Someone recently send me an email about digging in the banks of the river. Even though this person is dead wrong and is jumping to conclusions based on photos, I just wanted to get something straight here. The unlawful practice of digging into the banks of any stream or river is and has been a serious problem in New England. And there are those who feel that getting a few specs of gold at the expense of the land is worth while. So remember that when you are in the river…STAY AWAY FROM THE BANKS and DIG BELOW THE HIGH WATER MARK. Don’t ruin this privilege for other who enjoy being outdoors and sharing some great time with others who share the same passion. And if you are going to dredge, be sure to get a permit first from the state.
Thanks to that misinformed individual for, in a weird and twisted way, reminding me that we all need to be aware of the regulations and to use your common sense when prospecting. If you have any doubt that you are harming the land, stop! And be safe at the same time…fill your holes and wear the right clothing when in and around the river.