Reclaiming the Sierra

2017 Sacramento River Charter Boat Tour

Sierra to Sea: A Watershed-Wide Legacy of Mercury Contamination

Wednesday, May 10

Tour packet and speaker handouts are now available online. Click here to view.

Participants were able to round out their Reclaiming the Sierra 2017 conference experience with a three hour tour up the Sacramento River by charter boat on Wednesday, May 10, departing from Old Sacramento. See below for an outline of the tour schedule and speakers.

After two full days of plenaries, technical presentations and workshops, tour participants collaboratively digested the event while soaking up the scenery on Woody’s River City Queen.

The goal of the tour was to visualize the impacts of legacy mining on the Bay/Delta ecosystem and infrastructure, and draw connections between upstream remediation and downstream benefits. The Sierra to Sea Tour built on previous conference tours that featured mine-impacted landscapes in the upper-watershed: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park (one of the largest hydraulic mine sites in California), Combie Reservoir (behind which mercury laden sediment is accumulating) and the Yuba Goldfields (a 10,000 acre area made up of 19th century hydraulic mining debris).

A tour by charter boat helped participants understand the connectivity between the headwaters and the Bay, and how cleaning up contamination upstream will benefit those downstream.

The three hour tour left from the Riverfront Dock in Old Sacramento at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 10. Boarding began at 9:30 am, one half hour prior to departure. A lunch buffet and non-alcoholic beverages were included in tour registration, at a cost of $120. A no-host bar was available during lunch. The Sierra to Sea Tour was not included with the purchase of a One Day or Two Day Conference Pass.

Sierra to Sea Tour Schedule

9:30 amBoarding Begins
Riverfront Dock, Old Sacramento
10:00 amBoat Departs
Charting Upstream on the Sacramento River
10:15 amTour Speaker: Peter Green, Ph.D.
University of California Davis
Upstream Mercury Mines
10:45 amTour Speaker: Jay Davis, Ph.D.
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Mercury in Aquatic Food Webs
11:15 amTour Speaker: Lauren Baehner
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, CA Department of Public Health
Human Exposure and Fish Consumption Advisories
11:30 am - 1:00 pmLunch Buffet with No-Host Bar
1:00 pmTour Ends
Riverfront Dock, Old Sacramento