Contact: Sarah Kliegman, Co-Executive director, 509-560-4429, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7, 2020
Spokane, WA – Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office have both filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court against Crown Resources Corporation and Kinross Gold U.S.A., Inc. for water pollution violations at the Buckhorn Mine located near Chesaw, WA in north-central Washington State. The suits are related to the consistent and ongoing discharges of pollutants at the site above the levels allowed by the company’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
“Our community will not stand for the pollution of our waters,” states OHA’s co-Executive Director, Sarah Kliegman, PhD. “The mine has not taken sufficient actions to either investigate the fate of pollutants at the site or to clean up the pollution. This lawsuit is intended to impel the company to clean up their mess.”
During these tumultuous times, we hope that you are healthy, hunkering down, and taking care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Okanogan Highlands Alliance’s community events for April have been postponed and new dates have not yet been set. Our summer events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check back here or at OHA's Facebook Page for updated information. While you are here, you are welcomed to visit our Highland Wonders past events page to learn more about natural history! You can expect more past event videos to be posted in the coming weeks.
We hope that despite the issues you are facing as a result of the pandemic, you are able to find space in your lives to connect with each other (from safe distances) and with nature. We hope you are able to make some happy memories to accompany the anxious ones.
Here are some ideas to build happy memories in troubling times:
Here in the Okanogan, we have noticed:
From our homes, the OHA staff continues to work toward our mission to encourage and support education and protection of our community and the environment. We are finding ways to address the unique challenges of this situation and working to support our community and our membership, far and wide.
As always, but perhaps now more than ever, please feel welcome to connect with us – we would love to hear your ideas, your observations, and your inspirations!
Be safe and healthy!
-Sarah, Jen and Julie
Minimize watershed impacts associated with the Buckhorn Mine operations & exploration
Continuously improve the ecological health of the Okanogan Highlands
Increase community awareness and involvement in watershed issues
OHA is committed to protecting and restoring wetlands in the Okanogan Highlands, and there are a variety of areas that you can become involved in. You can help OHA protect, restore and preserve the Okanogan Highlands by becoming involved in OHA’s mine monitoring, education and/or restoration programs.
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