The objective of this program is to improve overall environmental community health by reducing public exposure to legacy mining contaminants and engaging under-represented and disadvantaged community members in projects to improve their access to clean water and safe fish consumption choices.
In order to build environmentally healthy communities throughout California, TSF needs to continue to lead the statewide dialogue about the need to finally assess and address the lasting legacy of the Gold Rush and to protect the health of residents of our state.
TSF has researched, assessed and described two primary pathways of public exposure to mining toxins: either from dusty activities such as working on or riding dirt bikes on legacy mine tailings, or by consuming wild caught fish. The impacts of these exposures are disproportionately borne by disadvantaged community members that rely on wild caught fish to supplement their diet. We believe that it is critical to educate residents and visitors to the region about ways that they can prevent exposure.
Read more about our Environmentally Healthy Communities Projects here:
- Environmental Health Outreach
- Mercury Trainings for Healthcare Professionals
- Environmental Health History Surveys
- Recreational Trails and Abandoned Mines Assessment
- Due Diligence for the Acquisition of Mine-Scarred Lands
- Grass Valley Brownfields Outreach
- BLM Deer Creek Project
- Sierra Fish Tissue Study
- Gold Country Angler Survey
- Posting Fish Consumption Advisories
- Disadvantaged Community Needs Identification
Our Vision for Supporting Environmentally Healthy, Resilient Communities – making sure all people who live and work in the Sierra have the tools they need to protect themselves and their families from exposure to legacy mining toxics.
Legacy Mining Impacts – The problem and the solution.
Human Health – Invisible health threats are associated with abandoned mines—arsenic, lead and asbestos in processed mine rock, and mercury in fish.
Mercury in the Sierra – How did mercury get here? And what to do about it.
Frequently Asked Questions – For concerned citizens.