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.
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.
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.
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.
Burleson Consulting Inc. (Burleson) is a Woman-owned Small Business headquartered in Folsom, California with offices in Carmel Valley, Orange, and San Diego, California. Established in 2001, we are a full service environmental engineering firm providing quality environmental compliance, habitat restoration, water resources, NEPA/CEQA permitting, and CERCLA/RCRA services to our valued clients. Our senior professionals average more than 20 years of experience in engineering, geology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and GIS and we specialize in abandoned mine remediation throughout the State.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
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.
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 will be visited during the conference Gold Country Mines Tour, and will demonstrate innovative recovery processes to reduce elemental mercury concentrations from dredged sediments.
The Sierra Institute for Community and Environment promotes healthy and sustainable forests and watersheds by investing in the well-being of rural communities and strengthening their participation in natural resource decisions and programs.
The Sierra Nevada Alliance is an Alliance of conservation groups that are based or work in the Sierra Nevada region. There are over eighty-five Member Groups that span the entire 400 mile mountain range. Its mission is to protect and restore the natural resources of the Sierra Nevada for future generations while promoting sustainable communities.