Reclaiming the Sierra

2019 Sponsors

The Sierra Fund is pleased to announce our early sponsors for Reclaiming the Sierra 2019: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction, October 16-18, 2019 at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley, California. Thank you to the following agencies and businesses:

California Department of Conservation

The Division of Mine Reclamation’s goal is to see mined lands returned to a usable and safe condition after mining is completed. The Division was established in 1991 to provide a measure of oversight for local governments as they administer the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) within their respective jurisdictions. To accomplish this goal, the Division provides comments to lead agencies on a mining operation’s reclamation plan and financial assurance and may initiate compliance actions that encourage SMARA compliance. The Division also addresses issues stemming from the state’s tens of thousands of abandoned legacy mines that are located on public lands under the Abandoned Mine Lands Program.

California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to protect the public’s health in the Golden State and helps shape positive health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.  CDPH public health professionals, researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other staff­ members have a shared vision to protect and improve the health of all Californians. They are dedicated to public service and passionate about the work and the people and communities they serve and protect.

Golder Associates

Golder Associates is a global, employee-owned organization providing independent consulting, design and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment and energy. Services span a range of technical disciplines around ground engineering and environmental services. Golder Associates strive to be the most respected global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy through technical excellence and innovative solutions.

Nevada Irrigation District

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is a diversified water resource agency that supplies water to nearly 25,000 homes, farms and businesses in Nevada and Placer counties in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. NID’s Combie Reservoir Sediment and Mercury Removal Project demonstrates innovative recovery processes to reduce elemental mercury concentrations from dredged sediments.

Rose Foundation

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is a founding sponsor of Reclaiming the Sierra.  A grantmaking public charity based in Northern California, its funding comes from donations, grants from other foundations, or legal restitution payments and cy pres funds.  Rose’s grantmaking programs support community-based projects and organizations that are building long-term solutions that benefit people, the environment and the economy.

Teichert Materials

Teichert Materials is a part of A. Teichert & Son, Inc. which was founded in Sacramento by Adolph Teichert in 1887. Teichert’s contractor license is #8, the oldest active contractor license in California. The Teichert company is based on core values that include commitments to quality, safety, and environmental responsibility. Teichert Materials operations and employees work closely with our neighbors, environmental experts, and public officials to design, operate, reclaim, and replenish the environment upon which we all depend. Teichert’s Hallwood Plant has actively operated in the Yuba Gold Fields since 1953 and offers examples of modern active gravel mining techniques, equipment, and award-winning active and complete mine reclamation.

Peter Rutledge Koch, Printer

Peter Rutledge Koch, Printer has been designing and printing books and ephemera since 1974. Beginning a career in Missoula, Montana Peter Koch started with one platen press. He since settled in the San Francisco Bay area and following the San Francisco literary tradition of fine printing, has acquired an international reputation and several more presses. Their clients and collectors range from major international research libraries to bibliophilic organizations and private collectors and publishers. Between commissions, they design, print and publish limited editions of ancient Greek philosophers, the musings of maverick poets, and the images of world-renowned wood engravers and photographers. Editions Koch specializes in publishing limited edition artist books, broadsides, portfolios, and text transmission objects.

California Department of Water Resources

The mission of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is to sustainably manage the water resources of California, in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the state’s people and protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments. Established in 1956 by the California State Legislature, DWR protects, conserves, develops, and manages much of California’s water supply. This includes the State Water Project (SWP), the nation’s largest state-built water conveyance program.

California State University Chico

The Geological and Environmental Sciences (GEOS) Department at California State University, Chico is a founding sponsor of Reclaiming the Sierra, and a longtime partner in The Sierra Fund’s initiative to assess and address the impacts of legacy mining. In the GEOS Department, building on learning both in and outside the classroom, students conduct applied and basic research to enhance their understanding of these systems. A major learning goal is that students recognize and understand human activities, the environment, and the local, regional, and global scale. A major feature of all degree programs is that they place a strong emphasis on providing students with excellent hands-on skills. Geology students develop field skills in mapping, describing rocks, and use of maps and compass. Students in the various options under environmental sciences likewise learn to use state-of-the-art instruments and field techniques for water measurement and testing, chemical analysis, vegetation inventory, geophysics, and meteorology.

California Wildlife Conservation Board

. The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) was created by legislation in 1947 to administer a capital outlay program for wildlife conservation and related public recreation. The primary responsibilities of WCB are to select, authorize and allocate funds for the purchase of land and waters suitable for recreation purposes and the preservation, protection and restoration of wildlife habitat. WCB approves and funds projects that set aside lands within the State for such purposes, through acquisition or other means, to meet these objectives. WCB can also authorize the construction of facilities for recreational purposes on property in which it has a proprietary interest.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy


The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a California state agency created by bi-partisan legislation (AB 2600) and signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004. The SNC was created with the understanding that the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada and its communities are closely linked and that the Region and the State of California would benefit from an organization providing a strategic direction. The SNC Region, made up of all or part of 22 counties covering over 25 million acres, is one of the most significant natural and biologically diverse regions in the world. The Sierra Nevada constitutes about 25 percent of California’s land area and is the state’s principal watershed, supplying more than 60 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and other businesses/industries across the state.

California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project

California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) was created to research, document, preserve, and protect California Indigenous Nisenan culture. CHIRP has been following the history and stories of the Foothill Nisenan people of the Nevada City Rancheria, and has played an important role in the re-introduction of the Nisenan people to the non-native community now residing in the Nisenan homelands of the Bear and Yuba river watersheds, especially in Nevada County where the Nisenan once had a federally recognized reservation.

