CALL TO ACTION CLEAN WATER ACT SB637

IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION IN CALIFORNIA ON SB637:

We just learned minutes ago that the public only has until tomorrow to have a letter in opposition to SB637 in the hands of the next committee, the Environmental Quality Committee.
Here is a sample letter from WMA and while we love their letter, you should not copy and paste this letter, but write your own. Your letter of opposition should include the following:

1) there is no scientific studies which show increased levels of mercury anywhere in CA from suction dredging.

2) The Sierra Fund Lake Combie project receives tax payer money to dredge, while permit dredgers are denied.

3) Suction dredgers create revenue in the permitting process for CA.

4) This bill adversely affects the poor and middle class of CA. Literally tens of millions of dollars are lost to the rural communities with the money they would have spent going to their claims, purchasing gas, food, hardware and equipment.

I strongly oppose this bill as written.

Sincerely,

Mr. Shannon Poe
American Mining Rights Association.

These letters must be faxed in to:

California Senate
Committee on Environmental Quality
Attn: Rachel Machi Wagoner
State Capitol, Room 2205
Sacramento, CA 9581
FAX (916) 322-3519

It is sad that the process now to have our voices heard is so convoluted that most are silenced. Please send your letter today. Here is a little more information about SB637 from our friends at WMA:

http://westernminingalliance.org/…/uploads/2012/10/SB-637-A…
Senator Allen, D-26th District (Redondo Beach) introduced SB 637 on 27 February 2015.
This bill requires the California Water Quality Board to regulate suction dredging
through water quality permits.
He represents one of the wealthiest districts in the country, which includes Beverly Hills,
Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Palos Verdes Estates and Santa Monica. Yet, he has
introduced legislation which is specifically targeted at the poor and working class by
imposing yet more fees and permitting requirements which we believe will be impossible
to meet by the majority of suction dredgers.
This bill would be enormously harmful to dredging, it requires:
(1) By July 1st, 2017 the Water Board to establish a permitting process for suction
dredging and “related mining activities.” (The words related mining activities indicates
this bill could/would cover panning, sluicing, highbanking and even camping along the
rivers)
(2) The language indicates that prior to receiving a permit, each dredger would have to
submit a report to the regional Water Board which would provide the details of the
specific “wastes” to be discharged.
(3) Authorizes the Water Board to prohibit suction dredge mining “consistent with
Federal law). (This indicates to us the Water Board is being given the authority to
prohibit dredging on State and private lands).
(4) The bill specifically requires the Water Board to study mercury, and the effects of
mercury from suction dredging. (This indicates to us they will prepare yet another biased environmental impact report, find we discharge mercury and prohibit).
This is a bad bill for dredgers (and all miners). Please call Senator Allen, and your local
state representative and tell them this bill doesn’t help water quality and is specifically
targeted to impact the poor. It’s ironic a bill introduced by the wealthiest district in
California, is targeted to harm the poorest districts of California.

Please call the capitol office, and the district office. Tell them the truth about suction
dredging, it takes nothing from the water, and adds nothing to the water. Two Supreme
Court cases have already decided the act of taking the water, adding nothing to the water,and returning the water is not a discharge of a pollutant. We will sue again, and we will win again.

Senator Ben Allen
State Capitol, Room 2054
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 651-4026

Senator Ben Allen
2512 Artesia Blvd, #320
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 318-6994

TSS Newsletter: April 2015

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2015. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

April 2015

Previous Months:

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015


Prior Years:

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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TSS April 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 1st at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speakers: TBA

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 4 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, & $100

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (June 2015 Meeting):

Gold Cube

Gold Cube

 

Presidents Message: April 2015

Lots of things been happenin’, lots of things goin’ on, and lots of things commin’ up….

What’s been happinin’? American Mining Rights Association is hosting the GPAA gold show in Vegas. Good group and glad to read that GPAA is giving the project to them. They are another group that needs our support. They are doing a whole lot to support the small miners and fight unruly rules that the U.S. Forest Service is placing upon us.

There is a new group forming called the MMAC. Minerals and Mining Advisory Council. Politicians who are also miners and prospectors forming a coalition. The Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has also already been recognized as a federal public land stakeholder by Congressional leaders. Their websites are www.mineralsandminingadvisorycouncil.org and www.mmacusa.org. We should be hearing about them at the April meeting.

