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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

State Water Board Approves Mercury Control Strategy for Fish in Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins

July 25, 2011

From the State Water Resources Control Board SACRAMENTO, 21 June 2011 – The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has approved a strategy designed to ultimately reduce the amount of mercury and methylmercury impacting fish inhabiting the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley […]

New Sierra Water Bodies Listed as Impaired for Mercury

December 3, 2010

23 November 2010 – The California Regional Water Quality Board recently released an updated 303(d) list designating even more Sierra Nevada streams and reservoirs as being impaired for mercury. The vast majority of mercury contamination in the Sierra results from the large scale use of mercury in historic gold mining operations. Contaminated sediment from the […]