Hi guys, it's been a while since I've posted on this site, but a touchy subject has brought me back. First off, I don't want anything other than a mature conversation, and if this needs to be moved to a different forum, my apologies for posting. I thought about the misc. forum but it appeared to be more site related. On to the issue. I've recently gotten into gold prospecting, and I noticed how big of a clash there is between the mining community, and the environmental community. My plan is to get a dredge, and spend the summer mining with the hopes of breaking even. The state governments have come down hard on miners, specifically dredgers, and the opportunities to get a permit in multiple states are very slim. I want to know the truth, and it seems I can never get an answer on the environmental impact that looks at the issue from both sides. I'm a prospector, but I'm also a fly fisherman, and I don't want to destroy the rivers. I've heard that the turbidity suffocates spawning grounds, but I've also heard that the small amount has the same effect as a 10 minute rainstorm. The tailings could be an issue, specifically that they're not stable spawning gravel, and they will smash the fish eggs, but I read a scientific article that said fish recognize man made tailings and don't spawn there unless there is no other options, the article also said after a year the tailings become stable, and spawning grounds improve overall. The dredge holes are only around for a year, and they are supposed to create refugees in the summer, and potentially prime lies. The issue I really see is disturbing macroinvertibrates. Even then, I'm skeptical enough ground is disturbed to impact the population. Whats your guys' opinion on the subject? I don't want to make anyone angry, I'm not trying to argue from a miners perspective, I want a good neutral discussion.