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HB 1428 - 2017-18

Concerning construction projects in state waters by request of Department of Fish and Wildlife.
We oppose this bill as written, It is contradictory.
This language must to be removed:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 9
"(5)(r) Mineral prospecting not addressed by the gold and fish pamphlet;"

 

Mineral prospecting appears twice in this bill...
NEW SECTION. Sec. 9
(5) When assessing fees for permits under subsection (1) of this section, the department must categorize the following new, replacement, or removal hydraulic projects as medium complexity:
(r) Mineral prospecting not addressed by the gold and fish pamphlet;
and...
(11) The following hydraulic projects are exempt from all fees listed under this section:
(c) Mineral prospecting and mining activities;

 

Per Gold and Fish 2015:Per Gold and Fish 2015:
"This pamphlet serves as your Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) for the types of mineral prospecting and mining activities described in it. You must follow the rules in the pamphlet when you conduct those projects in Washington."
"If you want to conduct mineral prospecting or mining activities at different times or locations, or with different equipment than allowed in this pamphlet, you must apply for a separate, written HPA."

No fees for mineral prospecting hydraulic projects!

 

SB 5228 - 2017-18

Concerning the definition of hydraulic project in relation to the hydraulic project approval permits.
The small scale prospecting and mining community needs to comment, prepare for written and oral testimony to be directed in support of this bill OR people WILL be required to get an HPA for Highbanking!
This defines a "Hydraulic Project" as "... at or below the ordinary high water line"
Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Parks at 1:30 PM, January 26, 2017 (Subject to change).
SB 5228 - 2017-18

 

House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee

Public Hearing: HB 1077 and HB 1106 on TVW January 17, 10:00 am (1:53:30)
Testimony: William Scott Brown @ 27:20, Bruce Beatty @ 30:40, Dennis Petersen @ 36:25

 

HB 1077 - Washington State Legislature 2017-18 (Newest Anti-Mining Bill)

Establishing rules for motorized suction dredge mining in rivers and streams equal to other hydraulic projects by modifying a hydraulic project approval exemption.
Sponsors: Fitzgibbon, Pollet, McBride

 

HB 1106 - Washington State Legislature 2017-18 (Another Anti-Mining Bill)

Regulating water pollution discharges from motorized mineral prospecting activities.
Sponsors: Tarleton, Gregerson, Pollet

 

Both bills are having their hearings in the Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee on Jan 17th, 2017 at 10:00 am in the John OBrien Bldg. Room B

 

HB 1077 2017-18 (pdf)  (Establishing rules for motorized suction dredge mining in rivers and streams equal to other hydraulic projects by modifying a hydraulic project approval exemption).
HB 1077 2017-18 (pdf)  (Regulating water pollution discharges from motorized mineral prospecting activities).

 

Use this link 2017 Session Cutoff Calendar (Unofficial Until Adopted) to see when the key dates are for a bill to move on to executive session or die.
March 8th, 2017 is the last day to consider (pass) bills in house of origin (5 p.m.).

 

Washington State Legislative Educational and Instructional Material

We are providing these links for our Bedrock Prospectors Club members to help answer any questions they may have regarding the legislative process in light of the current session and yet more bills aimed at the Small Scale Mineral Prospectors and Mining community.
Campus Map and Parking  PDF (223KB)
Capitol Building Brochure  PDF (2.9MB)
Citizen's Guide to Effective Legislative Participation PDF (550KB)
Congressional and Elected Officials  PDF (63KB)
District Legislative Maps Booklet  PDF (26MB)
Elected Officials and their Functions PDF (2.1MB)
Glossary of Legislation Terms PDF (1.3MB)
Guide to Lawmaking  PDF (2.0MB)
Guide to Reading a Bill  PDF (27KB)
How a Bill Becomes a Law  PDF (1.3MB)
How to Testify at the Legislature  PDF (530KB)
Org Chart State of Washington  PDF (29KB)
Overview of the Legislative Process  PDF (792KB)
Rules Committee Procedures  PDF (292KB)
Statewide District Maps with Members  PDF (832KB)
Symbols of the State of Washington  PDF (237KB)
The Washington State Legislature  PDF (62KB)

 

Legislative Process Tutorials

Tutorial -- Bill Tracking  PDF (2.0MB)
Tutorial -- E-Mail Notification of Hearings  PDF (461KB)
Tutorial -- How to Read The Bill History Page  PDF (132KB)   Video
Tutorial -- RSS For Bill Tracking and Status Change Notification  PDF (1.4MB)
Tutorial -- How to Search for Bills on the Legislative Web Site  PDF (1.0 MB)

 

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Washington Rivers, Salmon from Destructive Suction Dredge Mining

Harmful Gold-mining Method Already Restricted in California, Oregon
For Immediate Release, January 10, 2017
OLYMPIA, Wash.— Conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to sue the state of Washington for allowing highly destructive suction dredge mining in rivers and streams critical to endangered salmon and steelhead. The Washington Department of Wildlife approves the harmful recreational gold-mining technique in rivers throughout the state that are home to numerous imperiled fish species. Conservation and fisheries groups have also introduced bills in the state legislature to better monitor and regulate suction dredge mining.