Another happening is that the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service is working on some more road closures. Some up in the Summit claims area and some down in the Cleveland National Forest near Buckman Springs. Letter writing info has, I believe, been posted by the PLP, AMRA and AMRA. No new word on the dredging court hearing.

Summer is here and we got a whole lot of events coming up.

  • Our next outing is at the Freedom Claim on April 18-19.
  • We have the Oak Hill Elementary School California gold rush event.
  • We have the Vista Strawberry Festival on Sunday, May 24.
  • Valley Center – Bates Nut Farm garage sale on June 6. Set up on the 5th.
  • Our TSSD outing for June is at Bonita Cove with a metal detecting potluck.
  • Julian Gold Rush is on the weekend of June 27-28.

If I’ve missed any news, please let me know at our April meeting.
Come to the meeting and get all the latest……..

Sourdough Chet

BLM West Mojave Route Land Use Plan Amentment

The BLM is at it again. There is a “Draft West Mojave Route Network Project Land Use Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan” and “Draft Supplemental Impact Statement (EIS)” and they are available for download at:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/cdd/west_mojave_wemo/wmDEIS.html
The public comment period begins with the publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register on March 6, 2015. The public comment period ends on June 4, 2015.

Comments may be submitted by email to: cawemopa@blm.gov
Or by mail to:
Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Four public meetings will be held throughout the planning area this spring. Opportunities to submit written comments will be provided at these meetings. Dates and times will be announced on the project website soon.

Presidents Message: March 2015

Busy month of February. We hosted the Pomona Gold Show, We went to the Cargo Claims down south, we had some great fun beach metal detecting and the Sleepy Bear Mining along with American Prospector and Treasure Seekers held a fund raiser for the Public Lands for the People.

The Gold Show went better than I expected. We had plenty of volunteers. Five chapters were involved in the “hosting”. We made some funds from this venture along with the pre-ticket sales. This will help us with our funds needed for our meeting lease and the storage facility charges. Not much really new at the gold show but we did manage to pick up a few items for our drawings. I do want to thank all those who volunteered to help. Their names are given in the newsletter. Thank you for all that you do. I hope you all had fun.

The Cargo outing and beach metal detecting will be discussed at the meeting. I did see a number of our members on a video for the Sleepy Bear mining PLP fundraiser. Didn’t hear how they did on the gold recovery. Come to the meeting and I know you will find out.

With the help of Jon Cunningham, we will keep a fundraiser jar handy at all our meetings for helping the PLP. This last month we were able to put our raised funds to good use by purchasing two hundred dollars worth of PLP raffle tickets and two free trips to the LDMA, Dusienburg claims. We will auction these off along with a special deal on the raffle tickets and make even more funds that will go to the PLP.

This month is the selection of officers who will be running for the position of Secretary and Vice President. Some like to stay as far away from volunteering for officer positions, but we know that all these positions are what keep us as the best chapter and club. Volunteer and put your two cents in and keep us as the best.

We had to make a change in our outings this month. We will be going to our gem claim in Warner Springs. We will also visit the Indian Flats Campground. This is an outing where we need volunteer help on the gem side of our outing. Where to go and what to look for. Metal detecting will be done in the campground.

I am also looking for another beach metal detecting/barbecue or just a get together at the beach with a coin hunt contest. Now is the best time to hold this. Let’s think about this.

Well, let’s cut this short. A lot of this will be discussed at our meeting and the best way to get you there is take care of business at the monthly get together.

Sourdough Chet

TSS March 2015 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speakers: Betty Krutzsch-Johnson and Tony Johnson, Owner/Operators of AKAU Alaska Gold & Resort L.L.C. Long time members of Treasure Seekers will give a presentation on their mining operation in Nome, Alaska on the famous Anvil Creek. Visit their website at: akaugold.com

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Items available for purchase at the meeting:

  • TSS Claim Guides – $20.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Dowsing Rods – $25.00 per set.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 4 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, & $100

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (March 2015 Meeting):

Minelab X-Terra 305 Metal Detector

X-TERRA-305-Metal-Detector

 

TSS Newsletter: March 2015

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2015. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

March 2015

Previous Months:

February 2015

January 2015


Prior Years:

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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2015 Painted Gorge Outing

Here are some pictures from the 2015 Painted Gorge outing held on January 10, 2015. This outing was lead by David Rice, they visited three different locations, and was attended by 34 people.