TSF and BLM explore partnerships on mine remediation pilot projects

by Mike Thornton

The Sierra Fund is pleased to be furthering our working relationship with Bureau of Land Management Folsom Field Office.

Staff from The Sierra Fund met with Field Manager William Haigh and Peter Graves at our Nevada City office on Wednesday October 22. As you might expect, BLM’s Folsom District, which stretches across the Gold Country, is heavily impacted by legacy mining and Peter Graves was recently hired as fulltime staff to work on Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) problems in the district.

During the meeting, we exchanged information and contacts, but more importantly began a process that could eventually lead to cooperation on a pilot AML remediation project. As part of our “Mining’s Toxic Legacy” Initiative The Sierra Fund will be engaging partners across the Sierra to identify, assess, complete and evaluate several pilot remediation projects. These projects will be crucial to develop models for addressing the myriad issues that need to be dealt with when it comes to AML cleanup, including not only science and technical issues, but also liability and funding.

For more information on The Sierra Fund’s “Mining’s Toxic Legacy” Initiative contact Mining Project Organizer Mike Thornton via email mike.thornton@sierrafund.org or by phone 530-265-845 ext. 10.