and how disgusting that there are people that are proud to call themselves 49ers!! the original 49ers were genocidal rapists who perpetrated some of the most horrific violence you can imagine! the gold mining industry ravaged the Klamath and the peoples living on it in such a way that even now, over a century later, our communities are still in the early stages of healing. this new mining is representative of over 150 years of Gold Rush frontier-style violence, and if it continues i don’t know what will be left for us in its wake.
With the price of gold cresting over $1600 per ounce and the legislature passing daunting regulatory hurdles, miners associated with a business called the New 49ers dredging club based in Happy Camp have come up with a loophole.
…The Karuk Tribe has long held that the dredging degrades water quality and alters streambeds enough that it threatens fish recovery. This argument carried special legal muscle because one species, coho salmon, is listed under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts. The campaign to better regulate dredging is one of several by the tribe, which, like the other tribes in the Klamath Basin, are trying to promote recovery of fish populations. The tribes are avid followers and even litigants in several court cases affecting water use.
…One of the places where the new no-sluice mining may get trialed first would be a handful of Klamath River claims just downriver from the Independence Creek bridge, between Somes Bar and Happy Camp. The area is attractive to miners for this use because there is much exposed bedrock, meaning less troublesome overburden. The area is also valued by groups working to rebuild fish populations because the channels where Independence Creek enters the Klamath are ideal refugia for juvenile fish, including Coho salmon.
He said the latest set of proposed regulations from his agency are the subject of six separate lawsuits. Several were from miners, who found them too restrictive, a “taking” of property, and outside the jurisdiction of a state agency. Another litigant was the Karuk Tribe, which said the regs did not comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. The Karuk position in this case has been joined by 20 fishing and environmental groups.
Proud to see the legacy of Auburn’s youth to create and bloom and smile and hate, hurt, mature and grow into artists. We all know the joy, pain and fear of Auburn, the bridge, the river, PHS, EV, Rock Creek, it’s a clear path to glory for some, death for others, and a past to few.