Reclaiming the Sierra

Victory: TSF-sponsored legislation SB 143 (Rubio) passes legislature

August 28, 2012

Legislation that The Sierra Fund sponsored to strengthen the Surface Mining and Reclamation Action, Senate Bill 143 (Rubio), passed the CA Senate floor yesterday with 26 aye votes, 10 no votes and 4 not voting. “The Sierra Fund and the Governor’s office worked closely with Mr. Rubio in developing this bill, and we are thrilled […]

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 […]

Reclaiming the Sierra 2012 a success!

May 8, 2012

8 May 2012 – Locals and regional experts alike came together last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City to look at the ways abandoned mines impact California, and what can be done to address these impacts. Reclaiming the Sierra 2012:  Green $olutions to Abandoned Mines, drew more than 150 attendees […]

Suction Dredge Moratorium Extended!

July 27, 2011

Yesterday, July 26, 2011, Assembly Bill 120 was approved by Governor Brown. Among many other measures, the bill imposes important new factors into the process to create new regulations for suction dredge mining. This is a victory for California’s environment, and we congratulate and thank all the organizations and individuals who have worked so hard […]