It's something worth doing in California, even if just to give the bureaucrats a problem! I wouldn't mind being on the Kalamath river banks when an enforcement officer responds to a complaint and tries to work out what's actually going on.
One thing about the Americans is that they don't always roll over and submit meekly just because government makes a decree. I understood that some dredging has continued on the Kalamath since the ban.
All the best for the New Year ... and I hope it's a good one for you! Rob (RKC)
"One thing about the Americans is that they don't always roll over and submit meekly just because government makes a decree."
I would have to say i saw much evidence of the statement on a visit to the USA in 2011!
While Dredging in Idaho in July / August i happen to hear of an event that took place on the River!
A raft guide happen to float by a family that were actively engaged in legal law abiding suction dredging! The guide being a ratbag environmentalist from California, gave a 10 year old female who was using a 3" dredge a very vocal and abusive attack, he tried to sway the raft full of passengers against dredging, She was accused of environmental destruction!
The Raft then preceded downstream and the young girl told her father who was 6 foot under midstream with his 5" what occurred! Within an hour a local gold dredge mining expert was made awhere of what had occurred on the River. Within a further hour the entire dredging community knew of the event!
A formal complaint was made against the raft company and the guide! The local sheriff was willing to run him out of town! I think if it where possible to ban someone from entry to a single State for the term of his life it would have been done too!
The ratbag environmentalist came and made a formal apology to the family for the attack on Gold Dredging! ;D
The next day the raft guide was telling the tourists about how good the gold dredgers where for removing mercury and lead from the River! He also told them that the miners where continuing an American Dream, by supporting themselves from the efforts of their mining enterprises on the River!
As a visiting guest miner from another land i was held in very high regard in that River Valley, i somehow earned the title of,"The Outlaw"!
Well in the wild west i take that as a compliment!
It seems that during the 2012 season the anti mining activists have been very busy within Idaho! Many newspaper articles in the Idaho Statesman newspaper were printed in support of the outlandish claims that the activities of suction Dredge mining are destroying Idaho's Rivers?
I am pretty certain the Idaho Dredgers won't be giving up their mining any time soon!
The USA is one proud Nation!
I just hope they can overthrow there BS Government soon!
PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULEMAKING TO AMEND THE SUCTION DREDGE PERMITTING PROGRAM REGULATIONS
Pursuant to section 11340.6 of the California Government Code, Cal. Gov. Code § 11340.6, the Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, Institute for Fisheries Resources, Karuk Tribe, Friends of the River, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Foothill Angler’s Coalition, North Fork American River Alliance, Upper American River Foundation, Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, Environmental Law Foundation, and Klamath Riverkeeper (collectively “Petitioners”) as interested parties hereby petition the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”) to amend section 228 of the Suction Dredge Permitting Program regulations (“2012 regulations”), 14 C.C.R. 228, as provided herein. The proposed amendments ensure vacuum and suction dredge equipment is regulated as required by the California Fish and Game Code. §§ 5653 et. seq. Miners are using vacuum and suction dredge equipment in violation of the 2012 regulations and the statutory requirements. CDFW staff arbitrarily authorized unregulated use of vacuum and suction dredge equipment contrary to guidance on the Department’s website. The proposed amendments remove the component list from the definition of suction dredge mining, ensure that all permits issued under the 2012 regulations are accompanied by a finding of no significant impacts, and ensure that all fees collected fully cover the cost of administering the program.
Emergency Rulemaking Approved for Suction Dredge Mining in California
The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) today approved an emergency rulemaking to amend an existing regulation defining suction dredge mining. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife proposed this action earlier this month to close an apparent loophole that may have allowed activity that goes against the spirit of the legislative moratorium prohibiting the use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment for instream mining.
On June 28, 2013, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved an emergency regulation proposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) that changes the definition of "suction dredging" and the "use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment" for purposes of Fish and Game Code section 5653. With OAL approval and related filing with the California Secretary of State, the new regulation is now in effect.