Flood waters sent arsenic-laced tailings downstream from the Lava Cap Mine outside Nevada City when a log dam partially collapsed during a major storm in 1997.
That pushed the area on to the federal Environmental Protection Agency “superfund site.”
On Wednesday, directors for the Grass Valley-based Nevada Irrigation District take up an agreement with the EPA for a 1.5 mile pipeline to serve 10 properties served by wells with arsenic contamination.
Tim Crough is assistant general manager with NID.
The federal government is paying for the pipeline to serve the land about four miles outside Nevada City. The Lava Cap Mine operated from 1861 to 1943 and took out gold and silver from the Sierra foothills. NID directors meet at 9 a.m. Wednesda at the district offices on West Main Street in Grass Valley.