Seems we have been shut down, with the EPA using the clean water act to do it. I wasn't for sure what is going on and am still not sure even after reading the article in the May mining journal. Seems we need a permit but there is not one to be had. There is one meeting left and I don't know why if its already a done deal. The state is still selling permits but the feds are telling us "no you can't"???? WOW am I really lost. The local clubs first posted it last month, but they had talked to the DEQ, The last time I heard from the DEQ was 09 and they said then it was closed, but my suit stayed wet. Now the EPA tells me I can't dredge, my suit will still be wet. The local clubs are not strong enough and not meant to insult but feel they are at a loss and are just telling people not to dredge rather then fight it. Where do we go from here? I have been doing this for 30 years as a hobby, with the times as tough as they are a lot of people are now doing it to help with just paying the bills. My voice is loud when I want it heard but it usually ends up with me standing on someones neck until their face turns blue any help or advice would be great.