Reclaiming the Sierra

A response to Senator Gaines: Sound science explains the Sierra mercury problem

June 22, 2011

By: The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, and Science Director Carrie Monohan, Ph.D. We would like to provide some information in response to Senator Ted Gaines’s statements about mercury in his June 12 letter in the Sacramento Bee, “Another View: Dredging ban steals property rights” (June 12, 2011), which was written in response 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 […]

Suction Dredge SEIR comment period to be extended

April 6, 2011

Public review of the draft regulations and Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report began on February 28, 2011. Please see Department of Fish and Game’s website for EIR documents and more information. Currently the public review period for these documents is scheduled to end on April 29, 2011. However, this deadline must be extended in order […]

Mining Policy Bills Introduced into CA Legislature 2011 Session

March 4, 2011

Summary by Elizabeth Martin, The Sierra Fund Five proposals that impact mining have been introduced in the California state legislature this year. The following is a brief description of each bill. SB 657, Gaines: Vacuum or suction dredge equipment SB 657 would repeal the prohibition on the use of vacuum or suction dredge equipment that […]

USGS releases new reports on mercury in the South Yuba River and impacts of suction dredge mining

January 28, 2011

Mercury contamination in California’s South Yuba River Implications for recreational gold mining From United States Geological Survey Newsroom Released: 1/25/2011 6:00:00 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gold dredging that disturbs fine-grained, mercury-laden sediment in California’s South Yuba River can allow higher amounts of mercury to enter the environment, potentially threatening food webs far downstream. Higher concentrations […]