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Gold Country Coalition’s EPA Brownfield Assessment – public meeting on Feb. 17

The purpose of the Gold Country Coalition EPA Brownfields Assessment meeting is to share the results of an assessment of properties impacted by historic mining activities, and to review plans to cleanup sites where contamination was identified. Assessment was conducted on eleven properties in Nevada County totaling 386 acres; all of these sites were close […]

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Sierra Fund: President’s Executive Order on Climate Change is Good News for the Gold Country

January 29, 2021 – President Biden issued an Executive Order on January 27, 2021 on “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.”  This sweeping new order directs that, going forward, “climate considerations shall be an essential element of United States foreign policy and national security.” The Sierra Fund applauds this bold move. “Among other […]

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Governor Makes Strides in Promoting Equity for California First Nations and in Combatting Climate Change

NEVADA CITY, CA October 15, 2020 – Nevada City based nonprofit, The Sierra Fund, is pleased to report that last Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Governor Newsom signed an Executive Order that acknowledges the interconnectedness of California’s communities and economic sustainability with our natural and cultural resources. The executive order aims to address the biodiversity and […]

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Humbug Creek partially responsible for Yuba River plume – Learn more about the legacy of mining impacts on our watersheds this Wednesday

October 15, 2019 – Nearly three weeks after a major discharge event on the South Yuba River resulted in water quality impairment and a no-swim advisory issued by Nevada County Public Health, the exact cause has yet to be determined. This now infamous photo was taken Friday September 20, 2019 at the Highway 49 crossing. […]

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Free Public Discussion about Environmental Health in the Gold Country on Nov. 13

NEVADA CITY, Calif.October 30, 2018 – The Sierra Fund (TSF) is excited to invite those who live, work or play in Nevada County to attend a free evening of discussion about the unique environmental health challenges that impact Gold Country communities. The Environmental Health Summit will take place on Tuesday, November 13 from 6:00 – […]

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Public Invited to Informational Meeting about US EPA Brownfields Funding Awarded to City of Grass Valley

June 21, 2018 – The Cities of Grass Valley and Nevada City have been extremely successful in attracting federal funding to investigate underutilized properties for the presence of contaminants as a step in moving these lands toward sustainable reuse and redevelopment. Now they are teaming up with Nevada County under a new Brownfields Assessment Grant, […]

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Climate Change: Fire and Rain in California

NEVADA CITY, Calif. June 19, 2018 – The state’s headwaters are ground-zero for the impact of global climate change on California’s water and air. This policy paper by The Sierra Fund discusses the need for significant investment to address the forecasted impacts of climate change on forest fire and watershed health in the state. Introduction […]

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Volunteers post fish consumption advisories at popular fishing locations, with new permanent signage

NEVADA CITY, CA May 10, 2018 – On Sunday, May 6, sixteen volunteers, organized by nonprofit The Sierra Fund, traveled to popular fishing locations in the Sierra to post information about which locally caught fish are safe to eat, and which fish should be avoided because of mercury. Mercury is a persistent and pervasive remnant […]

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Governor Enacts Budget with Millions for Remediation Projects at Mine-Impacted Sites

NEVADA CITY, Calif. July 6, 2017 – California’s 2017/2018 budget, recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, includes funding for two projects in the Sierra that will help protect water quality and abate mercury contamination resulting from historic mining activities. TSF CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin commends the investments by the Governor and state departments, saying “this […]

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