Welcome to the Bedrock Prospectors Club Webpage
Second Quarter 2017 Newsletter (pdf)
2017 Calendar of Events
Bedrock Prospectors Club Gold, Gem, and Treasure Show 2017
About 600 attend gold, gem and treasure show at Thurston County Fairgrounds...
Story in the The Olympian
2017 Legislative Issues
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;
(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 (DEAD)
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
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 1106 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.
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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