TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee conservation officials are drafting regulations on where and how people can look for gold in the southeast corner of the state.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the move comes as the popularity of gold prospecting increases in an area concentrated mostly on Coker Creek and the Tellico River.
Jonathon Burr, program manager with the mining section of TDEC's division of water resources, says the regulations are still being worked on but in general they would put some limits on panning and dredging for gold.
He said the rules would give some relief to popular streams with habitat damage and may prohibit searching for gold in streams that hold threatened or endangered aquatic species. In addition, dredging for gold might be limited to larger waterways.
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