Shutdown postpones Sierra Fund event |

Shutdown postpones Sierra Fund event

As the federal government shutdown continues into its second week, the repercussions in Nevada County continue to be felt.

The Sierra Fund, a local nonprofit dedicated to analyzing and raising awareness about the environmental legacy of mining operations in the Sierra Nevada, was set to deliver an informational meeting Tuesday night.

However, the federal shutdown will prevent two of the keynote speakers from participating, meaning the organization will reschedule the informational event to an as-yet-unspecified date, said Kerry Morse, director of communications for The Sierra Fund.

“This is another frustrating example of how the federal government shutdown affects our community,” Morse said. “The Sierra Fund has spent so much time and effort planning this meeting for our community, pulling together expert presenters from the United States Geological Society and the Bureau of Land Management and publicizing the meeting. We have gotten an enthusiastic response from our community about the information being presented. Now, everyone is disappointed.”

Members of the two federal agencies were slated to present the results from environmental assessments conducted at the Deer Creek Stocking Flat area, Hirschman’s Pond and the Lonesome Lake area on the San Juan Ridge.

Stocking Flat is on BLM property located just downstream from the Tribute Trail bridge.

The USGS completed a recent assessment of mine-related contaminants on the aforementioned properties and an elevation of mercury contamination in fish from Hirschman’s Pond.

“When the meeting is held, speakers will be available to answer questions about their studies and how to avoid exposure to legacy mercury and other heavy metals related to historic mining in this area, including arsenic and lead,” Morse said.

For information about The Sierra Fund’s program to address legacy mining impacts and notification of when the meeting will be rescheduled, visit and for general information about the organization visit

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or call 530-477-4239.

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