Reclaiming the Sierra

Hearing on Mercury in State Capitol – Monday, March 24

March 20, 2014

The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth Martin and Science Director Dr. Carrie Monohan are testifying at the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing “Mercury Contamination:  Toxic Legacy of the Gold Rush” on Monday, March 24.  The hearing will begin at 1:30 pm in the California State Capitol, Room 447. The DRAFT agenda for the hearing […]

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 […]

ACTION ALERT: Sign on to TSF’s letter to support funding for legacy mine cleanup

August 6, 2013

Join The Sierra Fund, Tuleyome, and a dozen other organizations to support new public funds to clean up California’s oldest pollution – mercury from legacy mines. The Sierra Fund has launched our “Get the Mercury Out” campaign to get funding to clean up legacy mines. Our current effort is a sign-on letter of supporters addressed […]

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 […]

Updates on other CA 2012 mining legislation

July 11, 2012

In addition to our successful advocacy for suction dredge mining reform, The Sierra Fund has been working on two mining-related bills introduced in the current CA legislative session:  SB 143 (Rubio), which we support, would clarify the definition of an “idle” mine.  This bill was introduced at the request of The Sierra Fund in response […]

Fish & Game Issues new suction dredge regulations – but they won’t take effect until July 1, 2016

March 29, 2012

NEVADA CITY, 29 March 2012 – The California Department of Fish and Game issued new regulations for suction dredge mining in California late Friday March 16, 2012. These regulations stem from a year-long rule-making process and were adopted just one day before the rule-making process either needed to be completed or started over again. The […]

TSF to Speak at Legislative Briefing on CA Abandoned Mines Next Week!

February 23, 2012

On March 1, 2012 The Sierra Fund CEO Izzy Martin will speak at the first in a series of legislative briefings sponsored by Sierra Club of California and the Protect California Campaign.  The briefing, “Mercury in Our Water: Still Suffering from the “Old” Gold Rush as the “New” Gold Rush Begins” will be held from […]

CEQA Scoping Meetings for Statewide Mercury Policy Scheduled

February 23, 2012

From the State Water Resources Control Board Water Board staff from around the state are working to develop a regulatory program to address mercury contamination in reservoirs in California. Four public scoping meetings have been scheduled around the state for March 2012. At the meetings, State Water Board staff will seek comments from the public […]

Proposed Suction Dredge Regulations Released for Public Review

February 23, 2012

From Department of Fish and Game On February 17, 2012 the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) released proposed regulations for suction dredge mining in California. DFG released an earlier draft of these regulations for public review in February 2011. The public comment period for the proposed regulations closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March […]

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 […]