Dredging regs debated
4/30/2012 10:27 AM
The two sides battling over suction dredging for gold in the state’s rivers don’t agree on much. But both environmental and pro-mining voices are decrying the new regulations recently released by the state on the activity.
Gold-hunting enthusiasts and some local officials say the California Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to limit dredging permits to 1,500 is excessively strict. At the same time, the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center has joined a multi-party lawsuit trying to block the regulations saying they don’t go far enough and will lead to degradation of the state’s waterways.
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