HB591 (2017) Detail

Relative to suction dredging in the surface waters of the state.


HB 591-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

15Feb2017... 0260h

2017 SESSION

17-0368

08/03

 

HOUSE BILL 591-FN

 

AN ACT relative to suction dredging in the surface waters of the state.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Oxenham, Sull. 1; Rep. Gottling, Sull. 2; Rep. Messmer, Rock. 24; Rep. Mangipudi, Hills. 35; Rep. McConnell, Ches. 12; Rep. Spang, Straf. 6; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Rep. Almy, Graf. 13

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill defines recreational prospecting.

 

This bill also prohibits the use of suction dredging for the purposes of recreational prospecting.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15Feb2017... 0260h 17-0368

08/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to suction dredging in the surface waters of the state.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Recreational Prospecting.  RSA 482-A:3, XI is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

XI.(a)  In this paragraph:

(1)  "Hand panning" means separating minerals from water by means of washing sediments in a pan with water.

(2)  "Highbanker" or "power sluice" means a sluice box that uses a water pump to transport water through the box to mimic the flow of a stream or river where there is little water and requires a withdrawal of water and a discharge.

(3)  "Recreational prospecting" means searching for mineral deposits in the surface waters of the state where such searching is undertaken primarily for recreational purposes.

(4)  "Rocker box" means a mechanical device used to separate gold and other minerals from lighter sediments, but it used where there is little water and requires a withdrawal of water and a discharge.

(5)  "Sluice box" means a trough or box through which water is directed to separate minerals from sediments and which does not exceed 10 square feet in size.

(6)  "Vacuum dredge" or "suction dredge" means a machine that uses a vacuum to draw water and sediments through a hose to a recovery unit which separates minerals from the sediments.

(b)  Prospecting by hand panning or by using sluice boxes is allowed on the surface waters of the state so long as:

(1)  All necessary permissions and permits have been secured prior to initiation of the prospecting activities;

(2)  Reasonable efforts are made to ensure that such prospecting activities shall not result in stream bank erosion when entering, exiting, and using the surface water for recreational prospecting activities; and

(3)  Reasonable efforts are made to ensure that such recreational prospecting activities shall not result in water quality degradation.  

(c)  Recreational prospecting shall not be conducted on surface waters traversing or bordering private, nonprofit, or conservation trust lands without prior authorization from the landowner, or on state land without permission from the department of environmental services.  

(d)  No person shall use vacuum or suction dredges, highbankers, or rocker boxes when engaged in recreational prospecting in any surface water of the state.  

(e)  The state shall retain the right to prohibit recreational prospecting at certain times or in certain locations when such activity would be detrimental to the public interest for reasons including, but not limited to, environmental and wildlife protection.

(f)  The department may enter into a cooperative agreement with the fish and game department relative to enforcement of the provisions of this paragraph.  

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2018.

 

LBAO

17-0368

Amended 2/17/17

 

HB 591-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2017-0260h)

 

AN ACT relative to suction dredging in the surface waters of the state.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

The Legislative Budget Assistant has determined that this legislation has a total fiscal impact of less than $10,000 in each of the fiscal years 2018 through 2021.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Environmental Services

 

 

Links

HB591 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 31, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 8, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote
March 21, 2017 Senate Hearing
March 29, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB591 Revision: 622 Date: Feb. 24, 2017, 1:56 p.m.
HB591 Revision: 623 Date: Jan. 25, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Docket


March 29, 2017: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 03/29/2017; SJ 11


March 29, 2017: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/29/2017; SC 16


March 21, 2017: Hearing: 03/21/2017, Room 103, SH, 10:00 am; SC 15


Feb. 16, 2017: Introduced 02/16/2017 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 7


Feb. 15, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 0260h: MA VV 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 19


Feb. 15, 2017: Amendment # 2017-0260h: AA VV 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 19


Feb. 15, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0260h for 02/15/2017 (Vote 17-0; CC) HC 11 P. 15


Feb. 8, 2017: Executive Session: 02/08/2017 10:15 AM LOB 305


Jan. 31, 2017: Public Hearing: 01/31/2017 01:00 PM LOB 305


Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 3 P. 20