GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is tightening water quality restrictions on suction gold dredges, which small-time miners use to glean flecks of gold from river bottoms long ago mined of their riches.
They also require miners to keep a log showing they check once a day that the muddy water coming out of their dredges does not extend more than 300 feet downstream.
The revisions were made after a court challenge from both miners and conservationists to the old rule, which expired in June, and neither group is very happy with the outcome.
More hobby gold miners have been coming to Oregon since California declared a moratorium on dredging.
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