Reclaiming the Sierra

Mercury expert to speak on human health impacts, May 2 in State Capitol

April 21, 2014

Jane Hightower, MD, author of the exposé Diagnosis: Mercury, will be the keynote speaker at an event highlighting the ongoing human health impacts of mercury in California’s environment. Dr. Hightower, a national expert on mercury, will speak about her research into the health impacts of consuming mercury-contaminated fish, with a special focus on the irreversible […]

Reservoir Siltation Studies Proposed

April 14, 2014

Senator Fran Pavley, Chair of the California Senate Natural Resources Committee, has introduced SB 1259, a bill that if passed and signed by the Governor would: Require the Department of Water Resources to gather data for review of the loss of storage capacity behind dams resulting from siltation; Require that siltation studies include an evaluation […]

Arsenic Technical Course and Field Trip, June 15-16

April 11, 2014

The Sierra Fund’s partners at USGS are hosting a short technical course on arsenic in Nevada City on June 15-16, 2014.  This course is being conducted in conjunction with the prestigious Goldschmidt2014 conference. Details and contact information are provided below, in this PDF about the workshop, this PDF about the tour, or on the Goldschmidt2014 […]

Video of Monday’s Assembly Oversight Hearing on Mercury

March 27, 2014

The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth Martin and Science Director Dr. Carrie Monohan testified at the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing “Mercury Contamination:  Toxic Legacy of the Gold Rush” on Monday, March 24. They were among a dozen experts on the issue that participated in the hearing. The hearing is available for viewing at:  […]

Thanks AmeriCorps Members Amber and Karen!

March 12, 2014
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The Sierra Fund’s Reclaiming the Sierra program has been greatly enriched over the last year by our participation in the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership. In recognition of national AmeriCorps week, we are taking the opportunity to share some fun photos of our two fantastic AmeriCorps members:  Research Assistant Karen Atkins and Outreach Coordinator Amber Taxiera. […]

Hold the Date for Reclaiming the Sierra 2014, our bi-annual conference

December 4, 2013
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Reclaiming the Sierra 2014: The New Gold Rush will be held September 11 & 12, 2014 in Grass Valley, CA. The Sierra Fund’s bi-annual conference, hosted at the heart of the glitter and devastation of what was California’s original Gold Rush, is the state’s primary venue for collaboration and action around addressing the ongoing effects […]

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 […]

Full funding recommended for TSF’s $5.5 million CABY region proposal

November 13, 2013

The CABY region’s implementation proposal to the CA Department of Water Resources, for which The Sierra Fund is the lead applicant and fiscal sponsor, has been recommended for full funding.  The proposal package includes a dozen projects in the CABY IRWM region including needed water infrastructure, innovative small hydroelectric projects, and mine lands and meadow […]

TSF participates in “State of the Science” Mercury Workshop at EPA Region 9

November 13, 2013

On September 28, 2013, The Sierra Fund was the only nonprofit present at a workshop on mercury cleanup technologies hosted by EPA Region 9 in San Francisco. CEO Elizabeth Martin opened the all-day workshop by framing the historic and ongoing impacts of mercury pollution on California’s communities.  Later, our Science Director Dr. Carrie Monohan was […]

Photos and presentations now available from TSF’s Nov. 4 informational meeting

November 13, 2013

Photos and slides from two of the presentations from The Sierra Fund’s informational meeting on legacy mining impacts are now available. Click these links to view slides from Carrie Monohan’s Fish & Dust presentation and Jason Muir’s presentation on the Stocking Flat Assessment on Deer Creek. Photos can be browsed on The Sierra Fund’s Facebook […]