Memorial Day Reminder: Suction Dredge Mining is Prohibited

Contact: Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937

 At the onset of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would like to remind members of the public that instream suction dredge mining is prohibited throughout California. Existing law prohibits the use of any vacuum or suction dredge equipment in any California river, stream or lake.  Possession of a vacuum or suction dredge within 100 yards of closed waters is also prohibited. These restrictions were established to protect fish and wildlife, and other important natural and cultural resources in California. Sharing that common heritage, CDFW urges the public to respect both the letter and the spirit of the law.

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