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- Press Release: 250 Businesses reject idaho-maryland mine proposal
Opposition to the Idaho-Maryland Mine runs deep in Nevada County. 150 business leaders submitted a letter to the County Supervisors. In addition, nearly 100 business owners signed a petition, making a total of 250 businesses opposed to the re-opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. For Immediate Release: August 19, 2022 Contacts: Traci Sheehan Community Environmental Advocates Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org Businesses urge County Supervisors to reject Mine proposal 150 local business leaders sign on to a letter. 100 more sign via petition. Grass Valley, CA – 150 business leaders from Nevada County submitted a letter to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. The letter includes businesses located in downtown Grass Valley and from diverse sectors in the County including tourism, agriculture, and real estate. In addition, nearly 100 business owners also signed a petition to the Board of Supervisors, for a total of 250 businesses opposed to re-opening the mine. The long-shuttered Idaho Maryland Mine is proposed to be re-opened by Rise Gold Corp – a company headquartered in Canada. A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released in January. In response, many hundreds of comments were submitted by citizens to the County expressing serious concerns about the risks of the mine and the inadequacy of the report. The County Board of Supervisors could consider this issue as early as 2023 after a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is issued. The letter states: “Mining is our past, not our future. During the past 50 years, Nevada County has worked diligently to attract people and investments that contribute to and renew its economic vitality through promising and sustainable enterprises which align with the aspirations of its residents. That is what continues to make this County an attractive place to live, to make a living, and to start new business ventures.” Residents and businesses have expressed concerns about the potential economic impacts of the mine, including impact on tourism, property values, and tax revenue, and high-tech companies. Many businesses offered quotes expressing their opposition to the Mine. “This mine is on track to have a potentially significant impact on our regional flora and fauna, water quality, and even local culture,” stated Fable Coffee. “Rise Gold’s ethical practices are questionable; we simply do not know enough to say this is safe – but we know enough to say that this community is not ready to open Idaho-Maryland Mine. There are better, more innovative, and more regionally respectful ways to enhance our economy.” Nevada County’s agricultural sector is growing. With over 350 farms, tourists flock to farmers markets, and local farm-to-fork restaurants to experience fresh food grown by local farmers and prepared by local chefs. “Grass Valley and Nevada County are known for our local farms and businesses,” said Mike Pasner, Owner of Indian Springs Organic Farms. “We need to invest in our already existing sustainable businesses.” Nevada County was once the epicenter for gold mining. The big mines shut down in the 1950s, and mining is now less than ½% of the local economy. The County, particularly Grass Valley, is now considered a scenic and cultural destination. Residents contend that the few jobs that might be gained are offset by big risks to tourism, high-tech businesses, private wells, and 10’s of millions lost in property values. “Real estate values and the quality of life in Nevada County will suffer permanent and irreparable harm if the mine is allowed to operate,” stated Charles Brock, Real Estate Broker. “I have read the Draft EIR for this proposed project, and there are many unanswered and unmitigable issues which, in my opinion, will destroy the fabric of life as we know it in Nevada County.” The letter outlined key economic points and concerns, including: The County could do better by continuing to invest in existing industries and new enterprises that address current priorities in the Sierra, like watershed and forest management. Other industries can produce far better economic growth numbers than mining, including eight industries Nevada County already has today. An economic study commissioned by the City of Grass Valley during Emgold’s attempt to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine in 2008 concluded that Nevada County would be better off economically if it pursued other opportunities than mining. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released in January and while it is not required to include an analysis of the economic impacts, Nevada County has commissioned an independent economic impact report. The letter also urged the County to include consideration of a non-Mine alternative in their Economic Study. Because the DEIR will most likely have to be recirculated, the study is expected to be released after potential changes in the project description have been assessed. The public can view pictures of several businesses opposed to the Mine on the website www.MineWatchNC.org or on the MineWatchNC Instagram account at minewatchnc. For more information about the potential re-opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine visit: www.MineWatchNC.org *** About CEA Foundation: Community Environmental Advocates Foundation (CEA Foundation) performs research, education, and advocacy to promote responsible land use and environmental protection policies in Nevada County. www.cea-nc.org/ CEA Foundation is the sponsor of MineWatch, a campaign that brings together a coalition of nonprofit organizations, residents, and businesses opposed to the mine. www.MineWatchNC.org
- CONTROVERSY - RISE GOLD "STUFFING THE BALLOT BOX"
