Hello Left Hand Community!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided a July 2019 update on the current status of the Captain Jack Mine water treatment system. After the October discharge event, where acidic and metals laden water entered Left Hand Creek, the EPA implemented a temporary water treatment system at the bulkhead tunnel. While the system has been working well to treat excess mine drainage, the the EPA intends to return to the original passive, in-tunnel system when appropriate.
For EPA contact information and the July update, please click here.
The Watershed Center staff continues to collect water quality data throughout the upper reaches of Left Hand Creek. We have seen invertebrate recovery this summer, and will report our in stream community sampling after our monitoring work is complete this fall.