DFG to Hold Final Public Meeting on Suction Dredge Permitting Program

Media Contacts:
Mark Stopher, Environmental Program Manager, (530)225-2275
Jordan Traverso, Deputy Director, Communications, Education and Outreach, (916) 654-9937

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has scheduled a sixth and final meeting to take public comment on the state’s proposed Suction Dredge Permitting Program. Following the release of a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the proposed program on February 28, five public meetings were held throughout the state. 

An additional public hearing to receive comments on the Draft SEIR has been scheduled for the last day of the public comment period, Tuesday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento, 95814. 

The Draft SEIR addresses the potential environmental effects that could result from the implementation of the proposed program. The proposal addresses the issuance of permits and suction dredge activities conducted in compliance with these permits, consistent with DFG’s proposed amendments to the existing regulations governing suction dredge mining in California.

The Draft SEIR and supporting documents are available on the DFG website at www.dfg.ca.gov/suctiondredge. Written comments must be postmarked by May 10, and may be submitted either by e-mail to dfgsuctiondredge@dfg.ca.gov or by regular mail to:

Mark Stopher
California Department of Fish and Game
601 Locust St.
Redding, CA  96001

If you require reasonable meeting accommodation for a disability or require this notice or the Draft SEIR in an alternate format, please contact the Suction Dredge Permitting Program at (530) 225-2275, or the California Relay (Telephone) Service for the deaf or hearing-impaired from TDD phones at 1-800-735-2929 or 711.

For more information about the Suction Dredge Permitting Program, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/suctiondredge/.