During the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report, Rise Gold submitted 1,600 reply cards and form letters as “comments” that simply declared support for the mine without following County guidelines to focus comments only on the adequacy of the report. This included over 500 duplicates and multiple spoofed names. In late June, they used those numbers to create a press release claiming that the majority of residents support the mine. By contrast, MineWatch opposition leaders delivered over 5,500 petition signature and 1,500 personalized opposition comments on July 12th, 2022. The Union covered it lightly in Panning for support over mine; Rise Gold and advocates spar over level of opposition, but three opinion pieces published on July 20th tell the rest of the story in all its ugly detail. They are included below in their entirety. Scroll past the picture for easy reading. Christy Hubbard: Rise Gold resorts to stuffing the ballot box July 19, 2022 Originally published in The Union Let’s face it, we’re all growing deeply weary of Rise Gold’s misrepresentations when it comes to talking about the proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Last year, there was the widely criticized, heavily manipulated survey that concluded the majority of residents support the mine. Early this year, their glossy mailer proclaimed that the mine was going to be “green” while happily ignoring the huge energy use and greenhouse gas emissions they’ll be generating. Even more alarming were their assertions that “The county has determined” that the project is safe … trying to fool people into believing that a draft environmental report was the final word on the subject. Recently, they hit a new low with their press release claiming the majority of the comments on the environmental report “supported” the mine. Come again? Are they serious? I distinctly remember sitting in the Planning Commission meeting and being told that this was not the forum for “for” or “against” comments, but that we should focus our comments on the adequacy of the draft report itself. But no. Rise Gold needed a press sound byte so badly, they decided to submit 1,600 reply cards and form letters that simply declared support for the mine. This is akin to stuffing a ballot box because people on the other side of the fight weren’t even using the environmental report comments to cast votes. As it turns out, over 500 of them were duplicates, making the real count more like 1,100. Then adding insult to injury, some of the listings seemed to be spoofed because they included several names of known MineWatch activists who oppose the mine and deny ever authorizing Rise to share their names. What was the rest of the community doing in the meantime? Wait for it … They were playing by the rules. Several nonprofits and impacted agencies like NID and the City of Grass Valley submitted comments to the County, as did many hundreds of individual citizens, creating a total of over a thousand legitimate comments. Now comes the part where Rise Gold uses simple math to create the illusion of a “win.” They divided their 1,600 into the total of some 2,850 comments to create a talking point with a claim that 59% are in favor of the mine. Pretty slick, huh? OK. Perhaps they can fool their investors. But they are not fooling us. The fact is that far more people in this county oppose this mine than support it. CEA Foundation/ MineWatch volunteers made that abundantly clear at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 12. CEA Foundation President Ralph Silberstein, delivered over 5,500 petition signatures which, included 1,500 unique and personalized comments to the supervisors, all expressing opposition to the mine. These petitions were gathered in person and online. The paper petitions were collected with the help of over 100 trusted volunteers who reported that encounters with actual mine supporters were very rare. The online petitions used a well-known security tool called reCAPTCHA to reduce the risk of compromise by automated bots. The original count had been well over 6,500, but volunteers took the time to remove duplicates so the county could receive an honest count of voices against the mine; 4,714 of the signatures were from Nevada County residents, with the remainder from nearby counties, visitors, and others. But that’s not the only proof. ∎ This community delivered a powerful presence when the planning commission meeting hosted the comment meeting for the environmental report in March. Almost 500 people were in attendance. Of the 101 who took tickets to speak, only one spoke in support of the mine. ∎ Of the 168 opinion pieces that have been published in The Union newspaper about the mine, only eight of them were pro-mine. That’s 95% opposed. ∎ MineWatch social media groups are over 2,500 members strong. ∎ “No Mine” signs abound on residents’ lawns, with nary a pro-mine sign to be found. Let’s put this debate to bed, shall we? Despite Rise Gold’s claims to the contrary, the people of Nevada County are overwhelmingly rejecting the proposed re-opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. If you are as outraged by Rise Gold’s behavior in this as I am, please send a letter to your supervisor. Mining is a toxic, risky business that relies on companies to self-report most compliance measures. Ethics matter. Learn how at http://www.MineWatchNC.org/take-action. Christy Hubbard is a Grass Valley homeowner, a volunteer with Community Environmental Advocates Foundation, and a leader in the MineWatch campaign. Guarionex and Sharon Delgado: We never supported Rise Gold; why do they list us as so? July 19, 2022 Originally published in The Union. Earth Justice Ministries is a local interfaith nonprofit organization that we founded with other clergy and laity almost 30 years ago. We have made clear our unwavering opposition to the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine, as individuals and as an organization. We have circulated petitions, written op-eds, spoken at public forums, sent letters to public officials, and submitted comments on the draft environmental impact report to the Board of Supervisors on the dangers we see posed by the mine. We know that many other community members have done the same. With