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B.J. Griffin: No gold mining at Idaho-Maryland Mine

As a resident whose property is bisected by South Wolf Creek, I write to express my vehement objection to approval of this gold mining operation.

Impacts to the creek would be severe due to the extensive dewatering. Riparian habitat, ground water, and wells along this beautiful and currently healthy creek would be immeasurably harmed in the near term and for generations to come. We are still monitoring Nevada County from the effects of mining operations of the 20th century.

The effect of the coronavirus on the real estate market has been the subject of numerous articles. Residents are fleeing the Bay Area and relocating to the foothills. Our county is attracting them because of its beauty, quality of life, recreational opportunities, art and culture, and, most importantly, our clean environment. These qualities would be denigrated by the existence of a mine operation that brings noise, air pollution, water pollution, heavy equipment traffic and use. Greenhouse gas emissions are estimated at 9,000 metric tons per year.

We are wisely spending millions on improving our broadband service, which will attract relocated technology workers and clean businesses to Nevada County. This is where Nevada County’s future lies. To allow this mine to be developed and operated is totally antithetical to the success of this endeavor to improve our technological capabilities.

I urge the county to take action to disallow the Idaho-Maryland mine. It threatens to severely and permanently damage South Wolf Creek and, by extension, the entire county. For the sake of those of us who live along this precious resource, South Wolf Creek, and all the residents of our wonderful paradise known as Nevada County, I implore you to stop this atrocity.

B.J. Griffin

Grass Valley


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