Reclaiming the Sierra Conference

Reclaiming the Sierra 2019: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction

October 16-18, 2019 – Grass Valley, CA

A conference to catalyze action around a regional strategy to abate the impacts of mercury  – from the Sierra to Sea.

Reclaiming the Sierra returns to the historic gold country for its fifth biennial conference, the West’s primary venue for showcasing innovation in assessment and reclamation of mine scarred landscapes. The focus of this year’s three-day event is TSF’s comprehensive strategy to address four key mercury contamination targets in the Sierra Nevada.

Reclaiming the Sierra 2019 offers a platform for progress toward a more resilient future at the nexus of cutting edge science, forward-thinking policy and state of the art technology. This event draws hundreds of leaders in the fields of science, policy, research, environmental regulation, water quality, consulting, mining, public health, and environmental advocacy.

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The source and transport of mercury in Sierra Nevada watersheds, from hydraulic mine sites to foothill reservoirs and beyond, has detrimental implications for ecosystem resiliency and community health.

Four strategic targets for addressing headwater sources of mercury will be explored at the two-day event: (1) Hydraulic Mines and Mine Features, (2) Mercury-Contaminated Sediment in Reservoirs, (3) Mercury in Forest and Land Management, and (4) Mercury Exposure through Fish Consumption.

The first day of the conference will feature technical presentations that encourage robust discussion of each specific strategic target. The second day will include a tour designed to provide participants with a tangible, on-the-ground opportunity to discuss mercury abatement.

Reclaiming the Sierra 2019 builds on over a decade of research to understand the legacy of historic mining and to catalyze action for headwater management that reduces impacts from mine-scarred lands while promoting the resiliency of natural and human resources from the Sierra to the sea. This has been distilled into a specific and detailed strategy document that outlines actions and projects to reduce mercury discharge. The strategy is supported by a wide range of conservation, government, and academic organizations.

Reclaiming the Sierra 2019: Headwater Mercury Source Reduction is set to take place October 17-18 at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley, California.

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