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Bill Banning Suction Dredge Mining Breezes Through State Senate
Dan Bacher
The California Senate today approved a bill banning suction dredge gold mining on certain California rivers by a vote of 31 to 8. Photo: A suction dredge miner has dammed and rerouted part of the East Fork San Gabriel River in southern California. Dozens of miners are working a few miles of this river, which provides critical habitat for endangered native fish and drinking water for much of Los Angeles. Courtesy of Steve Evans, Friends of the River.

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