Another project to help remediate damage caused by hydraulic mining in Nevada County over a century ago. The Tahoe National Forest and Yuba River Ranger District are receiving funds from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Program Analyst, Julie Griffith-Flatter says the project will be focused on two sites.
Griffith-Flatter says the wood chips are coming from the Scotts Flat Lake and Highway 20 fuel reduction project .
Mercury contamination is a by-product of hydraulic mining, and with degraded ground exposed to the elements, contamination moves easily through the environment.
The Wood Chip Hydraulic Mine Site Reclamation Project is a pilot project and benefits from the fuel reduction project. The two projects are relatively close together.
The project is funded a total of 176,853 dollars to be spent over the next three years.