Reclaiming the Sierra

The Sierra Fund’s Mercury Health Summit a Success

May 7, 2014

Last week, The Sierra Fund hosted a free public event, “Mercury and Human Health: An informational summit on the impacts of mercury exposure through fish consumption” in the California State Capitol Building.  Attendees included medical doctors, public health experts, policymakers and others.  The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jane Hightower, a San Francisco […]

What the Sierra Nevada Conservancy can do about abandoned mines and mercury

December 6, 2012

MARYSVILLE, 6 December 2012 – The Sierra Fund CEO Izzy Martin briefed the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Board of Directors on abandoned mines and mercury issues in the Sierra at their December 5-6 meeting in Marysville. On December 6, she presented “Reclaiming the Gold Country: Opportunities for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy” which included background on […]

TSF releases new health education materials

September 27, 2011

As a follow up to our two recent studies on human exposure to legacy mining toxins, The Sierra Fund has produced new educational materials with precautionary guidelines for people who live, work or recreate in the Sierra. Two new brochures, “Abandoned Mines, Dust and You” and “Fish, Mercury and You” are now available for distribution. […]

Oregon adopts strictest standards in United States for toxic water pollution

June 23, 2011
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From The Oregonian By Scott Learn 16 June 2011 – Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission today adopted the strictest standards for toxic water pollution in the United States. The new rules, adopted on a 4-1 vote, are designed to protect tribal members and others who eat large amounts of contaminated fish. Oregon’s current water quality standards […]

“Mercury Safe” Label for Fish and Menus

December 16, 2010

To promote healthy alternatives to high-mercury fish, create a recognizable “Mercury Safe” label that could be added to the packaging of fish that are store bought, or could appear on restaurant menus to help consumers make good choices.

Signs on Trails with Naturally Occurring Asbestos

December 15, 2010

People using trails – especially OHV trails where a lot of dust can be generated – need to be aware of whether they may be exposed to naturally occurring asbestos (NOA).  Naturally occurring asbestos is already mapped in many places, so a desktop exercise could be performed to learn which trails intersect with known NOA. […]

Model the Lead Protocol for Mercury

December 15, 2010

The lead protocol is well established and includes product guidelines, child testing and public education mechanisms.  A very similar treatment should be implemented for mercury.  This requires a strong policy coalition including concerned parents, health care providers, fishermen, midwifes, nutritionists, schools and many others. The Sierra Fund recommends that a state-wide or nation-wide health advocacy […]