Abandoned Mines, Dust and You (Brochure)

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.

TSF’s Comments on Suction Dredge Program Budget (2011)

In June 2011, The Sierra Fund, along with a variety of partners, drafted a letter to Governor Brown in a successful effort to retain budget language that pertained to suction dredge mining.

Gold Country Angler Survey (2011)

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.

TSF Suction Dredge SEIR Comments (2011)

In May 2011, The Sierra Fund commented on a supplemental Environmental Impact Report pertaining to suction dredge mining.

Primer for Local Government Officials (2010)

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.

Building a Mining Toxins Working Group: A Blueprint for California

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.

Primer for Non-Profit Organizations (2010)

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?

Suction Dredge Compliance Report (2009)

In 2009, The Sierra Fund (TSF) staff interviewed federal land managers from the Sierra Nevada where recreational suction dredge mining for gold occurred, to learn how regulations of this sort of mining were enforced.

Mining’s Toxic Legacy Report (2008)

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.