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Gold Prospectors Spot Loophole in State’s Dredge Mining Moratorium
Malcolm Terrence
In an interview with the Two Rivers Tribune, Stopher said the definition of a suction dredge with the three elements—pump, hose and sluice, originated in 1961 legislation and has been carried forward in all legislation since then. He said no one would have tried this before the moratorium and that he personally preferred his agencies dredging regulations and permit system which stated when, how and where dredging could be done. Miners along the Klamath River think they have found a loophole in the moratorium on suction dredging. The law defines a dredge as a suction hose, a pump and a sluice. The workaround, as shown in this illustration, works without the sluice box. It is still in the trial stage. /Drawing from New 49ers website.

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