Reclaiming the Sierra

Detailed Agenda

Welcome to the detailed agenda for Reclaiming the Sierra 2012!

You may browse the agenda chronologically below, or use these links to skip to a certain section:

Thursday, May 3 Friday, May 4 Saturday, May 5
AM Workshop Sessions Tours Green Solutions Workshop
Early PM Workshop Sessions Films Community Workshops:

Late PM Workshops Sessions Reception

 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

8:00 am            Registration Opens, Exhibit Hall and Student Poster Session Open

———-coffee and light refreshments available all day———-

9:00 am           Opening Plenary Session, Osborn/Woods Hall

KEYNOTE:  Mark Nechodom, Director of CA Department of Conservation

“Green Solutions to Abandoned Mines” – Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO, The Sierra Fund

10:30 am         Morning Workshop Sessions Begin, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Policy & Coordination Workshops Case Studies & Remediation Technologies Policy & Legal Workshops
Addressing Administrative Challenges to Abandoned Mine Site Cleanup

Stephen McCord, Ph.D., McCord Environmental & Delta Tributaries Mercury Council

Greg Reller, Burleson Consulting

Transport of Mercury Past a Recreational Dam on Deer Creek in Nevada County, CA

Justin Wood, Sierra Streams Institute

PANEL:  Mercury and Reservoir Operations (1 hour)

Carrie Monohan, The Sierra Fund – facilitator

Tim Crough, Nevada Irrigation District

Andy Fecko, Placer County Water Agency

Stephen McCord, McCord Environmental & Delta Tributaries Mercury Council

Robert Shibatani, The Shibatani Group, Inc.

Mercury Old and New on the Kuskokwim

Kendra Zamzow, Ph.D., Center for Science in Public Participation

Reclaiming Hydraulic Gold Mine Sluice Tunnels

Rick Humphreys

Marrall Chrome Mine Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection, Tahoe National Forest

Rick Weaver, US Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest

A Short Course on CA Mining Law & CEQA (1 hour, for MCLE credit)

Ellison Folk, Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

Update on 1872 Mining Law Reform, and How it Pertains to Californians

Elyssa Rosen, Pew Charitable Trusts, Campaign for Responsible Mining

Update on CA Suction Dredge Mining Regulation, Legislation, Litigation

Steve Evans, Friends of the River

———-12:30 pm – Lunch———-

———-12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Students Present Posters at Poster Session———-

1:30 pm          Early Afternoon Workshop Sessions Begin

Case Studies & Remediation Technologies Case Studies Relevant to Technical Tours Healthcare Professionals Workshop
Proposed North San Juan Mine

Tim Callaway, Shasta Gold Corp

Revegetation for Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control in CA Mine Reclamation

Leah Gardner,  Office of Mine Reclamation

Remedial Technologies for Mine Wastes – an ITRC Web Based Guidance (1 hour)

Paul Eger, Golder Assoc., Inc.

Malakoff Diggins/Humbug Creek Watershed Assessment

Carrie Monohan, Ph.D., The Sierra Fund

Three Centuries of California Gold

Michael Miller, Original Sixteen to One Mine

Assessment of Mercury and Mine Waste Deposits at Stocking Flat in the Deer Creek Watershed, Nevada County, California

Charles Alpers, Ph.D., USGS

Alternative Methods for the Evaluation of Arsenic Bioavailability:  Reclaiming Mine-Scarred Lands While Protecting Human Health

Valerie Mitchell, Ph.D. and Perry Myers, CA Dept. of Toxic Substances Control

Installation and Operation of a Passive Treatment System at Empire Mine State Historic Park

William Agster, Golder Associates, Inc.

Mercury Health:  Information on Mercury in the Environment and the Human Body (1 hour, for CME or CNE credit)

Sherri Norris, California Indian Environmental Alliance

Angler Survey and Trails Assessment:  Two Studies on Gold Country Exposure to Mining Toxins

Carrie Monohan, Ph.D., The Sierra Fund

Environmental Health History Pilot Study at Sierra Clinics (pending)

Becky Damazo, R.N., California State University Chico

Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Program for Healthcare Providers

Anthony DeRiggi, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility

 

———-15 Minute Break———-

3:45 pm          Late Afternoon Workshop Sessions Begin, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Case Studies & Remediation Technologies Case Studies Relevant to Technical Tours
Semi-Passive Bioreactors for Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage

Timothy Tsukamoto, Ph.D., TKT Consulting, LLC

Engineered Pumpable pHoam:  A New Innovative Method for Mitigating Acid Rock Drainage

Paul Eger, Golder Associates, Inc.

Leona Quarry Reclamation:  Soil Treatments, Native Plant Revegetation & Long-term Monitoring

Patrick Reynolds, H. T. Harvey & Associates

Penn Mine Ecosystem Restoration Project:  Effective Soil Remediation and Revegetation Techniques on Pyritic Mineral Deposits at an Abandoned Copper and Zinc Mine

Max Busnardo, H. T. Harvey & Associates

Reclamation of the Spenceville Copper Mine

Stephen Reynolds, California Geological Survey

 

5:15 pm          “This is my Story and I’m Sticking to It” A skit in Maidu and English, Osborn/Woods Hall

Written and performed by Farrell Cunningham and students from the Maidu Language Class

6:00 pm           No-host reception at the Holbrooke Hotel and restaurant in Grass Valley

Friday, May 4, 2012

8:00 am            Registration Opens, Exhibit Hall and Student Poster Session Open

Tours begin – departure time and location vary depending on the tour:

  • 8:45 am – Malakoff/Humbug Tour – bus departs at 9:00 am, returns by 4:30 pm
  • 8:45 am – Spenceville/Goldfields Tour – bus departs at 9:00 am, returns by 4:30 pm
  • 9:00 am – Sixteen to One Tour – bus departs at 9:15 am, returns by 4:30 pm
  • 9:30 am – Magenta Drain/Empire Mine Tour – walking tour departs at 9:45 am, returns by 3:30 pm
  • 10:00 am – Tribute Trail/Stocking Flat Tour – walking tour departs at 10:15 am, return on your own

1:00 pm          Film Series 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Osborn/Woods Hall

1:00 pm – Gold, Greed & Genocide (30 min.)

