Reclaiming the Sierra

Workshop: Abandoned Mines and the Conservation Movement

This workshop was held at The Sierra Fund’s annual conference “Reclaiming the Sierra: A Community Summit on Mining Impacts” November 8-9, 2010 in Nevada City, California.

Workshop Notes

Synopsis: Conservation organizations involved in trail building, wetlands development or acquisition of wilderness lands are not fully aware of the many serious environmental and public health threats posed by abandoned mines.   This panel will explore the challenges of bringing awareness about abandoned mines to the conservation movement.   Facilitator David Brownstein, Wolf Creek Community Alliance

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Jason Rainey, South Yuba River Citizens League: The impact of legacy mercury from gold mining on the effort to remove Englebright Dam to restore fish passage in the Yuba, and their work with CalFed to characterize this mercury contamination

Ellison Folk, Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP: Abandoned mine remediation efforts and liability issues and what she learned as part of “The Abandoned Mine Alliance” formed in the early 2000’s, and the reluctance of mainstream environmental groups to work on abandoned mine issues

Elizabeth Russell, Trout Unlimited: Why TU started working on abandoned mine lands cleanups, and the liabiilty issues and Good Samaritan tools that have been successful in their work.