NEWLY UPDATED! This document contains summaries of four studies conducted by The Sierra Fund to learn about the environmental health exposure potential associated with abandoned mines in the Sierra Nevada, and an outreach program to reduce exposure.
In 2006, The Sierra Fund, in partnership with California State University Chico, conducted a survey of Sierra clinics. This study found that not one of 13 surveyed clinics included information on mercury in fish as part of their maternal/infant health programs, whether caught locally or not. Additionally, the study learned that none of the clinics surveyed administer an environmental health history form, so it is difficult to connect current health problems to environmental exposures.
In order to address this lack of information and provide a springboard for more research,The Sierra Fund conducted three pilot studies in 2009 and 2010. This report summarizes findings and recommendations from these studies, in order to encourage continued research into these potentially serious health exposures.