November 4th – Informational meeting on legacy mining impacts in Nevada City

This meeting, to be held November 4, will feature regional experts presenting information to the public about impacts of historic mining pollution in our community.  Specific sites in Nevada County that will be covered include Hirschman’s Pond, the Deer Creek Tribute Trail bridge site and Lonesome Lake on the San Juan Ridge.  The meeting will also cover important new fish consumption advice that women under 45 and families with young children should be aware of.

This informational meeting, which is hosted by The Sierra Fund, will take place on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 North Pine Street in Nevada City. Light refreshments will be provided.


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Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) will be presenting the results of assessments in the Deer Creek Stocking Flat area, Hirschman’s Pond and the Lonesome Lake area on the San Juan Ridge. Stocking Flat is on BLM property just downstream of the existing Tribute Trail bridge. USGS recently completed an assessment of mine related contaminants left over from historic mining activities on these properties and  an evaluation of mercury levels in fish from Hirschman’s Pond.  USGS and local scientists will present the assessment results  for the first time in our community.

The Sierra Fund, a nonprofit based in Nevada City, has been working since 2006 to address the ongoing pollution from historic mining including research on public exposure pathways, and outreach to clinics and the general public.  Dr. Carrie Monohan will present Fish and Dust: Legacy Impacts from the Gold Rush, an overview of two studies The Sierra Fund completed to assess human exposure to heavy metals: the Gold County Angler Survey and the Gold County Recreational Trails Assessment.

Speakers will be available to answer questions about their studies, and how to avoid exposure to legacy mercury and other heavy metals related to historic mining in this area, including arsenic and lead.

This meeting is being hosted in conjunction with the Nevada County Public Health Department, Greater Champion Neighborhood Association, Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association, San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association, and the Yuba Watershed Institute.