Kids love first ever Fishing for Fun, Saturday May 21


Fishing for fun and finding facts was the theme of a family event held at Seaman’s Lodge on Saturday May 21. During the afternoon at Pioneer Park, a family-oriented educational event provided information on which locally caught fish are safe to eat and which are better caught and then released due to high mercury. This event was held in conjunction with the second annual Post It Day volunteer event to post state issued fish consumption advisories at regional water bodies.

We’re moving….

As of June 1, 2016 The Sierra Fund will have a new home! Please note the change of address to our new offices at 103 Providence Mine Road, Suite 101, Nevada City, CA 95959.  All other contact information remains the same. We look forward to celebrating our new space with you later in the year.

Operations Manager position open at TSF

The Sierra Fund is currently seeking an experienced Operations Manager to join our team of passionate and dedicated staff in our Nevada City office. The Sierra Fund has seen impressive growth of our programs and philanthropic services in recent years. We are proud and excited to be able to offer a new position for an […]

Join us tomorrow for Fishing For Fun: A Family Affair – Saturday May 21 at Pioneer Park


Family fishing season is almost here! Bring the whole family to Pioneer Park, on Saturday, May 21 for the first ever Fishing for Fun, A Family Affair, offering games, activities, an ice cream social, and important information about healthy fish consumption for families. The Sierra Fund, South Yuba River Citizens League and Wolf Creek Community […]

TSF invited to present to CA Environmental Caucus and Delta MERP


Earlier this month, TSF was honored to be invited to make a presentation to California Environmental Legislative Caucus of the State Senate and Assembly on water quality impacts of abandoned mines. Separately, though on the same day, TSF staff also gave a presentation to the Delta Mercury Exposure Reduction Program (MERP) on our experience conducting public outreach about the human exposure potential to legacy mining pollution in the Sierra. We are thrilled that the abandoned mine and mercury issues in the Sierra are getting the attention they deserve from statewide leaders, and the TSF’s outreach efforts around mercury in the Sierra are proving a useful model for other regions in the State.

We’re honored to be SYRCL Partner of the Year!


The Sierra Fund was deeply honored to be recognized as the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) partner of the year, at their State of the Yuba event last week.  TSF staff and board members were in attendance, along with many supporters of our watershed.  Thanks SYRCL for another great event, and all you do […]

California Mining Reform Law signed by Governor Brown


Governor Brown signed into law two significant pieces of legislation aimed at improving enforcement of California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA). The Governor signed SB 209 (Pavley) and AB 1142 (Gray), two complementary bills that together represent significant reform to SMARA. SB 209 and AB 1142 together make numerous changes to the state surface mining provisions regarding reclamation plans, financial assurances, annual inspections, and enforcement.

SMARA Reform Bills Advance in Senate and Assembly

Two important new pieces of legislation to improve implementation and enforcement of surface mining in California are poised to be taken up as soon as next week on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, almost the final step before heading to the Governor’s desk for his signature. SB 209 (Pavley) and AB 1142 (Gray) have both moved ahead with support from a diverse set of interested parties including county supervisors, mining industry advocates and conservationists.

New study of mercury fate and transport in Lower Feather and Yuba Rivers

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.

Environmental Working Group releases findings from mercury study

Environmental Working Group’s new study of over 250 women indicates that “US fish advice may expose babies to too much mercury.” EWG’s newly completed study enrolled 254 women who eat at least two meals of seafood, fish or shellfish every week and measured the amount of mercury in their hair to assess how much mercury was in their bodies. EWG’s study found that almost 30 percent of their participants had too much mercury exposure according to Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for pregnant women.

San Juan Ridge Mine application closed

The Sierra Fund has long followed the proposed reopening of the San Juan Ridge Mine in Nevada County and advised community members including the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association in order to ensure that potential impacts are mitigated in the reclamation plan.  The application for a new mine permit has now been closed by Nevada […]

TSF CEO Izzy Martin receives James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award


The Sierra Fund CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin was honored to be presented with one of the James Irvine Foundation’s 2016 Leadership Awards for her efforts to protect the Sierra Nevada region and one of California’s most precious resources – water. This prestigious award is made in recognition of individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant issues in California. Izzy was one of five awardees this year, and one of the few individuals working on water quality issues to have ever received the award.