Questions answered |

Questions answered

In a letter published on Feb. 25, two questions were asked about the Idaho-Maryland Mining Corporation’s plan to dewater the mine by pumping into Wolf Creek. We would like to answer those questions briefly here and invite any and all other questions about the proposed project at any time.

To the question “Is this around-the-clock pumping?” the answer is yes, except during periods of heavy rainfall.

To the question “Can Wolf Creek handle that amount of water without flooding?” the answer is also yes.

In 1995, Nevada County did an environmental impact report on dewatering the mine. In the report, the impacts of the quantity of water discharged and Wolf Creek’s ability to accommodate the extra flow without erosion and flooding are addressed. (These are public documents and will also be available on our web site soon.) The key points are: 1) the water treatment system proposed in the application includes a controllable release valve; 2) water levels in the creek will be continually monitored against the ultimate volume capacity as determined by an independent engineering study; and 3) outflow into Wolf Creek will be reduced or stopped as dictated by the monitoring data.

Ross Guenther


Idaho-Maryland Mining Corp.

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