Reclaiming the Sierra:
The Sierra Fund’s Initiative to Address California’s Mining Legacy
The goal of The Sierra Fund’s Reclaiming the Sierra Initiative is to clean up California’s oldest and longest neglected environmental pollution: mercury and other heavy metals left over from a century of mining.
Millions of pounds of mercury were used in the upper watersheds of the Sierra Nevada to mine gold, and today this pollution continues to spread downstream to the San Francisco Bay and Delta, affecting the Californians and our environment from the Sierra to the Sea.
Our Initiative aims to restore California’s critical water resources and protect public health by bringing crucial information to public, policy makers, scientists, tribal peoples, and by pioneering innovative solutions to clean up this legacy pollution.