Informational Meeting on Legacy Mine Impacts in Placer County

Informational Meeting on Legacy Mine Impacts in Placer County 

On February 20th, 2014, The Sierra Fund will present information to the public about impacts of historic mining  in Placer County.   Dr. Carrie Monohan will present Fish and Dust: Legacy Impacts from the Gold Rush, an overview of two studies The Sierra Fund completed to assess human exposure to heavy metals: the Gold County Angler Survey and the Gold County Recreational Trails Assessment. This meeting will also present tips on how to avoid exposure to legacy mercury and other heavy metals related to historic mining in this area, including arsenic, lead, and asbestos.

This informational meeting, which is hosted by The Sierra Fund, will take place on Thursday February 20th, 2014, at 7:00pm in the Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall, 24601 Harrison Street in Foresthill.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Specific meeting topics include results of the Recreational Trails Assessment at the Marall Chrome mine site located within the Foresthill OHV Trail System and an overview of preliminary steps taken by the Forest Service to address public exposure at the site.  The meeting will also cover important new fish consumption advice that women under 45 and families with young children should be aware of.

The Sierra Fund is a non-profit based in Nevada City that serves the Sierra Nevada region. The Sierra Fund has been working since 2006 to address the ongoing pollution from historic mining including research on public exposure pathways, and outreach to clinics and the general public.

This meeting is being hosted in conjunction with the North Fork American River Alliance, North Area Sportsman’s Association, Upper American River Foundation, Sac-Sierra Trout Unlimited and Sierra Club Placer Group.

UPDATE 2/26: Click here to read more Post event and to see copies of the presentation slides

For information about The Sierra Fund’s program to address legacy mining impacts visit and for general information about the organization visit