Reclaiming the Sierra

Department of Fish and Wildlife Issues Emergency Rule on Suction Dredge Mining

June 13, 2013

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced June 7 that it proposed to issue an emergency rule closing a loophole in the present moratorium on suction dredge mining. While the moratorium on suction dredge mining has remained in place, TSF and other organizations have noted that individuals have exploited the strict regulatory […]

TSF’s Mining Initiative Wins New Support

November 21, 2012

NEVADA CITY, 21 November 2012 – The Sierra Fund is excited to announce new and continuing funding for our mining initiative activities in 2013: Bella Vista Foundation will again support our cutting-edge pilot project to assess mine contamination in the Humbug Creek Watershed; while the Firedoll Foundation has become our newest partner in the effort […]

California Halts Harmful Suction Dredge River Mining

July 5, 2012

Budget Bill Saves Taxpayers Money, Protects Natural Resources SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Jerry Brown late Wednesday continued the current moratorium on the controversial gold mining technique known as “suction dredge mining” until the state develops regulations that pay for the program and protect water quality, wildlife and cultural resources.  The new law also directs […]

9th Circuit overturns suction dredge gold mining rulings

June 21, 2012

From the LA Times  Suction dredge gold mining along Northern California’s Klamath River must be reviewed by federal wildlife officials if threatened coho salmon might be harmed, the court rules. June 02, 2012|By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Recreational gold mining using suction dredges along Northern California’s Klamath River must be reviewed by federal wildlife […]

Breakthrough on Suction Dredge Mining Reform

May 24, 2012

Sacramento, CA – Two legislative budget subcommittees acted yesterday to ensure that suction dredge gold mining in California’s rivers will not be allowed to resume until rules are in place that protect the waterways from environmental degradation.  The Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees that oversee the budget of the CA Department of Fish and Game […]

Fish & Game Issues new suction dredge regulations – but they won’t take effect until July 1, 2016

March 29, 2012

NEVADA CITY, 29 March 2012 – The California Department of Fish and Game issued new regulations for suction dredge mining in California late Friday March 16, 2012. These regulations stem from a year-long rule-making process and were adopted just one day before the rule-making process either needed to be completed or started over again. The […]

Proposed Suction Dredge Regulations Released for Public Review

February 23, 2012

From Department of Fish and Game On February 17, 2012 the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) released proposed regulations for suction dredge mining in California. DFG released an earlier draft of these regulations for public review in February 2011. The public comment period for the proposed regulations closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March […]

Suction Dredge Moratorium Extended!

July 27, 2011

Yesterday, July 26, 2011, Assembly Bill 120 was approved by Governor Brown. Among many other measures, the bill imposes important new factors into the process to create new regulations for suction dredge mining. This is a victory for California’s environment, and we congratulate and thank all the organizations and individuals who have worked so hard […]

ACTION ALERT: Suction dredge moratorium language on Governor’s desk

July 25, 2011

SACRAMENTO, 25 July 2011 – On July 14 the budget “trailer” bill, AB 120, was sent to Governor Brown for his signature. Among many other provisions, this bill adds clarification to the state Department of Fish and Game’s budget regarding the issuance of suction dredge mining permits. The Governor has until approximately July 26 to […]

Suction Dredge Regulatory Reform Update

June 23, 2011

<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>23 June 2011, SACRAMENTO – </strong>Suction  Dredge regulations have been under review by the CA Department of Fish and Game  for almost two years now.  The Sierra  Fund and partners at Friends of the River, the Karuk Tribe, and many more, have  been participating in the process of providing public comment on the […]