Reclaiming the Sierra

Malakoff Diggins Project

aaa-IMG_3705_4webSince 2011, The Sierra Fund has been working to assess and address the ongoing sediment and mercury discharge from one of California’s largest and most iconic hydraulic mines, Malakoff Diggins.  Goals of the project include reducing the harmful water quality discharge from the site, preserving its unique cultural values, and creating a model for scientific assessment and collaboration that can be replicated at similar sites across California.

Key partners on this project include State Parks, California State University Chico (CSU Chico), and the South Yuba River Citizens League.  Technical assistance is provided by The Sierra Fund’s Working Group of advisors (click here for a current list of Working Group members).  Cultural resources evaluation for the project has been conducted by Mark Selverston, M.A., RPA, archaeologist with the Anthropological Studies Center, California State University Sonoma.  Engineering evaluation and permitting expertise has been provided by Holdrege and Kull.

We are grateful to the project funders for making this work possible:  Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Bella Vista Foundation, and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.


The Sierra Fund’s Working Group of technical advisors consider Malakoff Diggins from the campground overlook