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5/6/08: Mining links

THE REPORTS FROM THE VARIOUS PRESENTERS CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING LINK:  http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/committee/c26/hearings/2008hearings.htm
The reports are listed below.

Winged Mercury and the Golden Calf
Dark side of the gold rush legacy
Minings Toxic Legacy Report by the Sierra Fund
Report Minings Toxic Legacy; Iniative to Address Toxins in the Sierra released today (3/4/08)
The full report, "Mining's Toxic Legacy" can be found at the following address: http://www.sierrafund.org/campaigns/mining

The California Wellness Foundation funds The Sierra Fund's Gold Mining's Toxic Legacy Project


NEVADA CITY , CALIFORNIA -- The Sierra Fund is pleased to announce that The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) has awarded a $200,000 grant to their Gold Mining's Toxic Legacy Initiative. Created in 1992 as an independent, private foundation, The California Wellness Foundation's mission is to improve the health of people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.
    The Initiative will provide environmental health education and screenings for Sierra Nevada residents affected by mining toxins. It will also work with partners including health professionals, tribal leaders, conservation leaders and others to build public support for much greater resource investment in monitoring, assessing and remediating mining toxins.
    This grant funds Phase 2 of our initiative, originally launched in June 2005 with support from The California Endowment.  Over the last two years The Sierra Fund has developed a working Gold Ribbon Panel of community leaders and experts that have developed a strategic plan for addressing the environmental and health legacy of the gold rush.  An agency panel of scientists and policy experts have provided expertise and insight into this plan. The plan will be released in early 2008.  The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund and True North also supported Phase 1

March 4, 2008, Joint Hearing of Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, and Natural Resources Committees

Hearing Topic:   Public Land and Water Contamination Issues Related to Historic Gold Mining in California

Agenda: PDF format
Background: PDF format
State Water Resources Control Board: PDF format
Department of Conservation Abandoned Mines: PDF(factsheet)
The Sierra Fund Presentation - Mining's Toxic Legacy: PDF format
US Geological Survey Presentation - Effects of Historic Gold Mining on Water Quality and the Environment in California: PDF format
Department of Fish and Game, Water Branch Chief Carl Wilcox Testimony: PDF format
San Francisco Estuary Institute Environmental Scientist Jay Davis, Ph.D. Testimony: PDF format
Fish Mercury Project Highlights Report: PDF format
California Department of Public Health Testimony: PDF format
USDA Forest Service - In Brief: Abandoned Mine Lands on Calif. National Forests: PDF format
Dr. Carrie Monohan, Staff Scientist, Friends of Deer Creek - Mining Toxics on locally held public lands: PPT format


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