Yet another unlawful move by the opposition in Sacramento to ban nearly every type of mining for their agenda.

Emergency Rulemaking Approved for Suction Dredge Mining

June 28, 2013 by ahughan

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.

The new regulation as approved by OAL and filed with the Secretary of State defines suction dredging as the “use of a suction system to vacuum material from the bottom of a river, stream or lake for the extraction of minerals.”

Under current state law in effect since 2009, the use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment for instream mining purposes is prohibited.

Importantly, nonmotorized recreational mining activities, including panning for gold, are not prohibited or restricted under the new regulation or the statutory moratorium that currently prohibits suction dredging in California.

For specific regulatory language of the new rule, or additional information about the moratorium and suction dredge mining in California, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/suctiondredge.

Media Contact:
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937


  1. This was not a fish emergency. It was an emergency for the ego of the politicians that are trying to figure out how they can keep the dredgers out of their sand box or stream, creek, river, or lake. Not only are they childish in not performing their duties to represent us, but they are not even paying any attention to science or common sense. All they care about is forcing their Agenda, which eventually will take away all of our rights if we allow it to happen.

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