On Saturday, April 13, The Sierra Fund launched our annual effort to post fish consumption advisories at popular water bodies in the Sierra where they apply. This effort seeks to increase access to information about which locally caught fish are safe to eat, and which fish should be avoided due to mercury contamination. Mercury in […]
A new study by UC Santa Barbara researchers Michael Singer, Lee Harrison and colleagues from the University of Michigan has identified how flooding frequency and duration affect mercury biogeochemistry along a 40-mile stretch of the Yuba/Feather River system. They found that about 5 percent of the total mercury in this lower section has the potential to become toxic. Their research appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Volunteer to post fish consumption advisories at local lakes and reservoirs: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9am~5pm (Ending times will vary). The Sierra Fund, in collaboration with South Yuba River Citizens League and Wolf Creek Community Alliance, is organizing a community volunteer effort to post state-issued fish consumption advisories at local lakes and reservoirs, and we need your help! Help us post educational signage to give anglers the best information regarding healthy choices on sport fish consumption, specifically which fish caught from these water bodies are best for eating, and feeding their families.
This 216-page report and 8-page executive summary are the result of the first phase of The Sierra Fund’s Malakoff Diggins Project, more than five years of collaborative science-based data collection, research, and analysis at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park (MDSHP), part of the California State Parks system.
Last week, The Sierra Fund hosted a free public event, “Mercury and Human Health: An informational summit on the impacts of mercury exposure through fish consumption” in the California State Capitol Building. Attendees included medical doctors, public health experts, policymakers and others. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jane Hightower, a San Francisco […]