all the public opposition to the mine, when we read Rise Gold’s recent press release stating that most of draft impact report comments sent to the Board of Supervisors showed support for the mine (1,600 out of 2,850), something seemed very wrong. It just didn’t add up. For one thing, that’s not the point of the draft environmental impact report. Rise Gold is misusing the process as a public relations campaign. The point is not to count how many people support or oppose the mine, but to comment on impacts of the project. Rise Gold is treating the comments like a poll or survey by tallying up pre-written, postage-paid postcards and electronic form letters supporting the mine. They did not even check for duplications. It was the hard-working MineWatch volunteers who looked closely at the names and discovered that over 500 were duplicates. Also, the names of several so-called mine “supporters” were actually MineWatch volunteers, like us! How could that be? We were shocked to discover that our names were listed as having emailed comments to the Board of Supervisors in support of the reopening of the mine, not just once, but three times! When we saw the actual emails that had been falsely submitted in our names, all three were identical. Each email was just one sentence that said, “I support the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine,” with our names pasted electronically on all three. Strangely, although our actual email address was listed, the only return email address we could identify was Sharon and Guari Delgado . The same thing happened to Holly Rose, who had five emails sent in her name, identical to the ones sent in our names, also from this third party. We know that this also happened to other people, and that these false emails were part of what Rise Gold claimed were legitimate comments on the report. Without Minewatch oversight, we wouldn’t have known. Jarryd Gonzales, the spokesperson for Rise Gold, did not explain this behavior but rather made the vague claim that “an email was sent to the county whenever someone visited the (Rise Gold) project website and completed a support form.” Neither of us ever completed such a form, and we can’t imagine other Minewatch volunteers doing so either. Gonzales also claimed that “there are more duplicates on the side of CEA (Community Environmental Advocates) or Minewatch.” This is false. Minewatch did not send out pre-written cards or form letters for volunteers to submit to indicate their side by stating their opposition to the mine, but rather encouraged volunteers to follow the draft environmental impact report process by studying the impacts of the mine and making their own comments. In other words, the Minewatch Coalition followed the rules of the draft environmental impact report process. Now, appropriately, Minewatch is making public the names of people who have taken a stand in opposition to the mine by submitting petitions to the Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, July 12, the Minewatch Coalition turned in petitions that included 5,550 names (with no duplications) of people who oppose the reopening of the mine. Volunteers did the hard work of not only circulating petitions, but also removing duplications. From where we stand, we see these petitions as an honest measure of where most Nevada County residents stand on the mine. Guarionex and Sharon Delgado live in Nevada City. Holly Rose: Where did they get my name as a ‘supporter’? July 19, 2022 Originally published in The Union. Alan Riquelmy has a clever headline for his July 12 article: “Panning for support for the mine; Rise Gold and advocates spar over level of opposition to plans to reopen Idaho-Maryland.” But there are errors and omissions. “Other mine opponents claimed their email addresses had been used to submit comments in favor of the mine.” “‘Not just once,’ said Sharon Delgado, ‘but three times.’” I’m not “claiming” they used my information. They did. I presented five actual emails to each supervisor at the meeting. I believe they were also provided to Alan prior to the meeting. There are many people that Rise is claiming supports them, not just Sharon Delgado and myself, that are documented signers of the no mine petitions. MineWatch has the exact number — nine, I believe they said, each probably having more than one entry. I would think mine supporters would want to follow up that they don’t have fraudulent support letters/comments. They can check with MineWatchNC. Jarryd Gonzales, spokesman for the Idaho-Maryland Mine project, said duplicate comments exist on both sides of the mine issue. Those numbers were taken from the county,” he added, noting that 56% of the comments favored the mine. “What you’ll find is there are more duplicates on the side of CEA or MineWatch.” Concerning opponents’ emails being used in support of the mine, Gonzales said an email was sent to the county whenever someone visited the project website and completed a support form. Documentation shows Rise’s numbers should be the only ones in question. I guarantee I never completed a support form and Rise’s numbers still include their duplicates and fictitious emails, not MineWatch’s. With everything presented at the meeting, how did Alan get it so backwards? MineWatch has meticulously gone through and deleted all duplicates so their numbers are accurate. That was stated at the meeting and specifically told to Alan, I believe. Rise’s July 29 press release says it has 59% support. The article states Mr. Gonzales is now claiming 56%. Is Rise actually changing their numbers or was that a typo? I was relieved to let the Board of Supervisors know what Rise is up to and was told The Union reporter was going to cover it. People need to know that our email information and addresses are being fraudulently used in Rise’s numbers and we have no idea how many are fake. They somehow have my residence address, which I don’t give out, except for voter registration. It’s not rocket science to figure out that support numbers Rise claims are incorrect. Holly Rose lives in Grass Valley.
