The brochure was created as a follow up to The Sierra Fund’s two studies on human exposure to legacy mining toxins.
The widespread distribution of toxins associated with the Gold Rush, including mercury, arsenic and lead, constitutes the oldest and longest neglected environmental problem in the State of California.
Since 2006, the Reclaiming the Sierra Initiative has worked to address the ongoing human health, cultural and environmental impacts of historic mining in the Sierra Nevada.
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.
The Sierra Fund’s ongoing project, the Gold Country Angler Survey, and the CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment general advisory for CA lakes and reservoirs that is included in this brochure.