Resources Coalition


Mission Statement

The purposes and nature for which this corporation, a Washington State nonprofit charitable organization, is formed are:


Our mission is to bring about a consensus on the usage of public land through education and respect for private property without endangering the basic freedoms of our country. We have the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" as part of our heritage and access to a variety of usages on private and public lands is part of this right.


Who are we, and what are we about?

  • Resources Coalition came out of the small scale mining community and our goal is a balanced approach to use of our natural resources.
  • We strive to protect our rights, those that made our country great.

2014 Miners Rally Ellensburg Daily Record Story



Our Response Statement To Fish Not Gold

Who Is This Anti-Mining Group


WDFW has extended until Septmber 15, 2014 accepting comments to their proposed changes to the HPA Rules

The Hydraulic Code rules set standards for issuing permits – Hydraulic Project Approvals (HPA) – to conduct specified types of work. WDFW is seeking to revise these rules to provide greater protection for fish and shellfish, streamline the permitting system and ensure consistency between the rules and other state laws.


This information needs to be disseminated far and wide for all to see and comment. For Property owners, these proposed rules will allow WDFW to move their regulatory authority well outside the Ordinary High Water Line, as an example, blowing stumps off your property will require an HPA.


For mineral prospecting and mining; the rules are being recodified as 220-660-300 (starting on page 80) and redistributed in 7 sections. Of interest are the changes to the timing windows and the entire new section 6 "Mineral prospecting on ocean beaches".
The first and foremost comment that needs to be made is the lack of cooperation between WDFW and the mineral prospecting community in developing these rules.
The second point is that the Gold and Fish pamphlet serves as a Hydraulic Project Approval permit. Statute, the laws from which gives WDFW regulatory authority, specifically state that "Small scale prospecting and mining shall not require a permit under this chapter if the prospecting is conducted in accordance with rules established by the department." These proposed rules are requiring the G&F pamphlet, A permit, "must have the Gold and Fish pamphlet on the job site when working on ocean beaches of the state, except as noted in this subsection."


Written Public comments to the WDFW has been extended until Septmber 15, 2014.


Here is the link to WDFW's Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) Hydraulic Code Rulemaking webpage.


Supplemental Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SDPEIS) WDFW's proposal to update the state's Hydraulic Code rules is subject to review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). A SDPEIS was completed for this proposal that examines its potential benefits and environmental impacts in comparison with three other alternatives. That SDPEIS is also available for public review and comment until August 15, 2014.


Comments may be submitted in one of the following ways:
Fax: 360-902-2946
Mail: Randi Thurston
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501




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Proposed Change to Clean Water Act Regulation Opens for Public Comment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jointly proposed a rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA) in late March, and it has now been published in the Federal Register.
The goal is to define which waters, which could include small streams, ditches and wetlands, fall under the scope of the Clean Water Act. The 2014 proposed rule would replace the existing 2003 and 2008 guidance, and the comment period is open for 90 days until July 21 according to the EPA.
Items of concern:
-Tributaries of the above waters (more inclusive than current rules because “tributary” is newly and broadly defined); and
-All waters, including wetlands, adjacent to a water identified in the above categories (by including all adjacent waters, the proposal is more inclusive than current rules).
For more information, please refer to the Federal Register listing (April 25, 2014)


Oregon Dredgers protest proposed permit revisions
Miners say DEQ restrictions would unfairly bar them from Rogue over mercury issue. (April 22, 2014)


State Senators hold hearing exposing DOE’s abuse of citizenry and local government
Last Thursday, members of the Washington State Senate convened in Sumner to discuss the damaging effects of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) on property rights. Of particular interest in this discussion was the role the Department of Ecology plays in the SMP update process.(April 21, 2014)


Swauk Pine Restoration Project
Landscape scale silvicultural treatments (thinning and burning)to improve resilience to disturbance, and stream and floodplain restoration at 66 sites.
Project includes road improvements, closure, relocation, and decommissioning.
Location is All or parts of the Cougar Gulch, Lion Gulch, and upper Williams Creek subdrainages in Swauk Creek Watershed.



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