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Environmental Health Summit: A free public discussion in Grass Valley about environmental health in the Gold Country

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The Sierra Fund is ready 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 from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley, according to a release.

The Sierra Fund 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:

Tom Last, community development director, city of Grass Valley

Amy Irani, director, Nevada County Department of Environmental Health

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Shelly Covert, spokesperson, Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria and executive director, California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project

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. The Sierra Fund hopes that attendees will bring the whole family to learn more and participate in promoting the environmental health of the community.

About the 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.

For more information visit http://www.sierrafund.org

Source: The Sierra Fund.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Free Environmental Health Summit hosted by The Sierra Fund

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13

WHERE: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley

INFO: For more information visit http://www.sierrafund.org

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