Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Cannabis Conversation: California Water Quality Control Board Application and Compliance Process

In the last several weeks, Nevada County has received ten Notice of Application (NOA) letters from California's Water Quality Control Board for those who have enrolled in their Cannabis Cultivation Waste Discharge Regulatory Program. This program was created by the Water Quality Control Board to ensure that any owner/operator/tenant/lessee of any property where there is 2,000 square feet or more of cannabis cultivation is in compliance with their water usage. The Water Quality Control Board sends NOA letters to the County to ensure that property owners are in compliance with local regulations before continuing their own permitting process. Upon an initial review, many of these properties are found to have code compliance issues pertaining to permitted building structures, grading permits, and permitted residences.

In an effort to educate and provide an opportunity for applicants to make the necessary corrections to their property, Nevada County's Community Development Agency (CDA) is developing a process to notify the property owner of the received NOA letter and offer to set up a site visit to check compliance before responding to the Water Quality Control Board. Property owners can decide if they'd like to schedule a site visit to review the initial property findings, Nevada County Municipal Codes, and the Water Quality Control Board General Order requirements before Nevada County replies to the Water Quality Control Board's NOA letter. Site visits will be conducted by CDA, to inform on land use compliance, and the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, to advise on compliance with the current Cannabis Ordinance.

After the initial property review process, CDA will send a response letter with their findings pertaining to Nevada County's Municipal Code requirements to both the property owner and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. If the parcel is in compliance with County codes, the Water Quality Control Board will proceed with the permit processing. If the parcel is not in compliance with County codes, the Water Quality Control Board will issue a hold letter for coverage until the property is in compliance with all County codes or deny coverage.

The process is expected to be available on the Cannabis Conversation website early next week.

Nevada County Employee's at the Deer Creek: Champion Mine site of SYRCL's 20th Annual Yuba River Cleanup

Nevada County Teams Up at SYRCL's 20th Yuba River Clean-Up

On Saturday, September 16th, Nevada County employees teamed up with volunteers at SYRCL's 20th Annual Yuba River Cleanup to clean up the Deer Creek: Champion Mine location near the Eric Rood Administrative Center.  With nearly 60 volunteers at this site, between 400 to 600 pounds of tires, bicycle parts, glass bottles, construction detritus, cigarette butts, water heaters, and other garbage was cleaned out of the deer creek waterways from Newtown Road near The Willo to the Tribute Trail outside of downtown Nevada City.

In total, SYRCL reported that there was 14,000 pounds of trash pulled from Nevada County waterways such as Deer Creek, Wolf Creek, the Bear River, and Kentucky Ravine by almost 900 volunteers at this years 20th Annual Yuba River Cleanup. This year's event helped to clean almost double the amount of trash and recyclables from our local waterways compared to last year's Yuba River Cleanup, at 7,465 pounds of trash and 1,180 pounds of recyclables.

After the Cleanup, SYRCL volunteers gathered at Pioneer Park to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cleanup. They heard from Nevada County Supervisor Heidi Hall, Grass Valley Vice Mayor Lisa Swarthout, Damian Fussel from California State Senator Ted Gaines’ office, and Cheri West from California Assemblyman Brian Dahle’s Office. All presented official proclamations honoring the Yuba River Cleanup. Sierra District California State Parks Chief Ranger, Matt Green, expressed appreciation to all volunteers on behalf of the South Yuba River State Park. Volunteers also enjoyed lunch, local brews, and musical performances by Ayla Nereo and Scott Nice.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help keep our community and waterways clean, to Dian and Ingrid who helped coordinate the Deer Creek: Champion Mine site with County volunteers, and to SYRCL for hosting another successful Yuba River Cleanup!

October 3rd Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting in Truckee

The Nevada County Fish and Wildlife Commission's annual Truckee meeting will take place on October 3, 2017 with two featured speakers: Mr. Perry Norris, Executive Director, and Mr. John Svahn, Stewardship Director, of the Truckee Donner Land Trust.  Commission Chair Cindy Tobiassen invites the public to attend, stating,"the presentation will be an exceptional opportunity to hear what Truckee's oldest conservation/open-space, non-governmental organization has accomplished since forming in 1990."

