10-08-2009 The State of California obtained an extension for filing their response to the federal lawsuit filed by Public Lands for the People (PLP). The lawsuit seeks to enjoin the State of California from enforcing SB 670, the bill enacted August 6 that halted the issuance of suction gold dredging permits. State officials now have until November 24 to file their response in US District Court in Sacramento. PLP's goal remains to restore the rights of suction gold dredgers before the next dredging season.
10-08-2009 The California Department of Fish & Game released a review of available studies in preparation of the draft EIR for new suction dreging regulations. The 122-page document appears to contain very little new information from the EIR completed in 1994. The Review of Available Studies & Literature for Suction Dredging (1.26Mb pdf) is available on our website.