The Sierra Fund’s report Mining’s Toxic Legacy is the first comprehensive evaluation of what happened during the Gold Rush. This 85-page report, published in March 2008, includes: the cultural, health, and environmental impacts of the 19th century extractive era; the obstacles that lie in the way of addressing these impacts; and a strategic plan of action for cleaning up the Sierra Nevada, the headwater source of more than 60% of California’s drinking water.
“The Gold Rush changed California demographics as indigenous people were dislocated and mining towns appeared and disappeared across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A less recognized consequence of the California Gold Rush was the massive environmental destruction that took place, which still plagues the Sierra today.”Alex Keeble-Toll, M.A., M.Sc., Administrative Director
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
The Abandoned Mine Alliance