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.

WDFW and the Proposed HPA Rules moves forward

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has prepared a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PEIS) in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act regulation. This Final PEIS on proposed changes to the Hydraulic Code Rules is available for review by all agencies with jurisdiction and interested parties.
Due to the large size of the Final PEIS (178 pages) and its appendices (310 pages), it is not attached, but is posted at: The SEPA number is 14049.
More information is available at


Comments and responses on the proposed rules, draft PEISs, and economic analyses can be found in Appendix A. WDFW sincerely thanks you for your comments.


Lisa Wood
SEPA Responsible Official and HPA Appeals Coordinator
Habitat Program - Protection Division - Regulatory Servicesv WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way N | Olympia, WA 98501v p (360) 902-2260 | f (360) 902-2946


Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) has filed a "Petition to repeal, adopt or amend rules" to repeal the rules proposed as 220-600-XXX (WDFW's Proposed HPA Rules).
Comments were accepteted by extension until September 15, 2014.


The department will make a decision on the petition October 17, 2014.
Response Letter to CAPR from WDFW
December 26, 2014 is the deadline for adoption of the Proposed HPA Rules after all comments have been addressed, stay tuned!



Supplemental Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SDPEIS)


California in the News

A favorable decision was made by the California Third District Court of Appeals on the Federal Preemption Defense Issue in the case of the PEOPLE vs. BRANDON LANCE RINEHART on September 23, 2014. This is a positive development hailed as a much needed win for the miners!
Filed 9/23/14 P. v. Rinehart CA3


California Superior Court Judge Gilbert G. Ochoa has extended the Mandatory Settlement Conference on the statewide ban on section dredge mining case to September 30 and October 1, 2014. The plaintiffs and their attorneys on the pro-dredging side, Public Lands for the People, the New 49’ers and the Western Mining Alliance are working hard to restore section dredge mining in California.
We should know soon, and hope to pass along more good news like that in the People v. Rinehart case!


Update on the Oregon battle

Update on Oregon’s SB 838 Study Group By: Thom Seal, Ph.D., PE.


Eastern Oregon Mining Association's Reply to the States Response in their Appeal of the 700PM permit


PNW Miners Rally 2014

2014 Miners Rally Ellensburg Daily Record Story



Our Response Statement To Fish Not Gold

Who Is This Anti-Mining Group





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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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