Public Comment Open for SWRCB Beneficial Uses and Mercury Provisions

As of January 3, 2017, the Draft Staff Report, including the Draft Substitute Environmental Documentation (Draft SED), is available for the proposed Part 2 of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries of California – Tribal and Subsistence Fishing Beneficial Uses and Mercury Provisions (the Provisions). The State Water […]

Trace Metals Sampling Course POSTPONED

UPDATE: This class has been postponed and will be rescheduled in spring 2017 The Sierra Fund’s Science Director Dr. Carrie Monohan will co-instruct a course on sampling for trace metals using the “Clean Hands/Dirty Hands” method with Amanda Royal of Brooks Applied Labs. Know and Go: What: Full-day sample collection training course, titled Collecting and […]

Governor’s Budget Includes Funding to Improve Water Quality and Storage

Governor Brown’s budget proposal, released Tuesday, includes funding for an innovative project underway at the Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) Combie Reservoir that improves water storage, water quality and fish habitat. The Budget calls for $6.13 million to be invested in the project to “develop facilities to remove and treat mercury laden sediment derived from abandoned […]

Governor’s Budget Includes Funding for Historic Mine Remediation at State Parks

Governor Brown’s proposed 2017/2018 budget includes a $14.5 million investment to protect water quality from historic mining activities at three state parks including Mt. Diablo State Park, Empire Mine State Historic Park, and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. These funds can be used for “permit monitoring, sampling, study, evaluation, alternative analysis, implementation, and maintenance of […]

Public Workshops on Protecting Water Quality from Suction Dredging

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is holding five public workshops in January and February 2017 to solicit input on potential actions the SWRCB can take to protect water quality from suction dredge mining. For the dates and locations of the public workshops, click this link, or see below. The problem: Suction dredge mining […]

Last Month to Submit an Abstract to RTS 2017

The deadline to submit an abstract to Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwater Resiliency is quickly approaching! January 31, 2017 is the last day to submit research to the West’s primary conference to showcase innovation in assessment and reclamation of mine scarred landscapes. The Sierra Fund is seeking research projects that address headwater resiliency through cutting […]

TSF’s 2016 Accomplishments

The Sierra Fund celebrated our 15th anniversary this month, along with all that we’ve accomplished in 2016 to further our mission to increase and organize investment in protecting and restoring the natural resources and communities of the Sierra Nevada. Our move to a beautiful new office in June has supported TSF’s collaborative and scientific activities […]

Support TSF While You Shop!

This holiday season is the perfect time to support The Sierra Fund when you shop locally at SPD Markets, or online at Or, if you’re looking for designer jewelry, Reflective Images will donate 20% of all sales to The Sierra Fund! Benefit TSF while grocery shopping at SPD Markets It’s easy! Simply pick up […]

TSF Presence at Multiple Conferences

The Sierra Fund staff has been busy this holiday season attending and preparing for multiple conferences, including the 9th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference, the 2016 Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) Biennial Conference, and the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference December 12 – 16 in San Francisco, CA.

CEO Izzy Martin receives sabbatical award

On September 20, 2016 The Sierra Fund’s CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin traveled to Los Angeles to be honored as one of eight leaders who were awarded this year’s California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Award. This is the second leadership award that Martin has received in the last year. In early 2016 she was one of five […]

Thanks to early sponsors of Reclaiming the Sierra 2017

The Sierra Fund is pleased to announce our early conference sponsors for Reclaiming the Sierra 2017: Headwaters Resiliency, May 8-9, 2017 at California State University, Sacramento. Thank you to the following agencies and businesses: Title Sponsor: California Department of Conservation, Office of Mine Reclamation California State University, Chico, Geological and Environmental Sciences Department Teichert Materials […]

Welcome back, Kelsey, as staff

The Sierra Fund is pleased to welcome Kelsey Westfall to the team as a staff member, in the position of Outreach Coordinator and Policy Assistant. Kelsey served two years with The Sierra Fund as an AmeriCorps member, through the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) program. During this time, she launched TSF’s Post It Day event, […]