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15th Annual Yuba River Cleanup

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Volunteers needed for the 15th Annual Yuba River Cleanup.

  • 9:00am to noon, cleanup and restoration
  • noon to 3:30pm, volunteer appreciation celebration

Bridgeport parking fees imminent

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The sign is up, loosely hidden with a black plastic bag, and the metal box for posting payment envelopes has been installed.

The sign itself is incomplete with some details missing, like how much it will be to park at Bridgeport, in the South Yuba River State Park.

No parking signs have been erected all along the road, so the advent of parking fees at this popular tourist attraction and swimming hole are imminent.

Don’t be surprised if next time you go to Bridgeport you find that parking is not as easy as it used to be (cars used to line the road when the parking lot was full) and that if you find a parking space, you have to pay for your visit.

Fast, cold, swollen South Yuba River

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

NOAA have been warning about the warm temperatures melting the snow leading to increased run off, swollen rivers, and cold water temperatures.

On Saturday the South Yuba river at Bridgeport was definitely deeper, faster and colder than is normal at this time of year.

South Yuba River at Bridgeport

South Yuba River at Bridgeport

Although the air temperature was warm only a few hardy souls braved the icy waters, and those that did soon returned to the limited beach area.

Empire Mine Magenta Drain Project

Monday, June 6th, 2011

As part of the Magenta Drain clean up project the Empire Mine State Park is constructing a Passive Water Treatment System to remove the pollutants from Magenta Drain.

Instead of constructing a regular water treatment facility with buildings and holding tanks this passive system will be a series of ponds and wetlands that will remove the metals and contaminants from the water.

The polluted water from Magenta Drain will be extracted from the water course, be pumped up to the wetlands, flow through the facility, and then be returned to the water course just below the extraction point.

At the current time the construction site is an unwelcome addition to what is usually a pleasant drive through the Empire Mine State Park, but the end result should be worth it. It’ll also be nice to remove the polluted water that currently flows through Memorial Park in Grass Valley.

Grass Valley Fall Color

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Fall color has arrived in Grass Valley, and in the case of some trees, the color has been and gone!

Walking around the Hennessy and Empire Manor neighborhoods on Saturday October 9th there were trees just beginning to turn, some completely turned, and some that were already shedding their colorful leaves.