- Stop The Idaho-Maryland Mine | MineWatch Nevada County
Mining is our Past. Not Our Future. Subscribe to eNews Protect our air, water, and quality of life. Stop the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Rise Grass Valley, a junior mining company with a questionable background, wants to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Grass Valley, CA. Register for the webinar! MINING 101 Underground Mining and Impacts to our Environment September 29, 6pm Register Now why stop the mine? Residents and businesses from all walks of life know that p utting a toxic business in the middle of our beautiful community today is a really bad idea. The community's review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) in April of 2022 revealed significant issues and we're currently waiting to see a revised report. Nevada County Supervisors could make a decision as early as 2023. Here are our 8 top reasons . "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed." -Mahatma Ghandi Risks our Health SHOULDN'T TRUST RISE GOLD Pollutes our Air HURTS LOCALS Drains our Water WRECKS NEIGHBORHOODS Devours Power & HURTS Climate dumps mine waste Learn More Watch the presentation Take Action Follow us online 1. 2. 3. Read an email or two a month to keep up with the latest project news and learn about volunteer opportunities. We won't share your info. Write a letter to your supervisor. Your comments to the Nevada County Board of Supervisors (BOS) can make a huge difference. Learn how. Show your opposition. Send an email to request a Yard sign | Pin Donate - make a tax-deductible donation to help fund research, community education, and legal fees. Get a free pin Tell us where to send it Get a yard sign Please tell us your address $10 donation recommended Subscribe to eNews 4. Donate businesses ARE against the mine Businesses against the mine FEATURED news Press Release: 250 Businesses reject idaho-maryland mine proposal Opposition to the Idaho-Maryland Mine runs deep in Nevada County. 150 business leaders submitted a letter to the County Supervisors. In... CONTROVERSY - RISE GOLD "STUFFING THE BALLOT BOX" During the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report, Rise Gold submitted 1,600 reply cards and form letters as “comments”... A new gold rush pits money and jobs against California’s environment Companies are seeking to open old mines and explore in new sensitive regions, amid resistance from Californians who want the Gold Rush to... ★ Community and Local Agencies find massive flaws in Idaho-Maryland Mine DEIR Residents of Nevada County and local government agencies were shocked at the inadequacy of the 1000+ page Draft Environmental Impact... Press Release: Community Submits Petition Signatures Opposing Gold Mine Over 5,500 signatures From Nevada County residents and others were collected online and in person by an army of volunteers... showing... A California gold mine’s toxic legacy: Inside the fight over reopening a treasure trove For five years Rise Grass Valley has been trying to get a permit, but the people of Grass Valley are overwhelmingly rejecting the mine.... The Union | Don Rogers: Mine’s main ore is risk Want to know where things stand in the proposal to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine? The Union's newspaper's publisher sums it up. Don... ★ Greenhouse Gas Emissions Threshold - The Case For 'Net Zero' CEA Foundation President, Ralph Silberstein explains why GHG thresholds set in the draft environmental report are no longer relevant. To... ★ ‘Hung out to dry’: Well owners contend with Idaho-Maryland Mine report’s finding Want to know why people are so worried about impacts to wells and groundwater? This Union article is a must-read. By Shira Moolten Eric... Idaho-Maryland Mine Mineral Rights Map Wondering where the Mine is? Are the mineral rights under your feet? Check out these helpful maps. General map Parcels in the vicinity of... ★ Rise Gold Shouldn’t Be Trusted. Here’s Why. Rise Gold CEO Ben Mossman's prior company polluted tribal waters, went bankrupt, and left Canadians with a bill to pay. Mossman is... ★ Rise Gold Investors Beware: Idaho-Maryland Mine Unlikely Before 2034 Investors often think gold is a safer choice, but even if the stars align, it's unlikely Rise Gold could process their first ounce before... READY TO LEARN MORE? BROWSE our library. Play Video Play Video 02:16:31 No Mine Concert - Nevada City The community continues to stand strong against the proposal to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Nevada County California. We come together for a concert and picnic to celebrate our resolve, to educate and inspire those who have not joined the opposition yet. CEA Foundation (Community Environmental Advocates), leads the charge in thwarting this bid to grab gold and risk everything from water to clean air. Learn more at www.MineWatchNC.org