State officials are considering opening up California's rivers to a reckless form of river mining known as suction dredging. We need your help in urging the state to permanently outlaw this dangerous and polluting hobby. In 2009 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger enacted a moratorium on the practice -- and three years later Gov. Jerry Brown affirmed it. It's time to end this destructive hobby for good.
Suction dredging -- which mines for gold using machines that suck up gravel and sand from river bottoms -- can turn a pristine mountain stream into a murky ditch that's unfit for people to swim in and for amphibians and fish to live in. It can also pollute rivers by stirring up toxic mercury.
Suction dredge mining is a net loss for Californians: For a few flecks of gold, it destroys our water quality, harms endangered wildlife like coho salmon and red-legged frogs, and turns peaceful waterways into noisy mining sites.
Urge the State Water Resources Control Board to ban suction dredging and protect wildlife habitat, water supplies and quiet river recreation.
January 17, 2017 Action Alert ID# 467
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