Bureau of Land Management seeks public input on Clyde Mine evaluation


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Dry hills with brush and an abandoned mine. Photo by Molly Nillson, BLM

UKIAH, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office welcomes public input on the proposed clean-up of the abandoned Clyde Mine in Colusa County. The proposed remediation, monitoring and maintenance was developed in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and is estimated to cost more than $1.4 million.

The Clyde Mine is one of 14 inactive mines within the Sulphur Creek Mining District, known for gold production in the late 1800s. The mine is located along a tributary of the Sulphur Creek, north of State Route 20, within the Indian Valley Management Area, a popular site for outdoor recreation.

The proposed plan recommends excavating mercury-impacted material, backfilling trenches, leveling terrain, laying a geo-fabric and soil cover over the site to direct surface water into natural channels to reduce runoff and reseeding with native plants.

More information about the proposed project is available at https://go.usa.gov/xsu7g.  Please submit written comments by Wednesday, Sept. 1, electronically to BLM_CA_UK_ClydeMine@blm.gov, via the project website, or by mail to the Ukiah Field Office, Attn: Clyde Mine Remediation, 2550 North State Street, Suite 2, Ukiah, CA  95482.  Hard copies of the draft project proposal are available at the Redbud Library in Clearlake, or by appointment during normal business hours at the BLM Ukiah Field Office.

Before including addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or other personal identifying information in a comment, be aware that the entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While someone may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.