San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association opposes reopening the San Juan Ridge Mine.

Our research and experience lead us to believe that the San Juan Ridge Mine will contaminate our wells, take our water, and impact our environment and economy- please read Why we oppose the mine.


Save_big_treesErickson Woodworking Sponsors “Save the Big Trees of the ‘Inimim Forest Volunteer Workday

  • When: November 15, 2014, 9 AM to 3 PM, rain or shine. A picnic lunch will be provided.
  • Where: Meet at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge

The SJRTA proudly supports San Juan Ridge based organizations doing great work. The Yuba Watershed Institute has long been a voice for sustainable forest management practices in partnership with the BLM. Hope to see you there!

Erickson Woodworking is sponsoring the Yuba Watershed Institute’s annual “Save the Big Trees of the ‘Inimim Forest” volunteer workday this year. This event is a chance to get out into the woods and work together as a community to do fire protection around some beautiful, old-growth trees on the San Juan Ridge. Afterwards, there will be a picnic lunch at the Erickson Woodworking shop, followed by an optional tour of the facilities where local, sustainably harvested hardwoods are processed into luxury furniture.

This event is a special collaboration with the BLM, with additional support from Sierra Streams Institute, South Yuba River Citizens League, Wolf Creek Community Alliance, San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association, and the Fire Access Road Association.

Please RSVP to Tom Van Wagner,


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The powerful 35-minute documentary, Water for Gold from Tom and Debra Weistar on Vimeo is now available for viewing online.


  • Update on SJR Mine and Surrounding Community: On October 4th, The Union covered the SJR Mine and how the surrounding community and businesses feel about the potential for the Mine to reopen. Read the whole story here or here- Water for gold.
  • SJR Mine in the News: Community opposition to the mine has received national and international media attention. The New York Times published an article on the front page of August 23′s business section, and in this August 22 web version. And the UK-based New Internationalist Sept 2014 issue features several articles about “Gold Trouble”, including “View from the ridge.” To see a PDF of these, go here. To order a copy or subscribe, go to on the web.
  • What’s going on with the well monitoring program? Since well water quality testing was suspended in March by the mine operator, the application to re-open the mine has been put on hold. In an exchange of letters between the mine operator, SJRTA’s attorney, County Planning staff, and SJRTA, questions of what the County will require in terms of pre-EIR monitoring have been raised, but not answered to our satisfaction. For a description of the letters, and to see copies of them, go here. Be aware, however, that this interruption in testing does not mean the mining corporation has given up its efforts to reopen the mine!
  • Many thanks to The Sierra Fund’s Sarah Forslund Fund for Environmental Leadership for a $2000 general support grant received by SJRTA in July! …Link to more information.
  • Please join or renew your membership for 2014.
  • Take Action! Educate your Supervisor and Planning Commissioner about the effects of this mine. Donate. Volunteers needed for outreach and fundraising activities. Call or email us!
  • Letter from Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen to Supervisor Nate Beason Dear Supervisor Beason, I am writing to express my concern about the San Juan Ridge Mine Project…Link to the rest of the Holly Hermansen Letter.


The primary purpose of the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association (SJRTA) is to promote the environmental, social and economic well-being of the rural San Juan Ridge community, in Nevada County, CA. The Association accomplishes its purpose by research, education, analysis, community outreach and advocacy. Our current focus is the proposed reopening of the San Juan Ridge Mine.

Formed in 1975, SJRTA membership includes residents and non-resident landowners of the San Juan Ridge and other concerned citizens.