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ACT NO. 106

(H.101)

Gold Mining; Stream Alteration

This act makes it clear that persons using hand panning prospecting techniques will not be required to obtain a stream alteration permit. The act also provides that recreational mineral prospectors shall not operate suction dredges in any watercourse, but it allows the operation of sluice boxes in watercourses, provided a request for approval to conduct mineral prospecting is filed with and approved by the secretary of natural resources and provided that mineral prospecting shall not be conducted on private land without landowner permission, or on state land without permission from the secretary.

The act also makes it clear that the definition of the word "secretary," as the word appears in the stream alteration chapter, means the secretary of natural resources or the secretary's authorized representative. The act also requires that fees be paid at the time of application, and that the fees for operation of mineral prospecting equipment shall be $30.00 for annual approval for a resident, and $100.00 for annual approval for a nonresident. The agency is required to report to the general assembly by January 15, 2000 with findings and recommendations on the level of permitting activity under the act, costs incurred by the agency, and proposed fees to cover those costs. The fees established by the act are repealed on June 30, 2003.

Effective Date: April 27, 1998