 

Current Newsletter

First Quarter 2017 Newsletter (pdf)

 

Gold, Gem, and Treasure Show 2017

Bedrock Prospectors Club (Puyallup, WA) is hosting a Gold, Gem, and Treasure Show at the Thurston County Fairgrounds in Lacey, WA on April 1st and 2nd (2017). Admission is $5.00 or an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots. The show proceeds are being donated to Toys for Tots (2017) and to Resources Coalition. The show is aimed at showing the Lacey school district kids and their families about gold prospecting, rock hounding, and metal detecting for treasure. We’ll have a “catch and release” gold panning trailer available to teach the basics of gold panning. We’ll have a sand box with buried polished stones and agates that the kids can find and keep a stone of their choice. We’ll have some metal detecting experts on hand to teach them how to use a metal detector! Other activities for the kids include a coin scrambles on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
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2017 Calendar of Events

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The Bedrock Prospectors Club was organized by men and women interested in small scale mining and prospecting for gold and other precious minerals and gems.

The Bedrock Prospectors Club has also been the predominent Northwest club involved with organizing some of the most important mining rallies in recent years.

The Bedrock Prospectors Club is involved in many ways, including lobbying, to preserve our rights to mining, as granted by the "Mining Act of 1872".

Bedrock Prospectors Club is registered with Washington State as a nonprofit corporation.

 

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Meetings

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month from 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

We meet at the Puyallup Masonic Hall at 1005 West Pioneer, in Puyallup, WA.

We have a guest speaker or program each month, with classes on panning, dredging, how to do it, and where to go.

There is a Monthly Name Drawing, but sorry, you must be present to win.

It will grow by $10 a month until it is Won.
There is a Prize Raffle at every monthly meeting. A Gold Nugget is raffled off along with two other great prizes. Tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.
Prize donations gladly accepted. Good Luck.

Don't forget to give to the Family Christmas Fund at the door throughout the year.

The Membership Chairman is available at every meeting to help with questions and promote Your Club. Members are always sharing tips and techniques; their favored equipment practices plus shows and, need I say, tells?


Open Board Meetings are held on the First Tuesday of Every Month.

 

Outings     Outings Photo Album

Several outings are planned throughout the year.

Members can enjoy Metal Detecting and Rockhounding activities.

Demonstrations include panning and sluicing, participation in construction projects,

famous "Pot Lucks", and Tailgate Parties!

And always, all gold you find as a member on club claims, you keep!

Let's have some fun.

 

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More about us

Bedrock Propectors are families having fun with a common interest.

We prospect for minerals, as well as the following:

  • Enjoy Pot Luck Dinners at our Outings
  • Camping trips at our claims, and elsewhere
  • Hiking and Exploring
  • Community Service
  • Tell Stories and laugh, while learning from the experiences of others
  • Host a great Christmas Party

 

To sum it all up

This is a group where all ages can come together and play. We bring our families, along with our friends and pets. We watch nature in all its glory and enjoy laughing when nature rains on us. When the flowers are in bloom and the deer bed down near camp, we sit by the fire telling stories of past fun, and past storms. Oh, that's us, Pacific Northwest prospectors!

 

 

 

 

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Washington State Minerals


Bulletin 37 - Inventory of Washington Minerals


Part II: Metallic Minerals Huntting, Marshall T., 1956, Inventory of Washington minerals; Part II—Metallic minerals: Washington Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 37, Part II, 2 v.


These are ".pdf" format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and read.

Use the link below to download the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.


 

 

 

Another very good, must read for us
Washington State prospectors is:

Gold in Washington Bulletin #42

The complete Bulletin #42 here:

This publication is 162 pages full of nuggets of information!

 

 
 

Washington State Gold

Here's some pictures of gold found by a Bedrock Prospectors Club Member:

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All of the gold was found in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.


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Course gold nuggets are not common, so recovering them while small scale mining is especially rewarding.


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Get yours today. There's still more of that "gold in them thar hills" to be had!
It's estimated that the "Old Timers" miners only recovered less than 10 % the gold that exists. That leaves a lot left for us modern miners to find, and profit from.