CSPA Urges Continuation of Suction Dredge Mining Moratorium

CSPA has joined a broad coalition of fishing, tribal and environmental organizations in urging Governor Brown, Senate Pro Tem Steinberg and Assembly Speaker Perez to eliminate funding for the California Department of Fish and Game’s suction dredge mining regulatory program and to maintain the current moratorium on the highly destructive and polluting mining practice for the next five years.  The program raises only $375,000 a year in permit fees but costs more than $1.8 million to administer.  Suction dredging mobilizes toxic mercury, pollutes drinking water supplies and has caused great harm to the state’s fisheries.  Coalition Letter

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