suction dredge mining

2:17pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Old conflicts shadow new gold rush on the Klamath River

The Salmon River
Photo courtesy of Hadley Robinson

With gold continuing to sell at historically high prices, the hunt for the shiny mineral is alive and well. Mostly.

In 2009, California outlawed a technique known as suction dredge mining, which makes finding gold a bit easier than shaking a pan. Officials wanted to study potential damage to the Klamath River, an area where there was lots of dredging. KALW’S Hadley Robinson has the story about a struggle for power along the river.

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