This brochure covers precautionary measures to take when recreating around legacy mine sites, where there is potential heavy metals in dust. The brochure was created as a follow up to The Sierra Fund’s two studies on human exposure to legacy mining toxins.
The Sierra Fund’s Gold Country Angler Survey was a study that interviewed anglers at local fishing locations, to learn whether they were being exposed to mercury by eating the fish they catch.
Results of the Gold Country Angler Survey indicated that approximately half of anglers at Sierra water bodies plan to eat what they catch that day, and nearly all report eating locally caught fish sometime in the last year.
Nearly every form of government in the historic mining regions of California experiences some sort of impact from legacy mining. This document summarizes the key issues that confront local government officials with legacy mining in their jurisdiction, and provides an outline for how to meet the ongoing challenges they face.
A “Mining Toxins Working Group” was formed from leading scientists, regulators, health professionals, local government officials, tribal leaders and conservationists. The Mining Toxins Working Group met for three days to discuss the most effective way to support education, outreach, leadership and collaboration between government, business, and scientific community in an effort to address the many facets of mining’s toxic legacy in California.
The Sierra Fund created this document to summarize the key issues that confront nonprofit organizations facing legacy mining issues in their communities. The Primer answers three key questions: What are the modern-day effects of historic mining in the Sierra Nevada? Why do nonprofit organizations need to be aware of these impacts? What can nonprofits do to respond to legacy mining hazards in their communities?
Working with partners from state, federal, and tribal governments as well as from the academic, health, and environmental communities, The Sierra Fund’s report Mining’s Toxic Legacy is the first comprehensive evaluation of what happened during the Gold Rush, including: 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.