The Holden Mine Remediation project has nearly wrapped up for the year, with most of the equipment and personnel gone. A few have remained to finish winterization and demobilization operations, but are expected to be cleared out within the next few weeks.
The project is directed by the US Forest Service in cooperation with the Washington Department of Ecology, aimed to clean up contaminants that were left over from the Howe Sound Holden Mine, located about 50 miles up lake from Chelan.
The Cleanup is primarily concerned with keeping contaminants out of the ground and surface water, such as Railroad Creek.
Crews will return to the site in the Spring of 2013 to begin the transition from early works, which is what has been happening over the past few years, to the heavy construction phase.
Elka Missal, Information Officer for the Chelan Ranger District, told KOZI that this coming phase of the project will last for at least two years.
If you are interested in learning more about how Holden will be impacted by the next few years, you can visit their website, where they have set up a Holden Mine Remediation frequently asked questions page, at www.holdenvillage.org.
Or, you can visit our website at kozi.com and click on the holden mine link on our news page."CLICK HERE" for Audio