Reclaiming the Sierra

The Sierra Fund’s Mercury Health Summit a Success

May 7, 2014

Last week, The Sierra Fund hosted a free public event, “Mercury and Human Health: An informational summit on the impacts of mercury exposure through fish consumption” in the California State Capitol Building.  Attendees included medical doctors, public health experts, policymakers and others.  The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jane Hightower, a San Francisco […]

Informational Meeting on Legacy Mining Impacts in Nevada County – rescheduled to Nov 4

October 18, 2013

RESCHEDULED:  This meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, November 4, 7:00pm.  This meeting was postponed due to the federal government shutdown, but has now been rescheduled to Monday, November 4th at 7:00 pm.  The meeting location is still at the Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 North Pine Street in Nevada City.  Contact Amber Taxiera if […]

Statewide fish consumption advisory issued for CA lakes and reservoirs

August 5, 2013

The Sierra Fund is pleased to announce that last week, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) finally released “safe eating guidelines” for fish from all of California’s lakes and reservoirs that do not already have site-specific guidelines pertaining to them. This is great news because it means that a long-standing information gap has […]

EPA Finalizes California’s List of Polluted Waters, mercury in Sierra fish is a main concern

November 7, 2011

The following is excerpted from the 10/11/11 EPA Region 9 press release For more information, contact: Nahal Mogharabi, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov For a local analysis of this information by the Union newspaper, see article below: “Many county waterways contain unsafe levels of mercury in fish” Trends Include 170% Increase In Toxicity Listings Since 2006 SAN FRANCISCO, 11 […]

New study by Dr. Hightower and Prof. Brown shows high mercury in fish jerky

October 31, 2011

From Central Valley Business Times 31 October 2011 – Concentrations of mercury have been discovered in some fish jerky that averaged five times the U.S. government action levels, according to research at California State University, Chico. The mercury research was conducted by physician Jane Hightower of San Francisco, author of the book, “Diagnosis Mercury: Money, […]

TSF releases new health education materials

September 27, 2011

As a follow up to our two recent studies on human exposure to legacy mining toxins, The Sierra Fund has produced new educational materials with precautionary guidelines for people who live, work or recreate in the Sierra. Two new brochures, “Abandoned Mines, Dust and You” and “Fish, Mercury and You” are now available for distribution. […]

TSF Releases New Study on Mercury Exposure in the Sierra

May 19, 2011
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May 19, 2011 – As sunshine and warm breezes finally reach the Sierra Nevada Foothills, anglers across California reach for fishing poles, line, bait, and tackle. And as people head to their favorite fishing holes, half have one other thing on their mind: dinner. According to the Gold Country Angler Survey, a new study by […]

TSF to present results of our Gold Country Angler Survey May 17

April 6, 2011

The Sierra Fund Science Director Dr. Carrie Monohan is on the agenda for the May 17, 2011 meeting of the Delta Tributaries Mercury Council. Dr. Monohan will present findings from TSF’s 2009-2010 Gold Country Angler Survey, which interviewed anglers at Sierra Nevada waterbodies to learn about their fish consumption and potential exposure to mercury. Delta […]