Malakoff Diggins: Historical Treasure or Natural Hazard?

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Join SYRCL for the “Humbug Excursion” August 11.

Following on the success of keeping Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park open to the public, SYRCL will be offering a public tour of Malakoff Diggins and the Humbug Creek watershed on August 11th from 8:30am to 12:30pm.

Humbug Creek drains into the South Yuba River, and, due to drainage of Malakoff Diggins, is a primary source of ongoing pollution to the South Yuba River. We will be exploring Malakoff’s fascinating history, seeing first-hand the detrimental effects of hydraulic mining, and learning about ways to help with remediation efforts.

SYRCL is working with the Sierra Fund, California State Parks, and others on developing a Humbug Creek Watershed Management Plan.  SYRCL’s role is to involve the community, through our water quality monitoring, our support of State Parks, and information exchanged during this excursion and other public outreach.

The tour includes a visit to the town of North Bloomingfield, a walk inside The Pit, and a brief hike along the Humbug Trail.

Remember to bring:

  •  Sunscreen and sun protection
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Picnic lunch (after the tour)
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