Mercury Strategy for the Bay-Delta Ecosystem, January 26-28


Last week Dr. Monohan, Science Director at The Sierra Fund and Chico State Adjunct Professor, participated in a three day workshop in Sacramento at the Cal EPA building to update the 2003 Mercury Strategy for the Bay-Delta Ecosystem. The first day of the workshop focused on Sources of Mercury, the second on Biogeochemistry of Mercury, […]

Another case for SMARA reform in California

TSF CEO Elizabeth Martin and Ione Valley LAWDA co-founder Sondra West-Moore at Westhaven Ranch. 50 year old un-reclaimed mining scars are visible in the background.

In November, 2015, CEO Izzy Martin and Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Westfall traveled to Ione, California to meet Sondra West-Moore on the ranch she manages for her family. West-Moore co-founded the Ione Valley Land, Air and Water Defense Alliance (LAWDA). The organization was created to challenge plans for Newman Ridge Quarry, a 278-acre gravel mine to […]

RSVP for TSF’s Annual Winter Legislative Reception – February 17th


Please join the board of The Sierra Fund along with leaders from the Sierra Nevada and other conservationists for our Annual Winter Legislative Reception on Wednesday evening, February 17th at the Citizen Hotel 7th Floor Metropolitan Terrace, 926 J Street, in down town Sacramento. This year’s event is shaping up with great food, special honorees, […]

Collaborative presentation to CVRWQCB on December 10, 2015


On Thursday December 10th, The Sierra Fund Science Director Dr. Carrie Monohan, along with members of the CA Department of Parks and Recreation and Central Valley Water Board staff, gave a collaborative presentation to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board that was an overview of efforts to address ongoing mining impacts at Malakoff […]

Hold the Date: February 17 for TSF’s 8th annual winter legislative reception

Hold the date! The Sierra Fund’s annual winter legislative reception will be held: Wednesday, February 17, 2106 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Downtown Sacramento. This event is always a great party, and our 8th annual is shaping up to be one of the best yet. We’ll be announcing this year’s honorees in early January…!

TSF 2015 Accomplishments

Wow, 2015 was a big year for The Sierra Fund. From tours for Chinese regulators trying to learn from California’s mining history, to passage of key legislation, to our Reclaiming the Sierra conference to release of the first major report on our scientific research at the Malakoff Diggins hydraulic mine site, this has definitely been a year to write home about. Please take a moment to peruse this summary of our accomplishments here:

TSF provides tour for delegation of regulators from China’s Sichuan province


Last week, The Sierra Fund took a group of 22 delegates from the Sichuan Province in China on a tour of historic mining features in the Nevada City area.  These provincial staff from Sichuan’s equivalent of the Department of the Environment were on a tour of the U.S. to learn about mining policy and regulations. […]

SMARA Reform Bill (SB 209) shelved until 2016 legislative session


The Sierra Fund’s bill being carried by Senator Fran Pavley to amend the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) got all of the way through the Senate and to the floor of the Assembly before being put on a shelf until winter. This bill aims to improve enforcement of SMARA by lead agencies (usually cities and counties). Key elements of SMARA include ensuring regular and expert inspections, adequate financial mechanisms in place to support reclamation, and a good reclamation plan that is implemented when mining ends.

Welcome Alec, welcome back Kelsey, farewell Karen!


Fall marks the end and beginning of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership term of service.  Consequently, last month included a number of changes as we welcomed and said goodbye to the fantastic individuals who choose to dedicate a year of their lives to volunteer service in the Sierra Nevada. We said a fond farewell in […]

TSF speaks at California Water Commission hearing

The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth Martin addresses the California Water Commission at a hearing in Yuba City.

Last Wednesday, October 21 The Sierra Fund’s CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin spoke to the California Water Commission (CWC) at their public event in Yuba City. Through this evening event, the Commission was soliciting input on how to implement the water storage section of Proposition 1, including how to invest the more than $2 billion in the bond for increasing water storage in the state. Martin spoke about the potential to improve reservoir operation, increase water storage and enhance water quality and ecosystem resiliency by removing sediment that is clogging reservoirs in the Sierra Nevada.

Victory on suction dredge mining reform: Governor Brown signs SB 637


California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law Senate Bill 637 to protect California’s water supplies, wildlife and cultural resources from the damaging effects of destructive suction dredge gold mining. The new law requires that all small-scale miners using motorized suction pumps obtain a Clean Water Act Permit from the State Water Resources Control Board before mining in California waterways.

21st Annual Sierra Nevada Alliance conference a success

Last week, The Sierra Fund and other conservation organizations from across the Sierra gathered for this important annual convening.  CEO Izzy’s Martin’s keynote was a conference highlight! From the Sierra Nevada Alliance On September 25-26, 2015 over 120 Sierra conservationists attended the Sierra Nevada Alliance 21st Conference in Kings Beach, California. Attendees included local, State, […]