Reclaiming the Sierra

Conference Agenda

The following tables outline the Reclaiming the Sierra conference program for April 20 & 21, 2015.

Update: Speaker Presentations, Filmed Workshops, Student Posters and photos from the event here are now available.

Click here for a PDF version of the full Reclaiming the Sierra 2015 Conference Program.

Click the links below to jump to each day’s schedule; within the schedule, click the track title for more details about the content and speakers.


Day 1: Tours, Keynote & Reception
Monday, April 20

(light refreshments served)
Gold Country Mines Bus TourYuba Goldfields Boat TourAt Conference Facility
8:15 amTour Groups ConveneTour Groups ConveneExhibitor setup
8:30 amBus departs conference facilityBus departs conference facility
10:00 am - 12:30 pmTour Malakoff Diggins and The Sierra Fund's Humbug Creek Assessment & Feasibility Study Project Launch for morning portion of boat tour on Lower Yuba River
12:30 - 1:00 pmLunch providedLunch providedExhibits and student poster session open to university faculty, students, and public
1:00 - 4:45 pmBus to Lake Combie

Demonstration of Combie Reservoir Mercury Facility by Nevada Irrigation District

Return to Sacramento
Presentation at lunch overlook of "Salmon Alley"

Afternoon boat tour continues to SYRCL Restoration site and short walk to Goldfields overlook, presentation on present-day mining in the Goldfields by Teichert Materials

Return to Sacramento
4:45 - 5:30 pmBREAK
5:30 - 6:30 pmRECEPTION at Conference Facility
Welcoming Remarks: The Sierra Fund
6:30 - 8:30 pmReclaiming the Sierra Tonight Show: Legacy Mines, California and the World
featuring Greg Valerio, Paula Britton, Fran Spivy-Weber, and Mark Nechodom



Day 2: Conference Proceedings, Awards, Reception
April 21, 2015

Exhibit Hall and Student Poster Session Open
9:00 - 10:45 amWELCOME: Gary Parsons, Board Member, The Sierra Fund

9:15 am: Enduring Legacy of a Toxic Fan - Michael Singer, Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland

9:35 am: Estimating Reservoir Sedimentation Rates - J.Toby Menier, Ph.D., US Geological Survey

10:25 am: Overview of Conference Tracks - Elizabeth Martin and Carrie Monohan, Ph.D., The Sierra Fund
10:45 amBREAK
Prioritization of Remediation EffortsBest Available Techniques TrackImproving Mine Reclamation TrackMultiple Benefits Track
11:00 am - 12:15 pmPRESENTATION: Yolo Bypass and Delta Mercury ModelingPRESENTATION:
Spectroscopic Methods for Arsenic Characterization
Pre-SMARA Legacy Mine Remediation Challenges & Opportunities
Multiple Benefits of Sediment Removal from Reservoirs
PRESENTATION: Sierra Nevada Mercury Impairment ProjectPRESENTATION: Polymer Use to Reduce Methylmercury in Wetlands
12:15 - 1:20 pmLUNCH PROVIDED
1:20 - 2:25 pmPRESENTATION:
Tools for Prioritizing AML Sites across the State
Statewide Mercury Program for Reservoirs
SMARA Mine Permitting and Reclamation Issues
Definition of E3 Gold Standards
PRESENTATION: Local Government Opportunities to Lead AML Prioritization EffortsPRESENTATION: Standards for Responsible Mine Reclamation
2:25 pmBREAK
2:40 - 4:20 pmPANEL DISCUSSION:
Coordinating Prioritization Needs and Evaluating Best Available Techniques
Water Bond Implementation Issues and Opportunities
E3 Market Analysis and Early Developments
4:20 pmBREAK
4:35 - 5:30 pmSYNTHESIS PANEL:
A presentation and discussion of the outcomes of the four conference tracks
5:30 - 7:00 pmReception and Presentation of Sierra Crest Awards and Student Poster Awards