To date, over 33,000 acres have been protected through acquisition, easement or land exchange by the land trust.  Many of these acres provide corridors and connections to essential habitats required for the survival of a myriad of terrestrial and aquatic species in our region.  The lands are generally in Placer, Nevada and Sierra counties and mostly east of the Sierra Crest.  All lands are open to the public but some use restrictions apply to protect areas that have unique values.  After the presentation Mr. Norris and Mr. Svahn will answer questions from the audience.

The meeting begins promptly on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Truckee Sanitary District at 12304 Joerger Road, Truckee.  The public is cordially invited and light refreshments will be served.

The Nevada County Fish and Wildlife Commission was established in 1978 to advise the Board of Supervisors on issues impacting biological and natural resources in the County.  The Commission is supported solely through a portion of fines collected in the county courts from fish and wildlife violations.  The Commission has distributed over $200,000 in grants for habitat improvement, wildlife education in the schools, rehabilitation and release of injured native wildlife, wildlife research at the university level, and a secret witness program focused on pollution and poaching crimes.  The Commission has nine members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  There is currently a vacancy for an East County resident.  Application forms are available at Supervisor Richard Anderson's Office or on the Nevada County Clerk of the Board website.

Please contact the Agricultural Commissioner's Office at (530) 470-2690, or by email at if you have questions or require additional information. 

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Health Impacts of Ozone Pollution and How to Protect Yourself

During fire season, you often can see and smell smoke, and know right away that air quality is not great.  Another piece to the air quality puzzle is ozone.  The ozone layer up in the stratosphere is good, protecting us from the sun.  However, the ozone layer that we breathe can be harmful at concentrations as low as 70 parts per billion, which western Nevada County often experiences during the warmer months.

Ozone is formed by numerous chemical reactions involving sunlight, warmth, volatile compounds (mainly from vehicles, industrial processes and vegetation) and nitrogen oxides (mainly from vehicles, power generation and wildfires).  Most of Nevada County's ozone comes from the Sacramento region, and concentrations are usually highest in the afternoon and evening when traffic is most dense.

High ozone levels can cause burning eyes, a sore throat, chest pain, coughing, headaches and other symptoms.  Some individuals are especially sensitive to ozone, including children, seniors, people with cardiac or respiratory conditions, and people breathing hard outdoors. 

Unlike smoke, it can be hard to tell if ozone concentrations are high just by stepping outside, and it usually takes a few minutes to hours of exposure before ozone's health effects are felt.  So, while the air may "look good," before you plan strenuous work, play outdoors, and for the sake of your overall health, it is wise to check or for the most recent monitored and forecasted concentrations.

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Upcoming Library Events and Closure on September 29th

All  Nevada County Community Libraries will be closed on Friday, September 29th for an All Staff Meeting. Your patience is appreciated while library staff from all over the county gather for important system-wide training.

For more information please contact the Library at (530) 265-7050.

Upcoming Events at the Library:

Madelyn Helling Library:

Come on Monday, September 25th, at 4:30 pm. to 5:30 p.m. to learn about 3D printing, our Makerbot, and watch it print something while you start dreaming up what you want to print! Registration is now open, ages 5-10 welcome.

Penn Valley Library:

Penn Valley has a book club! Join us on Thursday, September 28th, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss stories with other Penn Valley patrons. Enjoy tea, coffee, and snacks. This month's book is The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony.

North San Juan:

The Mobile Tech Van is headed up to North San Juan Tuesday, September 26th for a 3D printer demonstration, tech petting zoo, and more! Head on out to the San Juan Ridge Community Library, 18847 Oak, North San Juan, to see the Nevada County Library's Mobile Tech Van. The Van will be at the location from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To view all Library Events visit the Community Library Calendar

ALA Library Banned Books: Words Have Power, Read a Banned Book

Banned Books Week Celebrates our Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week, from September 24th through 30th, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.  The Nevada County Community Library is recognizing Banned Books Week with vibrant displays at many of our branches.  During Banned Books Week, visit the Grass Valley or Madelyn Helling Libraries to pose for a mug shot with a book of your choice in the Banned Books Photo Area.

For more information about Banned Books Week, including lists of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books for the last sixteen years, visit the American Library Association's website.

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