‘Without water, my property is worthless:’ Well owners want protection from Rise Gold Grass Valley

Christy Hubbard from Grass Valley began the public comments urging the BOS to collect a minimum of three years of baseline data on domestic wells: “Even though there are over 300 properties with wells within 1000 feet of the mine’s mineral rights area, the DEIR did not provide current monitoring data from these domestic wells.”

Well owners and community organizations urged the Nevada County Board of Supervisors (BOS) to implement better safegaurds to protect residents’ domestic wells at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

Members of the Wells Coalition spoke about the need for baseline data required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) before Rise Gold Corporation’s proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland mine continues.

‘Without water, my property is worthless:’ Well owners want protection from Rise Gold Grass Valley

Tony Lauria from Grass Valley described a catastrophic event in the real possibility that well owners may experience: “You wake up and discover all the pressure is gone from the faucets...Oh my god! Without water, my property is worthless...Where is the protection from my county?”

‘Without water, my property is worthless:’ Well owners want protection from Rise Gold Grass Valley

Sol Henson, a consultant to Wells Coalition, described some history on past impacts at the Siskon Gold mine in 1995, and suggested that the county learn from past mistakes: “It is unclear why the current Rise Gold effort to permit the IMM lacks a monitoring plan that would form a baseline for water quality and quantity of domestic wells in the surrounding area.”

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