This fish consumption advisory information applies to all lakes and reservoirs in California without site-specific advice, which is the vast majority of lakes in the Sierra.
The Sierra Fund worked with agency staff at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and Department of Public Health to develop this advisory poster for Sierra anglers, which consists of the state-issued fish consumption advisory for these lakes and reservoirs.
This brochure covers precautionary measures to take when choosing which locally-caught fish to eat. The brochure was created as a follow up to The Sierra Fund’s two studies on human exposure to legacy mining toxins. High levels of mercury are common in certain species of fish in the Sierra Nevada. Mercury is known to cause serious health problems, especially for developing children and babies.
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 a pilot health outreach program to bring these findings to Sierra communities.
NEW! This ten-page report outlines goals, activities, and lessons learned from The Sierra Fund’s 1-year pilot outreach program about environmental health threats associated with abandoned mines. Goals of the program were to prevent and reduce exposure to mercury from locally caught fish in Sierra communities; to raise awareness about mercury in the fish and other […]
This handout introduces the background and projects of The Sierra Fund’s Reclaiming the Sierra Initiative.
This handout illustrates how the majority of California’s surface water and the majority of the state’s historic mines are located in he Sierra Nevada.
The Sierra Fund created this brochure and fully-referenced fact sheet to illustrate the main points of our “Get the Mercury Out” campaign, which aims to increase funding for legacy mine cleanup in California.
This conceptual illustration, developed by The Sierra Fund, shows two main mercury cleanup targets for California: upland abandoned mines and downstream reservoirs.
This brochure provides an overview of The Sierra Fund’s Reclaiming the Sierra Initiative, which works to address the ongoing impacts of legacy mining in California.
The physical dangers to recreationists at abandoned mine sites are well known, but the hazards associated with exposure to heavy metals in dust at abandoned mine sites are not well understood. This pilot study identified contaminants of concern (COC) at popular recreation areas around Downieville, Nevada City, and Foresthill, CA.
This brochure covers precautionary measures to take when recreating around legacy mine sites, where there is potential heavy metals in dust. The brochure was created as a follow up to The Sierra Fund’s two studies on human exposure to legacy mining toxins.
The Sierra Fund’s Gold Country Angler Survey was a study that interviewed anglers at local fishing locations, to learn whether they were being exposed to mercury by eating the fish they catch.
Results of the Gold Country Angler Survey indicated that approximately half of anglers at Sierra water bodies plan to eat what they catch that day, and nearly all report eating locally caught fish sometime in the last year.