This free concert was held on July 31, 2022, organized by the Concerned Citizens Roundtable and co-sponsored by CEA Foundation. Play Video Play Video 03:07 Geoff Eido - Wells Run Dry (Official Music Video 2022) Geoff Eido official music video for "Wells Run Dry" ➡️ Get this song: https://songwhip.com/geoffeido/wells-run-dry 🔔 Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Uy50Mafr9Jx0fvHXsPhbQ 🚨 Follow Geoff Eido: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geoffeido Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeoffEido LYRICS -- CHORUS Wells run dry and the people are thirsty Wells run dry and the people awake… You might say your mining claim is what everybody needs Beneath your lying promises is the heart of your greed We won’t let you slip it into the ground beneath our feet Rape our land of treasures that our people sorely need CHORUS Won’t you please do us the decency of not pretending like you care While you fill our space with toxic waste and contaminate our air Rivers have no memory of poison in their veins We will fight for every drop til you abandon all your claims CHORUS It’s time to put the planet back to the place where it belongs The sacred, righteous architect of each and every song Take dominion, exploitation, and greed without remorse Bring harmony and dignity and honoring our source CHORUS -- ✍️ Sign the Petition: Wells Run Dry is inspired by the attempt of a Canadian company to reopen a mine in Grass Valley, California. You can help fight this by signing the petition against it here: https://www.minewatchnc.org/petition 🗒 The effect of this mine would be a massive increase in cancer risk, toxic waste, air pollution, noise pollution, river pollution and the dewatering of many of our neighbors wells. this song is an anthem for the earth and a declaration that THIS WILL NOT PASS! 🎤About Geoff Eido: Geoff Eido is a singer, songwriter, and activist. His passionate spirit inspires maverick music for the masses. The musical expression of Geoff Eido weaves wisdom, laughter, and even rage. Acting as an entertaining antidote to the distortions of our modern society. #GeoffEido #WellsRunDry #OfficialMusicVideo2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4W08pYKmmw Play Video Play Video 02:54 Anti Idaho Maryland Mine for planning Commission Play Video Play Video 13:11 Rise Beyond Gold Documentary film about reopening the mine - featured at Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021. This community faces a foreign-headquartered company that would mine gold under its feet and leave behind a toxic legacy. Questions are raised about why we desire gold, and ultimately, is it worth it? Bonus content: - Questions & fact clarifications - https://www.cea-nc.org/the-idaho-maryland-mine/review-of-the-film-rise-beyond-gold/ - SYRCL Workshop including panelist Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribal Council - https://youtu.be/Kw-NF85XlYo Play Video Play Video 00:50 How To Help Stop The Mine Even small actions make a BIG difference. Listen to MineWatch volunteer Dr. Hazel-Grace Yates talk about why she thinks its important to take action. Play Video Play Video 12:02 Water For Gold A cautionary tale. This nearby mine shut down in the mid-90's after draining resident's wells. Play Video Play Video 03:21 Native Wildlife at Risk Rise Gold's wildlife assessment didn't find any deer, but their neighbor's trail cam tells a different story. Read more at https://www.minewatchnc.org/post/mike-shea-too-good-to-be-true Rise Gold's biological assessment report on the 129 acre Brunswick site says they "did not record any observation of deer," but their next door neighbor, Mike Shea, calls them out on their absurd claim and talks about how privately-funded reports can easily distort science. Play Video Play Video 08:53 83 Negative Impacts. Oh My! Nevada County is evaluating the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed Idaho-Maryland Mine. Listen to what KVMR Radio Host, Martin Webb has to say about it. See more videos become a minewatcher Sign up for our newsletter to get updates and meeting invitations. Subscribe
- Sign Business Letter | MineWatchNC.org
