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Fall Update from the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association

posted Oct 8, 2020, 5:13 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Oct 8, 2020, 5:45 PM ]
by the Board of the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association

Dear Members and Friends—

We hope this finds you in good health and spirits—it’s been a challenging year for all. The SJRTA Board of Directors is writing to let you know that despite Covid-19, fires, power shut-offs and hazardous air quality, we’ve been holding monthly virtual board meetings and working on issues and plans to the extent possible.

At our September 7 Board meeting, we passed a motion opposing the re-opening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine and supporting the clean-up of the Centennial Site in Grass Valley, where contaminated tailings of previous workings of the Idaho-Maryland reside. The proposed mining project is on a massive scale that would severely disrupt the quality of life of surrounding residents and businesses and threaten the groundwater and wells of a large area. See details of the project at, and news and opinion pieces at

On August 7, SJRTA submitted extensive comments to the Nevada County Planning Department on the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Idaho-Maryland Mine Project. You can see our comment letter at

Although this project will not have direct impacts on the San Juan Ridge, it will impact our neighbors and businesses in Grass Valley. The SJRTA board opposes it on principle, in order to send a message to mining corporations and the county that these types of projects are a totally inappropriate land use in Nevada County (especially in populated areas), face opposition and should not be permitted. We hope our members agree, and invite your comments and feedback.

The Edwards Crossing bridge project continues to move forward. GPA Consulting contacted SJRTA to ask if we’d like to submit comments about the proposed project as it relates to historic properties. We notified local historian Hank Meals, who submitted a letter detailing some interesting history and illustrations of the bridge and location. Thank you, Hank! You can see GPA Consulting’s request for comments and Hank’s letter at

We’ve had to postpone events we’d hoped to produce this year until it’s safe to do so: a meeting of Firewise Communities, a prescribed fire workshop, and a “Ridge Summit” meeting of local organizations.

You’ll be hearing from us again later this year. Until then, we hope all will stay safe and that the rains will come early!


Sol Henson, Daniel Fink, Sara Greensfelder, Jeff Lauder, Badri Matlock, Rhea Williamson