Reclaiming the Sierra

Presentations

Select Presentation Slides and Filmed Workshops are available below:


Reclaiming the Sierra Tonight Show

Legacy Mines, California and the World
Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, The Sierra Fund; Greg Valerio, international fair trade gold activist; Marie Berry, Washoe Tribe – NV&CA; Frances Spivy-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board; and Mark Nechodom, Ph.D., CA Department of Conservation


Opening Plenary

Introduction and Welcome
Gary Parsons, Board Member, The Sierra Fund


Enduring legacy of toxic fans via episodic redistribution of California Gold Rush debris
Michael Singer, Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland


Estimating Reservoir Sedimentation in California
J.Toby Menier, Ph.D., US Geological Survey


Overview of Conference Tracks
Elizabeth Martin and Carrie Monohan, Ph.D., The Sierra Fund


Prioritization of Remediation Efforts Track

Track Introduction and Overview
Stephen McCord, Ph.D., McCord Environmental


Technical Presentation: Downstream Prioritization through Modeling: Yolo Bypass and Delta Mercury Modeling
Carol DiGiorgio, Department of Water Resources


Technical Presentation:  Upstream Prioritization through Modeling: Sierra Nevada Mercury Impairment Project
Charles Alpers, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey


Technical Presentation: Bird’s Eye View: Tools for Prioritizing AML Sites across the State
Glenda Marsh, Department of Conservation Abandoned Mine Lands Program


Technical Presentation: Local Government Opportunities to Lead AML Prioritization Efforts
Alexandria Keeble-Toll, The Sierra Fund


Prioritization Track and Best Available Techniques Track Joint Panel Discussion


Best Available Techniques Track

Technical Presentation:  Spectroscopic Methods for Arsenic Characterization
Andrea Foster, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey


Removal of mercury from surface waters using in situ coagulation
Jacob Fleck, United States Geological Survey


Technical Presentation: Statewide Mercury Control Program for Reservoirs: Potential Management Practices for Reducing Fish Mercury Levels
Michelle Wood, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board


Technical Presentation: Standards for Responsible Mine Reclamation
David Chambers, Ph.D., Center for Science in Public Participation


Prioritization Track and Best Available Techniques Track Joint Panel Discussion


Multiple Benefits Track

Workshop 1: Multiple Benefits of Sediment Removal from Reservoirs

Reservoir Storage Recovery
Remleh Scherzinger P.E., Nevada Irrigation District


Reservoir Sedimentation
Ajay Goyal, Chief, Department of Water Resources


River Deposit Recovery Processes
Alberto Ramirez, Teichert Materials


Multiple Benefits of Sediment Removal from Reservoirs Workshop Q&A


Workshop 2: Definition of E3 Gold Standards

Sherri Norris, California Indian Environmental Alliance


Greg Valerio, international fair trade jewelry activist


Changing the rules for the mining industry: THE INITIATVE FOR RESPONSIBLE MINING ASSURANCE
Jennifer Krill, Earthworks


Blueprints for First Nations Resource Autonomy: Reforming Mining Law in British Columbia
Amy Crook, Fair Mining Collaborative


Workshop 3: E3 Gold Market Analysis and Early Development

The Ethical Jewelry Overview
Marc Choyt, Fair Jewelry Action


Martin Taber, Ethical Metalsmiths


Alberto Ramirez, Teichert Materials


Improving Mine Reclamation Track

Workshop 1: Pre-SMARA Legacy Mine Remediation Challenges and Opportunities

California DOC/OMR Abandoned Mine Lands Program
Glenda Marsh, Department of Conservation Abandoned Mine Lands Program


Sierra Nevada Conservancy Abandoned Mine Lands Program
Julie Griffith-Flatter, Sierra Nevada Conservancy grant program


Coast Range Legacy Mines Corona & Twin Peaks Mine Drainage Treatment A Case Study: Remediating mine waste and ongoing discharges from three mercury mines on private property
Bob Schneider, Tuleyome


Workshop 2: SMARA Mine Permitting and Reclamation Issues

Mining Stakeholders
Pat Perez, Director, Department of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation


Gary Parsons, San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association


William Craven, Senate Natural Resources Committee


SMARA Mine Permitting and Reclamation Issues Workshop Q&A


Workshop 3: Water Bond Implementation Issues and Opportunities

Jena Price, California League of Conservation Voters


Prop 1 Implementation
Keali’i Bright, Resources Agency


Alf Brandt, Legislative Director, California Assemblymember Anthony Rendon’s Office


Conference Synthesis Panel

Stephen McCord, Ph.D., McCord Environmental; Kendra Zamzow, Ph.D., Center for Science in Public Participation; Adrienne Alvord, Union of Concerned Scientists; and John Regan, founding Board Member of The Sierra Fund