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 this 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 headwaters for more than 60% of California’s drinking water.
Also available for dowload: 8-page Executive Summary
This report was created from over two years of research and review, working with partners from state, federal, and tribal governments as well as from the academic, health, and environmental communities.
Mining’s Toxic Legacy’s Executive Summary, for a shortened version.