Full funding recommended for TSF’s $5.5 million CABY region proposal

The CABY region’s implementation proposal to the CA Department of Water Resources, for which The Sierra Fund is the lead applicant and fiscal sponsor, has been recommended for full funding.  The proposal package includes a dozen projects in the CABY IRWM region including needed water infrastructure, innovative small hydroelectric projects, and mine lands and meadow […]

CA Water & Abandoned Mines Maps (Handout)

This handout illustrates how the majority of California’s surface water and the majority of the state’s historic mines are located in he Sierra Nevada.

Get the Mercury Out (Brochure & Fact Sheet)

The Sierra Fund created this brochure and fully-referenced fact sheet to illustrate the main points of our “Get the Mercury Out” campaign, which aims to increase funding for legacy mine cleanup in California.

Strategic Mercury Cleanup Targets (Handout)

This conceptual illustration, developed by The Sierra Fund, shows two main mercury cleanup targets for California: upland abandoned mines and downstream reservoirs.

2012 Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings and follow up materials from Reclaiming the Sierra 2012:  Green $olutions to Abandoned Mines, including PowerPoint presentations, notes, and much more! Click here for conference program Click here for conference abstracts

TSF Comments on Suction Dredge Regulations (2012)

In March, 2012, The Sierra Fund commented on new regulations by the Department of Fish and Game regarding suction dredge mining. Click here to read TSF’s comments.

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.

TSF Suction Dredge SEIR Comments (2011)

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

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.

2010 Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings and follow up materials from Reclaiming the Sierra 2010, including PowerPoint presentations, notes, and much more are available here. Click here to view the conference program. Click here to download the 2010 conference proceedings.

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.

TSF Comments on Idaho-Maryland Mine DEIR (2009)

In January of 2009, The Sierra Fund comments on the Idaho-Maryland Mine Project Draft Environmental Impact Report, and gave recommendations to the City of Grass Valley.