Reclaiming the Sierra

Prioritization of Remediation Efforts Track

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:00 am – 4:20 pm

Track Sponsor:  Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Track Moderator: Stephen McCord, Ph.D., McCord Environmental

As part of this track, conference participants heard technical presentations on prioritizing abandoned mine remediation efforts, encompassing a watershed-wide approach using innovative modeling techniques. The discussion included tools for local government-led initiatives to access state and federal resources to address abandoned mine-related issues. 

Click here to read the issue papers developed by The Sierra Fund to frame each of the four conference tracks.


 

11:00 am – Track Introduction and Overview
Stephen McCord, Ph.D., McCord Environmental

11:10 am – Technical Presentation:  Downstream Prioritization through Modeling:  Yolo Bypass and Delta Mercury Modeling
Carol DiGiorgio, Department of Water Resources

11:40 am – Technical Presentation:  Upstream Prioritization through Modeling: Sierra Nevada Mercury Impairment Project
Charles Alpers, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey

 

12:15 – 1:15 pm – Lunch Break

 

1:20 pm – Technical Presentation:  Bird’s Eye View: Tools for Prioritizing AML Sites across the State
Glenda Marsh, Department of Conservation Abandoned Mine Lands Program

1:55 pm – Technical Presentation:  Local Government Opportunities to Lead AML Prioritization Efforts
Alexandria Keeble-Toll, The Sierra Fund

 

2:25 – 15 Minute Break

 

2:40 pm – Prioritization Track and Best Available Techniques Track Joint Panel Discussion

  • Stephen McCord, Facilitator
  • Mark Nechodom, Ph.D., Director, Department of Conservation
  • Carol DiGiorgio, Department of Water Resources
  • Charles Alpers, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey
  • Glenda Marsh, Department of Conservation Abandoned Mine Lands Program
  • Alexandria Keeble-Toll, The Sierra Fund
  • Andrea Foster, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey
  • Jacob Fleck, United States Geological Survey
  • Michelle Wood, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • David Chambers, Ph.D., Center for Science in Public Participation