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February 2022 BPWNC Newsletter

Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 6 p.m.


If you need help with Zoom, call Susan Rogers, (530) 271-1311

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JOIN BPWNC to Learn About
'The Idaho Maryland Mine'

At this virtual meeting you will learn about the environmental and community impacts connected to the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine.
Rise Gold, a 15-year old mining company with questionable experience, proposes to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Grass Valley.  The Nevada County Board of Supervisors just released the Draft Environmental Impact Report with decisions expected in 2022.  Come hear what is at stake.  
In this session you will learn about:

  • The community's key concerns including the impacts on our health, quality of life, and economy.
  • The latest updates on what is next in the approval process. 
  • What you can do to help stop the mine 

We will give a 20-minute presentation, followed by Q & A. We will also talk about the latest updates in the CEQA process and give you resources to learn more. In addition, you will find out about all the activities we have scheduled and more tools to make it easy for you voice your opinion to the Nevada County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Presenters Josie Crawford and Barbara Rivenes:

Josie Crawford is a biologist /botanist and the Executive Director of the Wolf Creek Community Alliance. She began volunteering as a water quality monitor with the group in late 2005 and was hired as staff in 2016. Prior to working for WCCA, she was the statewide Education Program Director with of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), in Sacramento. Through her job, Josie sees the legacy repercussions of gold mining in the watershed every day and is more than concerned about what this mine could do to our community.

Barbara Rivenes is a representative of the Motherlode Chapter of the Sierra Club and sits on the Board of the Community Environmental Advocates Foundation.  Barbara has worked with many local groups including the Nevada County Fire Safe Council, the South Yuba River Citizens League and the Climate Change Coalition.  Barbara resides in Grass Valley with her husband, Don.

Tomorrow, February 10th, you will receive an email that will include a flyer that you can use to electronically invite your friends and family to this important program about the Idaho Maryland Mine.

by Lynn Wenzel

Even though we live in an area famous for gold mining, who among us has ever really thought about what the impacts of mining really were? As Rise Gold mining company intends to mine gold again in Grass Valley, Business & Professional Women of Nevada County (BPWNC) is presenting a program on the projected impacts of such activity. The community’s key concerns include impacts on health, quality of life and the economy.

For example, what about noise and air pollution caused by large trucks? According to project plans submitted by Rise, haul trucks will be a familiar sight on Grass Valley roads for the next 20 years. “These companies come along and want us to not notice they’re going to have a huge amount of mine-waste rock,” says Elizabeth Martin, retired CEO of the Sierra Fund. Rise’s draft environmental impact report (DEIR) says the plan will result in about 182,500 tons of material produced per year that will need to be transported and used as fill. As an example, a large dump truck can carry about 14 tons. “Multiply that by more than 10,000 and the visual is beyond most people’s imagination.” Says Martin. What does this mean for us? Thirteen-million, thirty-five thousand, seven-hundred and fourteen trips!

Maybe you’re not worried about the impact on roads or the environment. But have you thought about the effects on water? Your well if you are close to the mine? Dewatering, which can cause nearby homes, businesses and schools to lose water during the reopening of the mine, happened with the Siskon Mine in the 1990s. Rise has promised to replace the water lost to individuals. What would that mean—water bottles? NID? Do you want that?

Does noise or vibration bother you? Rise promises it will be “less than significant.” One woman’s “less than” is another’s nightmare. According to the California Environmental Quality Act, some areas will see increases of up to 2.6 dB. A 3 dB is about the smallest change in volume that most people hear easily. Are you concerned about your property values? A recent study found that rock mining operations significantly decrease property values within a 10-mile radius. What about traffic delays? Do you care about that?

And what about mine waste? Will arsenic and heavy metals stay put in the paste-backfill material Rise plans to use over the long run? What happens in the future when the mine closes and the pumps shut down? Groundwater will then flow in the backfilled tunnels. Low levels of leaching, especially when it rains, can continue for years, potentially contaminating drinking water or nearby rivers and streams.


Let’s look at what we and our allies accomplished in 2021, passing laws benefiting women in California. And let’s look at the landscape for 2022.
To recap our main legislative victories in 2021, we put the following laws on the books, some as budget provisions:
  • Improving access to telehealth for reproductive healthcare (AB 32)
  • Providing supplemental paid sick leave related to COVID-19 (AB 84/SB 95)
  • Extending higher wage replacement rates for paid sick leave (AB 123)(VETOED)
  • Providing supplemental assistance payments for pregnant foster youth, to improve pregnancy outcomes and infant health (AB 366)
  • Making free menstrual products available in public schools and colleges (AB 367)
  • Compensating survivors of state-coerced involuntary sterilization (AB 1007)
  • Addressing high infant and maternal death rates and disparities in maternal and child health with evidence-based solutions (SB 65); and
  • ddressing alarming rates of STDs in (SB 306).
For 2022, we will be continuing to advocate for bills introduced last year that may still be enacted.  They include a bill to eliminate cost-sharing for abortion service (SB 245) and a bill to expand contraceptive benefits and insurance coverage (SB 523).
A new major focus area for this year will be addressing the increased need for abortion services for women living in states that ban or restrict abortion care.  The California Legislative Women’s Caucus recently announced its commitment to introducing at least eight bills to implement the recommendations of the Future of Abortion Council. We will also continue working on improving parental and family leave, including extending further supplemental paid sick leave related to COVID.  (New bills will need to be introduced by February 18.)
We will also be tracking Supreme court decisions that threaten rights to abortion access under Roe v. Wade. At our January general membership meeting, Sofia Pedroza, from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California laid out in stark detail just how tenuous those rights are.
Thanks for your interest in our advocacy program and how public policy affects us as women.

Elaine Sierra, Advocacy Chair 
Club Business
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~ Membership, Deb Armanino 415-786-1160
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Mission Statement
The mission of the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County
is to support and promote equity for women in all aspects of their lives.
~To promote personal and professional development for working women.
~To advocate on National, State, and Local legislative issues of importance
to working women.
~To support the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
~To promote the education of our members and the community in matters of women's equality as it relates to economics, employment, health, education, housing, civil rights, and other issues of equal opportunity.
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