In 2015 the San Juan River was polluted with over three million gallons of toxic mine-waste. This environmental disaster took place near Silverton, Colorado, at the abandoned Gold King Mine when an EPA cleanup crew punctured a hole in the mountain with a backhoe where the waste was being stored. The cascade of toxic waste spilled directly into the Animas River, and eventually met the San Juan River. Both of these rivers are vital resources for communities throughout the arid Southwest region, but particularly for Native lands. In the years since, little has been done to reverse these impacts, and much of these metals still line the river bottom.
Bryson grew a pair of "remediation shoes" to be worn enacting a mycoremediation process called biosorption. In this process, fungal mycelium can immobilize heavy metals within their biomass by merely coming into contact with heavy metals. The mycelium essentially acts as a magnet – binding immediately with the metals. Though the project is still in prototype form, Bryson hopes to grow multiple pairs of shoes so that as a community, toxic cleanup matters can be taken into our own feet.