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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
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Stream and Wetland Restoration: A new short video tells the Triple Creek restoration story in a nutshell, from the perspective of the restoration team -- OHA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Trout Unlimited, and the land stewards. You will also see a bird's eye view of the project!
Watch the new video here!
 
 

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Friday, April 5, 2019 ~
Butterflies of the Okanogan, with Caitlin LaBar 

Okanogan County is host to 124 of the 155 butterfly species recorded in Washington. Caitlin will speak about some of the ecogeographical aspects that contribute to this incredible diversity, what species you can expect to commonly find and some of the more reclusive species to watch for... Continue
 
Caitlin LaBar













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