Mercury: From the Sierra to the Delta… and beyond! Izzy Martin The Sierra Fund

Embed Size (px)

Text of Mercury: From the Sierra to the Delta… and beyond! Izzy Martin The Sierra Fund

  • Slide 1
  • Mercury: From the Sierra to the Delta and beyond! Izzy Martin The Sierra Fund
  • Slide 2
  • We do this through: The mission of The Sierra Fund is to increase and organize investment in the natural resources and communities of the Sierra Nevada. Water Bond Mining Law Reform Fiscal Sponsorships Donor-Advised Funds Litigation Loans Addressing impacts of legacy mining
  • Slide 3
  • Detail from Brass Seal West side of Capitol: Miner and Mercury Flask
  • Slide 4
  • Mining left a lasting legacy from the Sierra to the Sea
  • Slide 5
  • Champion Mine (had 4 mercury retorting sheds) Circa 1890 The mine tailings were discharged directly into Deer Creek, outside of Nevada City, CA
  • Slide 6
  • More than 96% of the total mercury loading to the Bay-Delta comes from the streams and rivers of the Sierra Nevada and the Inner Coast Range (Wood et al., 2010). Figure From: SWRCB April 23, 2014 Mercury Programs Update
  • Slide 7
  • Map of Abandoned Mines in California California Department of Conservation 2007
  • Slide 8
  • Ranking of Mining- Impacted watersheds in the Sierra Nevada Province of the California Bay-Delta Authority Watershed Source: CA Department of Conservation, 2003
  • Slide 9
  • Slide 10
  • Slide 11
  • Slide 12
  • Slide 13
  • Hiller Tunnel, draining the pit, discharging during 2012 rain storm into Humbug Creek Humbug Creek discharging into the Yuba River. Mercury travels on suspended sediment to the delta
  • Slide 14
  • Hydraulic Mining debris in the Bear River above Combie Reservoir
  • Slide 15
  • POLICY OPPORTUNITY New focus on removal of mercury contaminated sediments while expanding water storage capacity SB 1259 (Pavley) to study sediment in reservoirs/water bond dialogue Rollins Reservoir, choked with Hydraulic mining debris November 2013
  • Slide 16
  • Join our Campaign to from the Sierra to the Sea
  • Slide 17
  • Elizabeth Izzy Martin [email protected] (530) 265-8454 x11 www.sierrafund.org