Jul 10, 2012, 02:34 AM
I have no idea what all of this means
but I have a bad feeling it will not favor our ability to mine in most capacities...
The legislature and Governor have enacted SB 1018. A part of this legislation applies to suction dredge mining, and that excerpt is attached.
The law now requires the Department of Fish and Game to report to the legislature on or before April 1, 2013 on suggested legislative changes and a fee structure. The previously established date of June 30, 2016 for the end of the current moratorium on suction dredge mining has been removed.
The Department has not yet determined the exact steps or time-frame for meeting the requirements of this legislation. Further, You may already know there are also several existing lawsuits which are likely to affect the future of suction dredge gold mining. For these reasons, the Department cannot predict when, or if, suction dredge will be lawful in California or when permits may be available to interested miners.
Many miners have inquired about other methods of mining including, though not limited to, highbanking, power sluicing and gravity dredging. We have advised them on a case by case basis of potentially applicable sections of the Fish and Game Code, particularly sections 1602 and 5650. You should also know that these activities may be subject to the authority of the appropriate Regional Water Quality Control Board. Information on this topic is available at State Water Resources Control Board . If you have questions about the authority of the Regional Water Quality Control Board I suggest you contact them directly. You can determine the appropriate office at the following website State Water Resources Control Board.
Senior Policy Advisor
California Department of Fish and Game
601 Locust Street
Redding, CA 96001
"The most inspiring thing about gold, is not the value, but under magnification, the true beauty of each piece. They are truly like snowflakes that never melt." Oakview2
Jul 10, 2012 02:34 AM
Jul 10, 2012, 10:24 AM
Means we are screwed and didnt even get a kiss!
M.X.T , Tesoro Tejon
"A pen in the hand of this president is far more dangerous than a gun in the hands of 200 million law-abiding citizens."
Jul 10, 2012, 10:28 AM
Conservative Cherokee "WP" (Wolf Pack 4Ever)
Jul 11, 2012, 04:34 AM
Yes. You cannot suction dredge. That is defined as operating a pump, hose, and sluice box -at the same time- in the river,..