Reclaiming the Sierra

New Federal EPA policy works to shield “Good Samaritan” mine cleanups from Clean Water Act liability

January 22, 2013

The US EPA recently released new guidance for organizations and individuals working to clean up abandoned mines. This is a big step forward in addressing the liability obstacles to abandoned mine cleanup. Click here to read the official EPA Memorandum, or read an article from the Denver Post, below. EPA, Sen. Udall launch push to […]

What the Sierra Nevada Conservancy can do about abandoned mines and mercury

December 6, 2012

MARYSVILLE, 6 December 2012 – The Sierra Fund CEO Izzy Martin briefed the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Board of Directors on abandoned mines and mercury issues in the Sierra at their December 5-6 meeting in Marysville. On December 6, she presented “Reclaiming the Gold Country: Opportunities for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy” which included background on […]

Updates on other CA 2012 mining legislation

July 11, 2012

In addition to our successful advocacy for suction dredge mining reform, The Sierra Fund has been working on two mining-related bills introduced in the current CA legislative session:  SB 143 (Rubio), which we support, would clarify the definition of an “idle” mine.  This bill was introduced at the request of The Sierra Fund in response […]

Global Mercury Treaty Updates from Punta del Este, Uruguay

July 10, 2012

Partner organization California Indian Environmental Alliance (CIEA) has provided the following three reports from the Indigenous People’s Caucus at “INC4” – the fourth session of the UN Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury.  This year’s session was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, from June 27 to July 2, […]

California Halts Harmful Suction Dredge River Mining

July 5, 2012

Budget Bill Saves Taxpayers Money, Protects Natural Resources SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday continued the current moratorium on the controversial gold mining technique known as “suction dredge mining” until the state develops regulations that pay for the program and protect water quality, wildlife and cultural resources.  The new law also directs […]

9th Circuit overturns suction dredge gold mining rulings

June 21, 2012

From the LA Times  Suction dredge gold mining along Northern California’s Klamath River must be reviewed by federal wildlife officials if threatened coho salmon might be harmed, the court rules. June 02, 2012|By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Recreational gold mining using suction dredges along Northern California’s Klamath River must be reviewed by federal wildlife […]

Breakthrough on Suction Dredge Mining Reform

May 24, 2012

Sacramento, CA – Two legislative budget subcommittees acted yesterday to ensure that suction dredge gold mining in California’s rivers will not be allowed to resume until rules are in place that protect the waterways from environmental degradation.  The Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees that oversee the budget of the CA Department of Fish and Game […]

Fish & Game Issues new suction dredge regulations – but they won’t take effect until July 1, 2016

March 29, 2012

NEVADA CITY, 29 March 2012 – The California Department of Fish and Game issued new regulations for suction dredge mining in California late Friday March 16, 2012. These regulations stem from a year-long rule-making process and were adopted just one day before the rule-making process either needed to be completed or started over again. The […]

TSF to Speak at Legislative Briefing on CA Abandoned Mines Next Week!

February 23, 2012

On March 1, 2012 The Sierra Fund CEO Izzy Martin will speak at the first in a series of legislative briefings sponsored by Sierra Club of California and the Protect California Campaign.  The briefing, “Mercury in Our Water: Still Suffering from the “Old” Gold Rush as the “New” Gold Rush Begins” will be held from […]

CEQA Scoping Meetings for Statewide Mercury Policy Scheduled

February 23, 2012

From the State Water Resources Control Board Water Board staff from around the state are working to develop a regulatory program to address mercury contamination in reservoirs in California. Four public scoping meetings have been scheduled around the state for March 2012. At the meetings, State Water Board staff will seek comments from the public […]