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Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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Federal Court to Address Dredge Permits—The Tulloch Rule


Congress passed Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which was originally called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 USC 1344, in 1972. Section 404 authorized the US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to issue permits “for the discharge of dredged or fill material into the navigable waters at specified disposal sites.”

Thinking Outside The Creek


Imagine for a minute the year is 1850. You’ve read and heard that gold was discovered in California and the creeks are so rich you can just scoop it up with your hands.

Cedar Rim Opal—Discovery of a Giant Opal Field


In 2003, I initiated field reconnaissance of an opal deposit at Cedar Rim in central Wyoming and was amazed at the size of this undocumented deposit located right in the middle of an oil and gas field...

Melman on Gold & Silver


...this debacle may easily lead to disenchantment with government programs in general and politicians of all stripes in particular. Historically, that kind of unrest has been positive for precious metals markets.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Additional access restrictions proposed in Arizona
• Oregon senators introduce bill to place state rivers and streams off-limits

Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part I Recognizing and Understanding Minerals


Many individual prospectors would like to know a little more about the geology of gold deposits. There is no doubt that in the final analysis, no matter how well you operate your equipment, unless you can find the places where gold is...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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• EPA declares Superfund site in Colorado
• An environmental tale

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