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A Good Read On The Effects Of Suction Dredging
Monday, 16 November 2009

State Water Resources Control Board
Division of Water Quality
P.O. Box 100
Sacramento, California 95812-0100
Fax: 916-341-5620
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June 6, 2007

Dear Board Members,

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to comment on the water quality aspects of small-scale suction dredge mining.

As I have searched the scientific literature for studies on the effects of small-scale suction dredge mining on the environment I have learned that the preponderance of the published research studies have been directed towards assessment of its effect on the biology of the streams and rivers. In nearly every instance the results have concluded that the effects were less than significant.

Dredging on California rivers By Patricia Wiggins
Sunday, 15 November 2009

The dangers of dredging on California rivers
Saturday, March 07, 2009
By Patricia Wiggins/In the Napa Valley Register
Some environmental problems are abstract, affecting places far away and species rarely seen. Others are as close as our supper plates.

The crash of salmon in California affects us all. This once-abundant fish, famed for huge king salmon in numbers so great they crowded our rivers, is now teetering at the edge of extinction.

Mineral Resources (NOT CHECKED) in Notice of Preparation / Initial Study
Saturday, 14 November 2009

When old gold miners have a hunch something of value is buried deep somewhere, they have the natural ingrained tenacity to keep digging, until they either go bust, drop dead, or find it. In reviewing this CEQA initial study report, and preparing written comments for submittal. I notice something, so obscure anyone but a seasoned old prospector would probably not take notice of, or take the time to inspect. Nor, for that matter make the effort to ferret out its worth, if any.

Carefully crafted legislation results in sound law
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Well thought out, and carefully crafted legislation results in sound law, and subsequent regulations that are rarely ever challenged, and almost never overturned. Simply because they are meticulously legal in all aspects, from the very start. If, or when judicial review of well founded law, or regulation is initiated, judges generally have an simple task in finding the facts of the matter, governing law, and making correct expeditious judgment.

An Old Gold Miner Venting about the state of dredging in CA
Saturday, 07 November 2009

What becomes plain to anyone knowledgeable in the area of federal lands, and mining law, in reading, and trying to respond to this initial study report.

Is that DFG themselves & the company that they contracted to compile, and perform the EIR, lack a basic understanding of fundamental law, and facts governing federal public domain & mining on it.

Endangered Species Act Finally Meets the Fifth Amendment
Friday, 06 November 2009

By: M. David Stirling
“nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Fifth Amendment of the Constitution

Last December, the Bush administration quietly settled a landmark lawsuit involving a federal trial court judgment that the government’s enforcement of the Endangered Species Act had violated the constitutionally-protected property rights of farmers in California’s Central Valley. The judge had ordered the government to pay $26 million in damages, including interest, for the undelivered water — under the settlement, the government agreed to pay $16.7 million. Even though settlement of a trial court judgment is not precedent-setting (only appellate court decisions establish precedent), we now have, for the first time since ESA became law, a court ruling that government’s ESA enforcement triggers the Fifth Amendment’s “just compensation” provision.

Environmental Lawsuits Rake in Billions for Lawyers
Wednesday, 28 October 2009

This article is interesting, and may provide a motive for environment groups to file law suits ($$$).

By Jake Putnam

Cheyenne--During harsh economic times, rancher Karen Budd-Falen reached the breaking point on a day last fall. Falen had read about a huge court settlement the Federal Government paid out to a non-profit environmental and after talking to the ranchers in the Western Legacy Alliance, it set her off.

California politicians blunder
Thursday, 08 October 2009

It is absolutely established that a valid unpatented placer mining claim is in fact a Statutory Federal Grant of “private property” derived from 30 U.S.C. § 21-54. All unpatented placer mining claims situated in California are on federally owned lands, under jurisdiction of the USFS, or BLM. Otherwise none would exist, as federal land is the only place an unpatented mining claim can be initiated, and held.

Suction Dredging has positive impact on Fish Habitate
Sunday, 28 June 2009

ImageMy position on California Senate Bill 670 (Which proposes to close Suction Dredging in all CA waterways), is that the propsed bill assumes there is impact based on opinion. Even with the existing scientific evidence, the EIR from the early 1990's and many other scientific papers. We can only hope that our law makers become educated with the facts, and uphold the existing regulations.



You can't mine if you can't access public lands
Thursday, 26 February 2009

ImageThe U.S. Forest Service is in the process of closing many roads on public lands in (2009). That means if you can't access your claim on public lands you can't mine for gold, or fish or hunt, unless you walk there.


People for Public Lands needs your help NOW, Feb 2009!


Read more, I clipped a post from the PLP website, please read this article by clicking on the title.


I have personally donated $100 today, I know it's not much, but it's all I can afford right now, and plan to donate more in the coming months.

True Stories Of The Forty-niners
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Found this website surfing the Internet and thought other gold miners would enjoy reading True Stories and Diaries from the gold rush era. The diaries from 1849 and 1850 were of paticular interest to me, because it referenced real life experiences of the miners.



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