADVILLE -- It's a fall morning in the mountains just outside this Lake County town. Contractors in yellow earthmovers are cleaning up acid mine drainage in the Sugarloaf Mining District. They're part of a unique government-nonprofit-college collaboration that has made great strides in improving water quality in the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River.

Everyone involved in this feel-good project, however, is a target of potential lawsuits under the Clean Water Act.

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