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Canceled due to snow - Omega Road to Omega Diggings, Nevada County off Highway 20
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Northwoods Clubhouse Parking Lot
11509 Northwoods Blvd
Truckee, CA 96161
is required before Saturday, March 16, 2019
Be prepared for cold weather. Carry extra warm clothes, food and water. Make sure your gas tank is full upon arrival to the Northwoods meeting site.
This trip is west on I-80 to SR20 west to Omega Road - a maintained dirt road; however, it is not plowed in the winter, so there could be snow on the road. We'll explore the Omega Hydraulic Mining site and see if we can find the Omega Cemetery, old town site and the Last Chance Mine.
The Sawyer Decision of 1883 ended hydraulic mining as it was very damaging to down stream water uses and fisheries. Effects of hydraulic mining impacted river navigation from mud build up as entire mountains were washed away by miners using large high pressure water jet "monitors". The Sawyer Decision was one of the Nation's first environmental laws.