SIGN Business letter Join the hundreds of business owners who have voiced their opposition to the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Send us an email with your permission to add your signature to the letter below and we'll send it to the Nevada County Supervisors . Registered businesses located in Nevada County only please. Nevada County Board of Supervisors 950 Maidu Avenue Nevada City, CA 95959-8617 email@example.com RE: Businesses OPPOSE Rise Gold’s proposal to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine Dear Supervisors: The undersigned businesses respectfully request that you oppose Rise Gold’s proposal to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Mining is our past, not our future. During the past 50 years, Nevada County has worked diligently to attract people and investments that contribute to and renew its economic vitality through promising and sustainable enterprises which align with the aspirations of its residents. That is what continues to make this County an attractive place to live, to make a living, and to start new business ventures. Reopening the mine risks a transformation from a community that is a scenic and cultural destination to an industrial town that tolerates excess noise, dust, and truck traffic. It would entail supporting a business that puts precious water resources at risk, generates significant greenhouse gases, and consumes so much energy that it would completely erase the county’s plan to reduce the effects of climate change. The mine could become a deterrent for many seeking to build new business opportunities in Western Nevada County, resulting in reduced community investment and property values. We welcome the County's call for an independent economic study of the impacts of the proposed mine and expect that it will include a non-mine alternative. Rise Gold’s promises to inject money into the local economy may sound attractive, but Nevada County can do better by continuing to invest in existing industries as well as new enterprises that address current priorities in the Sierra like watershed and forest management. The Economic Policy Institute Brief cited by Rise Gold actually shows that other industries can produce far better job numbers than mining, including eight industries Nevada County already has today. An economic study commissioned by the City of Grass Valley during Emgold’s attempt to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine in 2008 concluded that Nevada County would be better off economically if it pursued other opportunities than mining. An industrial gold mine would not be a constructive addition to our community. The social and economic benefits are far from clear. The environmental impacts are sobering. We urge you to protect our health, economy, and quality of life. Please deny Rise Gold’s application to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Send us an email with the following information. Registered businesses located in Nevada County only please. Business Owner Name Company Name Street Address, City, State, Zip Code Logo (optional) Interested in "going big" with your opposition? Let us know if you'd like us to feature your business on social media. Check it out on Instagram or Facebook. become a minewatcher Join our newsletter for updates and monthly meeting invitations. Subscribe
- About Us | MineWatch Nevada County
About us MineWatch Nevada County is a community campaign to oppose the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Our mission is to share community perspectives and research in a single place, and act as a centralized hub to help people learn and take action. We are residents, businesses, and nonprofits who are impacted by the proposed mining operations. Each of us has a unique strength: Researchers identify impacts Advocates talk with government decision-makers Legal minds collaborate and take action with environmental lawyers Educators help citizens take action This site brings together two types of content: Research-driven perspectives Core web content is accuracy-checked and reviewed by the research team at CEA Foundation, whose mission is to bring fact-based information to the community. Community perspectives The library contains a collection of articles, presentations, and opinion pieces authored by CEA, coalition members, community residents, and others. This site brings the best of all of us together to STOP THE MINE. Donate Minewatch is a grassroots effort funded by donations and grants. The MineWatch campaign is brought to you by the Community Environmental Advocates Foundation , a nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with residents, businesses, and other nonprofits to provide analysis and advocacy on issues that impact our community. Coalition members include Sierra Club, Sierra Fund, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, San Juan Ridge Taxpayers’ Association, the South Yuba River Citizens League, and many others shown below. The goal is to provide fact-based information to the community so we can all make informed decisions. We are always open to fact-checks. Your tax-deductible contribution helps with research, community education, and legal fees. CEA Foundation has hired the highly respected environmental law firm, Shute, Mihaly, and Weinberger, to assist with this effort. stand with us "Once again, a junior mining company wants to re-open the mine. We beat EmGold in the past. Together, we can beat this one too." Ralph Silberstein, President, CEA Foundation become a minewatcher Join our newsletter for updates and monthly meeting invitations. Subscribe