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 – 8:00 pm at the Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley.

TSF staff will give lightning talks on four identified environmental health issues: mercury in fish; dusty recreation and heavy metal exposure; water quality and access; and wildfire and air quality. A panel of local experts will be asked to respond and to identify resources to confront these issues. Confirmed panelists include:

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Tom Last, Community Development Director, City of Grass Valley
Amy Irani, Director, Nevada County Department of Environmental Health
Shelly Covert, Spokesperson, Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria & Executive Director, California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP)
Susan Rogers, Vice Chair, Coalition of Firewise Communities

Ample time will be provided for attendees to engage in conversation, ask questions and describe their perception of environmental health challenges and opportunities in our region. Light refreshments and free childcare will be provided. We hope that you will bring the whole family to learn more and participate in promoting the environmental health of our communities.

Thank you to the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health for co-sponsoring and participating in this event.

What: FREE Environmental Health Summit hosted by The Sierra Fund
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945

About TSF’s Environmentally Healthy Communities Program

The objective of this program is to improve overall community health by reducing exposure to legacy mining contaminants and to engage under-represented and disadvantaged community members in projects that improve their access to clean water and safe fish consumption choices.