EPA in Idaho: New Dredging Regulations

We can’t say as we’re happy about it, being of the opinion that in the larger part already established regulations for dredging in Idaho were just fine, but it’s now a fact that if you plan to put your rig in the water you must have the correct permits from both the local Department of Water and the EPA or face heavy fines.

Change is never easy, and it’s no simple task to always stay on top of what permits are needed where, which rivers are open when, and all the other hoops one has to jump through just to be doing it right – one more set of forms ends up just making it a little harder; that’s why were writing this post.

Now, it was easy to get up in arms about the idea of any more politics in our wilderness, but after having talked with a representative from the EPA we’ve also come to understand a little more of the “why” behind these new laws.  Regardless, since they are what they are (for now), we want to help get the word out about these law changes, as well as make it easier for people to adhere to them if it is what we have to do to keep recreational mining alive.

Here are links to those forms:
*lube not included

IDOWR Dredging/Mining Permit Info

IDOWR Mining Instructions 2013

IDOWR Letter Permit

EPA Website Permit Info

EPA Notice of Intent Form

Authorization to Discharge (40 pg) form

EPA Annual Report Form

We also encourage those of you out there who love prospecting to contact your local legislators and make sure you let them know how you feel about the laws going around our state - like the dredging ban in Lewiston! – as it is only by making our voices heard that we can hope to have a say in how our law makers govern our natural places.