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 […]

2 ways to support our winter storm sampling program!

November 20, 2013

The Sierra Fund is launching our first crowdfunding campaign!  Click here to go to the campaign page to view a quick video about the project, fun photos of our sampling team, and how to share our story and help us build supporters for this great work. The Sierra Fund’s science team is ready and willing […]

Informational Meeting on Legacy Mining Impacts in Nevada County – rescheduled to Nov 4

October 18, 2013

RESCHEDULED:  This meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, November 4, 7:00pm.  This meeting was postponed due to the federal government shutdown, but has now been rescheduled to Monday, November 4th at 7:00 pm.  The meeting location is still at the Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 North Pine Street in Nevada City.  Contact Amber Taxiera if […]

TSF’s health outreach campaign: Community Meeting in Nevada City on Oct 8

September 4, 2013

The Sierra Fund’s pilot health campaign has now brought information about mercury in fish, and how to advise patients, to doctors and nurses from nine clinics and public health offices in the northern Sierra.  Most recently, we provided two continuing medical education courses to health professionals in Grass Valley with participation from both the county […]

Spread the good information about mercury in fish

July 16, 2013

Good information on mercury in fish has been under attack over the last couple months. In response to several skewed opinion articles published in regional news outlets, The Sierra Fund has compiled this fully referenced piece:  Like it or Not, Mercury in Gold Country Fish – 7.15.13 Please circulate to those who need to know […]

Petition to support Indigenous People and a global mercury treaty

November 7, 2011

From California Indian Environmental Alliance Click here to sign this petition! Mercury is a toxic substance that pollutes our environment through airborne releases from coal-fired power plants, cement manufacturers, incinerators, and large and small scale mining operations that contaminate soil, surface and groundwater. Mercury drains into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Almost all of our […]

Legal Petition Demands Stricter Protections from Mercury in Fish for Women and Children

June 23, 2011
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Seafood Remains Top Source of Mercury Exposure in United States From 20 June 2011, SAN FRANCISCO — Environmental and consumer organizations filed a legal petition today asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implement stricter regulations to protect women, children and people who eat fish from mercury in seafood. The petition seeks a […]

This is a grassroots effort – please donate!

December 4, 2010

Reclaiming the Sierra is a grassroots initiative, conducted by nonprofit community foundation The Sierra Fund.  It is supported by a few key grants from foundations and agencies, and by generous donations, large and small, from concerned citizens like you. Donations from individuals support important aspects of our program, and help leverage the attention and resources […]

Calculate your mercury exposure

December 3, 2010

Use the mercury calculator at to estimate whether you may be consuming dangerous levels of mercury in the fish you eat.  Just enter your weight, type of fish and the amount you will eat during a week, and click the calculator button. Calculations are based average mercury levels in each kind of fish, from […]