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Toxic Legacy California Gold Rush
2013-10-29 12:39:15

[ Watch the Video: The Enduring Contaminant Legacy Of The California Gold Rush ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Gold Rush of the 1800s may seem a distant historical phenomenon at this point, but its effects are still being felt in California. According to a new study, the mercury used to extract gold from the foothills is now slowly trickling towards California’s Central Valley where fisheries, rice fields and wineries abound. The miners helped create...

2010-09-13 10:15:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Rivers, the leading conservation organization fighting to protect and restore the nation's rivers, announced a $15,000 grant from The Orvis Company to help preserve the Yuba River Watershed, one of the last strongholds for wild, self-sustaining, threatened salmon and steelhead runs. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100218/DC56550LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100218/DC56550LOGO) The Yuba watershed,...

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2007-07-29 06:20:00

In his 49th year of life, veteran miner Jeff Kilgore feels increased kinship with the original 49ers who long ago worked the same frigid river high in the Sierra Nevada. It's different now. The Gold Rush is gone. Kilgore uses modern equipment -- a gas-powered gold dredger -- to vacuum precious flecks from the cobbled rock beneath the Yuba River. And the takings are slim. On good days, thanks to high gold prices, Kilgore says he recovers enough gold to earn $100 selling minuscule pieces and...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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