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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
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
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.
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.
Link to Flyer
2017 Calendar of Events
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.
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.
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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