MineWatch News Jan 21, 2021

Dear MineWatchers, Do you have plans this Saturday? Have you been looking for a movie on Friday night? Join us for this month’s workshop (and see a movie!)

Mining Gold Again in Nevada County? — Sat. Jan. 23 at 4pm


Join Nevada County leaders and conservation activists as they discuss the proposed reopening of Idaho Maryland Mine and offer actions you can take now to help prevent it. This proposal by a foreign corporation is the topic of the film, Rise Beyond Gold, which premiers in the "Local Love" film session. This Activist Center Workshop explores the impacts the community would face if Nevada County allows the mine to open. It offers insights from trusted community leaders, highlights ways to stay informed, and includes tips for influencing decision makers. Pascale Fusshoeller, esteemed editor of YubaNet and 21-year veteran of the Nevada County news scene, will moderate the panel featuring: • Jennifer Ekstrom, Filmmaker, Rise Beyond Gold • Ralph Silberstein, Community Environmental Advocates Foundation • Shelly Covert, Secretary, Community Outreach, and Spokesperson, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribal Council • Dr. Carrie Monohan, Program Director, The Sierra Fund Be sure to check out the film Rise Beyond Gold in the Film Festival’s "Local Love" session. You can watch it on Friday (or any time during the Festival) Film guide | Wild & Scenic Film Festival (eventive.org) Wondering when the public will see the environmental documents? Well, we have an update. According to recent conversations with the County, they are now reviewing revised technical documents. The County expects that the Draft Environmental Impact Report might be out in late Spring or early Summer. You can learn more about the public process and when to expect opportunities for the public to be involved with a short overview of the timeline here: CEQA Timeline for Idaho-Maryland Mine - CEA Foundation on Vimeo FUN FACTS: Did you know that a study to determine the vibrations from blasting was prepared? The analysis uses the standard of shock waves up to 0.4 inch per second as "an acceptable standard" because only 8% of the population will complain!

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