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Buckhorn Mine: The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has the responsibility to uphold the mine's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. OHA has suggested corrective actions that would increase the understanding of the contaminant flows at the mine site and lead to long-term solutions to the water quality problems on Buckhorn Mountain.

On November 30, 2017, Ecology issued Notice of Violation (NOV) #15562 for water quality related violations during the third quarter of 2017. The water quality violations have continued unabated since Ecology issued the NOV. If Ecology would address the numerous procedural violations, it could help quell the numeric violations. History has shown that when Ecology provides remedial guidance and/or consequences, progress will be made in addressing these problems. Numerous actions could and should be taken to address the violations... Continue
   Buckhorn Mine Portal



Stream and Wetland Restoration: OHA and Trout Unlimited will co-present at the upcoming joint regional conference in Spokane, "Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes" (https://restoration2018.org). We are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17th and our presentation is called, "Stick with it: Using Beaver Dam Analogs at Triple Creek to Set a Course for Watershed Resilience." You can register for one day or for the whole conference if you are interested. More about the presentation

Learn more about the Triple Creek project
 
 

Beaver weaving BDA



Friday, November 2nd: Local Loon Tales 
with Dan and Ginger Poleschook

Dan and Ginger will return to the Highland Wonders education series to update our community on how our local loons have fared in the seven years since the Poleschook's last presentation in Tonasket... Continue
 
Loon -- image by Dan and Ginger Poleschook












OHA continues to press on, working to:
  • Minimize watershed impacts associated with the Buckhorn gold mine operations and exploration
  • Continuously improve the ecological health of the Okanogan Highlands
  • Increase community awareness and involvement in watershed issues