OK, maybe I am not reading the information correctly. It would not be the first time I had a hard time navigating all the mazes created by state departments in California. I just want someone in the know to direct me to where I can read about the mercury problem the eco's say exists in the Sierra Nevada rivers, lakes and streams.
HERE is the State Fish and Wildlife website. I wandered around it because I was interested in reading about the fishing seasons and fees (46 bucks now). While there I thought I would go read about this "mercury" issue that local eco's have turned into a banishment on suction dredging. I recall they said those evil dredgers would stir up the mercury left over from the gold rush days. They said the fish were not good to eat and if we did we would become brain dead after a few hundred trout. Well, I cannot find anything about the "mercury" issue in the website and its sub folders. If someone can direct me to them I would appreciate it.
If the DFW is the source of everything fish, licenses and even grants for restoration of habitat, then where is this "mercury" advisory? Why would it not be there in the myriad of sub-articles and jobs they do? I would think the loss of dredging for the 40,000 aficionados would have extensive coverage and scientific explanations since it was the reason dredging was banned. But maybe I am just overlooking it?
Like most of the hysteria I have seen perpetrated by the eco nuts in America, they seem to make it up and/or inflate exponentially the danger so people will willingly jump on board the good ship paranoia. But since I could not find anything on the website I suppose there may not be any science to backup the paranoia? I know many people over my lifetime who have fished the streams and lakes of the Sierra Nevada and have not experienced brain damage from mercury. I would like to see the proof that it is a problem, well, even an anecdotal story or two! But alas I think more people have croaked from eating wild mushrooms than have even had a headache from mercury in the Yuba River.
But grant money seems to be flowing to try and prove something that is unprovable it appears to me. As long as the "cash strapped" State Departments of California keep dishing out the dinero for studies and fabrications about the environment we will keep seeing this paranoia. But if you actually want to do something that works, like dredgers collecting mercury and turning it over to the EPA, you will be sadly prosecuted for collecting a toxic heavy metal. So I was told by some miners that they don't turn it in now because they would be prosecuted! Stupid eh?
California and the rest of the nation dole out billions in "grants" every year. That is "free" taxpayer money to study things and make recommendations that we would laugh at if it came from a five year old. Bit, since all these billions are not accountable to audit or rational people deciding the disbursement, we will see more and more wasted. If I cannot find a mention on the DFW website about an issue that destroyed 40,000 miners right to dredge, then I know I am on the right track.