Speakers: Don Ryberg, Chairman, Tsi-Akim Maidu and Sherri Norris, CA Indian Environmental Alliance discuss the making of Gold, Greed & Genocide and the outreach tour after the film was released

1:45 pm – Tar Creek (55 min.)

3:00 pm – Speaker: Derek Hitchcock on Mining in the Yuba Watershed and SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The following films are selections from SYRCL’s 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival:

  • Deep Down’s People Power Series: Mountain Roots (6 min.)
  • One Plastic Beach (8 min.)
  • Seasons: Winter (4 min.)
  • Marion Stoddard: The Work of 1,000 (30 min.)
  • Weed War (6 min.)
  • The New Environmentalists: The Rhino’s Flight (5 min.)
  • The Craziest Idea (7 min.)
  • Seasons: Spring (4 min.)
  • Chasing Water (18 min.)

5:00 pm          Reception –5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Stone Hall

Hosted wine, beer and appetizers; music

Sierra Crest Awards Presentation 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 3 Friday, May 4 Saturday, May 5
AM Workshop Sessions Tours Green Solutions Workshop
Early PM Workshop Sessions Films Community Workshops:

Late PM Workshops Sessions Reception

 Saturday, May 5, 2012

8:00 am            Registration Opens, Exhibit Hall and Student Poster Session Open

———-coffee and light refreshments available all day———-

9:00 am           “Green Solutions to Abandoned Mines” – Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO, The Sierra Fund

10:00 am         Green Solutions Workshop & Panel Discussions –Osborn/Woods Hall, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Framework for Responsible Mining – An Alaskan Perspective

  • Kendra Zamzow, Ph.D., Center for Science in Public Participation

Sustainable Remediation and Green Resource Extraction Practices of Acid Mine Drainage Sites

  • James Jacobs, Environmental Bio-Systems

PANEL:  Green Solutions to Abandoned Mines

  • John Lane, Chico Environmental Science and State Mining and Geology Board ((confirm))
  • James Pompy, California Dept. of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation
  • Karen Olsen Ramsey, Ramsey Studios
  • John Lane, Teichert Materials
  • James Jacobs, Environmental Bio-Systems
  • Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, The Sierra Fund

BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS:  Green Solutions to Abandoned Mines

10:00 am         Community Workshop:  Mercury and Fish –Stone Hall, 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Fraser Shilling, Ph.D., University of California, Davis will lead this workshop.  He will answer:

  • How did mercury get into the fish here?
  • Is it safe for me to eat the fish I catch?
  • Is it safe for my kids to eat the fish we catch? 
  • Where can I get information about which kinds of locally caught fish are safe to eat?

Gregory Weisswasser, N.D., Whitewater Naturopathic Medicine will answer:

  • How can I test my body for the presence of heavy metals?  
  • Who should get tested and who should seek treatment for heavy metal toxicity?

David McGuire, M.P.H., Got Mercury Program will answer:

  • Is it safe to eat fish I buy from the store?
  • Where can I get information about what kinds of fish that I buy are safe to eat?
  • How can I get involved in the movement to address mercury in fish?

11:30 am         Community Workshop:  Mine-Related Property Concerns –Osborn/Woods Hall, 11:30-12:45pm

Jason Muir, Holdrege & Kull will lead this workshop.  Some of the questions he will answer include:

  • What kinds of problems do abandoned mines cause for private property owners?
  • How do I know if there was an abandoned mine on or near my property? 
  • Is it better to not know if there was a mine on my property?   
  • How can I get my soil tested to learn whether there are heavy metals?

Chauncey Poston, Nevada County Real Estate will answer questions associated with purchasing property:

  • What are the responsibilities of agents and property owners to pass on information to prospective buyers?

Jason Fouyer, Cranmer Engineering, Inc. will answer questions including:

  • How do abandoned mines affect groundwater?
  • How can I get my well tested and what should I test for?
  • What can I do if I learn there are heavy metals in my well water?

———-1:00 pm – Lunch———-

———-1:30 pm – Student Poster Awards Presentation———-

——-Formal Conference agenda concludes at lunch, but Community Workshops continue——-

2:00 pm          Community Workshop:  What to Do if a Mine is Proposed in My Community? Osborn/Woods Hall, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

James Pompy, CA Dept. of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation will answer questions including:

  • What are the rules for siting a mine?
  • What mitigation measures or financial assurances does a mine have to put up before it opens?

Tom Grundy, CLAIM-GV

  • What are CLAIM’s concerns about the proposed Idaho-Maryland Mine (Grass Valley) & how were they voiced?
  • What is the current status of the Idaho-Maryland Mine proposal? 

Elyssa Rosen, Pew Charitable Trusts, Campaign for Responsible Mining

  • What are some examples of new or reopened mines?
  • What have people in those communities done to hold them accountable? 
  • How can I get involved in mining law reform? 
Thursday, May 3 Friday, May 4 Saturday, May 5
AM Workshop Sessions Tours Green Solutions Workshop
Early PM Workshop Sessions Films Community Workshops:

Late PM Workshops Sessions Reception