Reclaiming the Sierra

Proposed Suction Dredge Regulations Released for Public Review

February 23, 2012

From Department of Fish and Game On February 17, 2012 the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) released proposed regulations for suction dredge mining in California. DFG released an earlier draft of these regulations for public review in February 2011. The public comment period for the proposed regulations closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March […]

Petition to support Indigenous People and a global mercury treaty

November 7, 2011

From California Indian Environmental Alliance Click here to sign this petition! Mercury is a toxic substance that pollutes our environment through airborne releases from coal-fired power plants, cement manufacturers, incinerators, and large and small scale mining operations that contaminate soil, surface and groundwater. Mercury drains into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. Almost all of our […]

ACTION ALERT: Protect Current Mine Reclamation Law

September 27, 2011

SACRAMENTO, 26 September 2011 – Mines currently considered abandoned by the State of California could get a “pass” from having to meet the requirements of current mine reclamation law, thanks to a bill now sitting on the Governor’s desk. SB 108 (Rubio) consists of highly technical amendments to abandoned mine reclamation standards. The bill passed […]

ACTION ALERT: Suction dredge moratorium language on Governor’s desk

July 25, 2011

SACRAMENTO, 25 July 2011 – On July 14 the budget “trailer” bill, AB 120, was sent to Governor Brown for his signature. Among many other provisions, this bill adds clarification to the state Department of Fish and Game’s budget regarding the issuance of suction dredge mining permits. The Governor has until approximately July 26 to […]

Call to Action: Final public hearing on Proposed Suction Dredge Mining Regulations Tuesday May 10

May 4, 2011

Call to Action: Final public hearing on Proposed Suction Dredge Mining Regulations Tuesday May 10 9am at the Resources Agency in Sacramento Next Tuesday, May 10 at 5:00 pm is the deadline for public comment on the Environmental Impact Review of proposed suction dredge mining regulations. The last public hearing on this topic begins at […]

ACTION ALERT: Suction Dredge bill scheduled for hearing on April 12

April 6, 2011

The Sierra Fund urges No on SB 657 (Gaines): Maintain the moratorium on recreational suction dredge mining Please take action now—tell your elected officials to maintain the moratorium on recreational suction dredge mining. A sample letter and contact information follows this summary of the bill. SB 657 (Gaines) is scheduled to be heard in Senate […]