Gary Shaver of Sacramento places material from a mud pit into a sluice box secured in the Bear River last Thursday in Colfax. As the Golden State’s prolonged drought dries up irrigation supplies for agriculture and forces cutbacks in urban water deliveries, it has also been opening up new opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold.
Gary Shaver of Sacramento places material from a mud pit into a sluice box secured in the Bear River last Thursday in Colfax. As the Golden State’s prolonged drought dries up irrigation supplies for agriculture and forces cutbacks in urban water deliveries, it has also been opening up new opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Gary Shaver of Sacramento places material from a mud pit into a sluice box secured in the Bear River last Thursday in Colfax. As the Golden State’s prolonged drought dries up irrigation supplies for agriculture and forces cutbacks in urban water deliveries, it has also been opening up new opportunities for prospectors and miners panning, sluicing, chiseling and diving for gold. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

Water & Drought

June 22, 2015 5:01 PM

California drought brings a golden lining

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