Reclaiming the Sierra

Reclaiming the Sierra

Headwater Mercury Source Reduction Workshops 

Spring and Fall events focused on our regional Headwater Mercury Source Reduction (HMSR) Strategy to abate the impacts of mercury- from the Sierra to the sea.

Headwater Mercury Source Reduction Workshop, Spring 2020: May 14, 2020, Held Virtially via Zoom

Headwater Mercury Source Reduction Workshop, Fall 2020: November 12, 2020, Held Virtually via Zoom

About the Workshop

Reclaiming the Sierra 2020: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction (HMSR) Implementation Workshops: Our 2020 program focuses on implementation strategies to promote headwater resiliency with a vision of adaptive recovery for the environment and communities that are still blighted from centuries-old resource extraction. The HMSR Implementation Workshops build on over a decade of research to understand the lasting legacy of the California Gold Rush and to catalyze action for headwater management that reduces impacts from mine-scarred lands while promoting the resiliency of natural and human resources from the Sierra to the sea. The Sierra Fund’s hallmark approach to assessing and addressing Mining’s Toxic Legacy has been distilled into a specific and detailed HMSR Strategy document that outlines actions and replicable pilot projects to reduce mercury discharge.

Four strategic targets for addressing headwater sources of mercury will be explored during the two 2020 Workshops:

HMSR Workshop, Spring 2020:

May 14, 2020, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

  1. Hydraulic Mines and Mine Features
  2. Mercury in Forest and Land Management

HMSR Workshop, Fall 2020:

November 12, 2020, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

3. Mercury-Contaminated Sediment in Reservoirs 
4. Mercury Exposure via Fish Consumption

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The Sierra Fund is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to restoring ecosystem and community resiliency in the Sierra Nevada. In 2006 we launched our “Reclaiming the Sierra” initiative to address the long term human health, environmental and cultural impacts of legacy mining in California. To learn more about The Sierra Fund, visit our website