The devastating contamination in Northern New Mexico is getting cleaned up and cleaned up so fast, the rivers are already open again for public use.

The New Mexico Environment Department lifted the bans on using the rivers for drinking water and recreational activities this past Saturday. And the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food took down any warnings against using the San Juan river for crop irrigation and livestock watering this past Friday.

The rivers had been off limits for most uses since an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup crew accidentally triggered a leak in the old abandoned Gold King Mine near Durango, Colorado. That leak sent about 3 million gallons of sludge into the rivers.