Mining & Metallurgical Society of America

The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA) is a professional organization that provides leadership and fosters collaboration on the complex challenges facing the mining and minerals industry.

Since its inception in 1908, MMSA has offered guidance on policy issues ranging from the protection of workers and investors, to the responsible development of mineral resources on public lands. MMSA activities include testifying before Congress, advising government agencies, and convening forums such as the Minerals for a Green Society Symposium and the ongoing Abandoned Mine Land Summits focused on advancing Good Samaritan legislation to improve landscapes impacted by historical mining.

MMSA supports programs that increase public awareness and understanding of mining and why mined materials are essential to society and human well-being. Donations have funded student scholarships, provided educational resources to teachers, and sponsored an Oral History Series of minerals industry ‘notables’ prepared by the University of California Berkeley.


NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through five business verticals: Construction Quality Assurance, Infrastructure, Energy, Program Management, and Environmental. With offices nationwide and abroad, NV5 helps clients plan, design, build, test, certify, and operate projects that improve the communities where we live and work.

Odin Construction Solutions

Odin Construction Solutions, headquartered in Northern California, is a self-performing environmental remediation and geotechnical construction company. Our dedicated team provides outstanding services to our clients, including safety performance, technical expertise, and solid customer relationships. Our team members are recognized experts in slurry cutoff walls, wetland shaping, levee and dam repair, in-situ and ex-situ soil treatment, hazardous waste remediation, sediment removal and treatment, demolition, and processing and handling of material and debris.

Odin was founded in 2018, but the team has worked together since 1997. The management team, with more than 150 years of combined experience, has a proven track record of delivering safe and compliant environmental, geotechnical and demolition construction projects for a wide range of private and public sector clients.

Wolf Creek Community Alliance

Wolf Creek Community Alliance is a volunteer organization located in Northern California whose focus and mission is to protect and restore Wolf Creek and its watershed to a condition of optimal health and integrity for the benefit of present and future generations.

Community Environmental Advocates

CEA Foundation advocates for responsible land use and environmental protection policies and actions in Nevada County. Our goal for Nevada County’s future is a thriving community, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. We seek to enable the public to be better informed – from identifying issues and participating at hearings, to influencing local governments – in order to create and implement sound land use and environmental policies which will improve our community. Working in collaboration with other groups and professionals, we provide analysis and advocacy on these issues from the viewpoint of the public, our neighborhoods and communities, and the environment.

East Bay Municipal Utility District

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The District’s award-winning wastewater treatment protects San Francisco Bay and serves 685,000 customers. EBMUD’s mission is to manage the natural resources entrusted into District it’s care; to provide reliable, high-quality water and wastewater services at fair and reasonable rates for the people of the East Bay; and to preserve and protect the environment for future generations.

Forsgren Associates, Inc.

At Forsgren Associates, Inc., we solve problems. Our innovative scientists and engineers foster understanding and bridge political gaps between project proponents, agencies, and stakeholders in order to expedite critical infrastructure and environmentally responsible resource development projects.

We support our clients on all or discrete phases of their projects, from:

  • Local conceptual planning to authoring large-scale IRWMPs;
  • Grant application assistance to consulting on comprehensive rate studies;
  • Securing simple permits to navigating complicated regulatory processes;
  • Engineering small pipelines to planning and engineering regional wastewater infrastructure; and
  • Serving as city and district engineer to providing project management for mineral exploration and development efforts across the western U.S.

Our 50 years of experience managing a wide range of projects throughout the west has cultivated our ability to successfully tackle and deliver projects that are complicated, politically charged, and technically-challenging. Our multi-disciplinary team is responsive, communicative, and ready.

South Yuba River Citizens League

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With over 33 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,500 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. We are working to restore wild salmon to their native waters. We are replanting the banks of the Goldfields with trees. We are inspiring activism across the globe with our environmental film festival. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the Sierra to the sea

Geocon Inc.

Since 1971, Geocon Inc. has provided excellent client service and technical expertise in environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, materials testing, and special inspection services. From offices throughout California, we strive to serve our clients’ environmental and geotechnical engineering needs promptly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.

McCord Environmental, Inc.

Based in Davis, California, McCord Environmental, Inc. (MEI) supports agencies, municipalities, and non-profit organizations managing water quality regionally, statewide, and internationally. President Stephen McCord has over 20 years of consulting, research, and teaching/training experience addressing water quality issues. Over the past decade, Dr. McCord has led water quality modeling, monitoring, assessment, and planning projects in rivers, deltas, and bays throughout California. A particular area of focus is mercury pollution – conceptual and mass balance models, TMDLs, trading programs, abandoned mine site cleanups, strategic plans, and stakeholder group facilitation.

Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action is a one million member organization of diverse people and groups joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. CWA’s goals include clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community problems.

Reflective Jewelry

Reflective Jewelry crafts designer jewelry, by hand, from ethically sourced materials. America’s only certified Fairtrade Gold jeweler, they specialize in custom design. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and established in 1995,  the company designs and creates its own collections, including wedding and engagement rings; and a broad range of pendants, earrings, and bracelets for both men and women– many of which are based upon contemporary interpretations of ancient tribal motifs.  The company has been a leading pioneer and advocate of the ethical jewelry sourcing for the public and trade for many years.