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October 22, 2019 1:00 PM

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch: Oct 23rd – Oct 24th

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PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUTOFF WATCH: October 23rd – October 24th
PG&E has issued a Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 until Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 12:00 P.M...

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October 23, 2019 9:21 AM

If you are without internet when the power goes out, KNCO (830 AM) and KVMR (89.5 FM) will be broadcasting hourly updates (on the hour) about the Public Safety Power Shutoffs & Red Flag Warning.

October 7, 2019 7:03 PM

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs: Wednesday-Friday

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PG&E has issued a Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch for early morning Wednesday, October 9, 2019 until Thursday, October 10, 2019 afternoon affecting most of Nevada...

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October 11, 2019 2:57 PM

Environmental Health Update for Food Facility Owner/Operators: YOU ARE APPROVED TO OPEN IF:
1. Your facility had generator power and natural gas-powered hot water; and
2. All PHF foods were held less than 41ºF for refrigeration and 0ºF for frozen; and
3. ALL surfaces within your facility have been sanitized.

If #2 was not met: All meats, prepared foods and/or pre-cooked foods, cut vegetables, juices or other PHFs are to be discarded if in reach-in or walk-in refrigeration units.

Please contact the Nevada County Environmental Health Department if you were unable to meet items #1 through #3 at (530) 265-1222 option 3.

September 20, 2019 7:03 PM

No Swim Advisory for South Yuba River and Englebright Lake

The South Yuba River, from below the Town of Washington to Lake Englebright, currently appears to have high level of sediments of unknown origin suspended in the water creating potentially unsafe river conditions for all people and animals. The cause is...

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Latest Update:

October 2, 2019 6:06 PM

As the investigation into the South Yuba River plume continues, Environmental Health has received new test results confirming that the South Yuba River and Englebright Reservoir are safe for recreational use. The test results from all eight of the water sample locations show that there are no toxic metals or high levels of E.coli in the Yuba River and Englebright Reservoir.
“It does not appear that any cannabis cultivation or active mining on the Kilham Road property was the cause at this time,” said Nevada County Community Development Agency Director Sean Powers. “The investigation is complex and will take time."
Nevada County Code Compliance continues to investigate and work with the property owner on the alleged code violations. The property owner has been compliant and Code Compliance does not currently believe that the alleged violations are connected to the plume.
“The County takes this issue very seriously,” said County Executive Officer Alison Lehman. “Multiple local and state agencies are working diligently to identify the plume source and take any preventative actions needed.”
Officials have also been looking at adjacent parcels, including Bureau of Land Management public lands, to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the area and rule out other possible sources. Officials do know that mining has historically occurred in this area, with several exposed cliffs typically associated with hydraulic mining easily visible.
“As advocates for the Yuba River, we appreciate the County keeping us updated while they investigate the cause the plume,” said South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) Executive Director Melinda Booth. “While it appears that this is an isolated incident, SYRCL plans to conduct additional monitoring for E.coli throughout the year. We hope this will give us insight into the initially high levels of E.coli in this incident and what is happening in our watershed year-round.”
The investigation is a formal process and will take time. Weekly updates will continue to be posted at as more information becomes available. The County recognizes that the South Yuba River is a valued community resource and appreciates everyone’s patience as progress continues.