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.
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
The Abandoned Mine Alliance