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As part of the new Sierra Science Speaker Series, the Nevada County Campus welcomes Kyle Leach in a presentation titled: Cleaning up abandoned gold mines in the Sierra with EPA Brownfields Grant Funding. This presentation and discussion will be held on Tuesday evening, March 11, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12. Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6:00 pm.
Thousands of abandoned gold mines dot the Sierra Nevada Foothills landscape and the US EPA Brownfields Grant program has recently provided over a Million Dollars to investigate and clean up abandoned mines in Nevada City and Grass Valley. This talk will provide an overview of local mining history and the environmental problems it has caused and will then focus on the cleanup of two mine sites on Nevada City property using Brownfields Grant funding. The stiles Mill site, located along Deer Creek in downtown Nevada City, is scheduled to be cleaned up in the summer of 2014. Sierra Streams Institute is working with the US EPA and the State Department of Toxic Substances Control to transform these sites and provide safe community access.
This presentation is free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Parking is $3 on campus and can be purchased at the kiosk machine at the main entrance to the campus.