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State Mining and Geology Board will meet locally, visit Teichert plant

April 4, 2018 GMT

The California State Mining and Geology Board will be in Marysville next week to conduct a regular meeting and to visit the site of a planned project near the Teichert Aggregates Hallwood plant.

The project – the Hallwood Side Channel and Floodplain Restoration Project – will essentially restore and repair salmon habitat to about 1 mile of the lower Yuba River that is located directly adjacent to the Hallwood plant, said Jeffrey Schmidt, executive officer for the board.

“In December of 2017, the board granted an exemption for the Hallwood Plant restoration project. Following a meeting in the morning, we are planning on taking the board out to the site to get boots on the ground and to see what the exemption entails and why the board felt it was a good project,” Schmidt said.

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The stretch of river poses problems for salmon habitat, he said, because of the remnants of legacy gold mining.

Schmidt said the county, city and federal government are partnering on the project, which will likely begin sometime this year.

The State Mining and Geology Board’s regular meeting will be April 12 at 10 a.m. at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 Eighth St., Marysville.

A site visit will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Teichert Aggregates Hallwood Plant – 3331 Walnut Ave., Marysville.

Schmidt said the meeting is open to the public, and anyone interested in participating in the site visit is encouraged to do so, though transportation to the Hallwood plant will not be provided by the board.

The board serves as a regulatory, policy, and hearing body representing the state’s interests in geology, geologic, and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources, and reclamation of mining lands. It was established in 1885 and is the second oldest board in California.

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