Miners Clean Washington Rivers and Streams
May 2007 by Richard HolcombThe Washington Department of Health has issued several warnings about mercury contamination in fish and shellfish. The small-scale mining community is the only group that is actively removing mercury and lead from the waterways of the State of Washington using the only economically feasible method available—with suction dredges and other small-scale mining equipment.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
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I hit bedrock at two feet and followed it down as it appeared that I was on the edge of a rib that ran with the river. This was beginning to look very promising and I was seeing some small gold—pieces and flakes—in the header of my sluice box.
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