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  •  The Yuba River, upstream from Marysville, 50 (0+ / 0-)

    miles north of Sacramento, was forced a mile north and into a channel by the Army Corps, decades ago.

    That created 10,000 acres of new lands, covered with a billion dollars worth of high-grade gravel, washed down from the hydraulic gold mining on the 1800s.

    California said that was state lands, since it was river bottom at the time of statehood.  The USA said you couldn't navigate the Yuba, so that rule didn't count, and it was federal lands.

    Meanwhile, in the legal confusion, a Texas-based mining company took countless millions of dollars worth of government-owned gravel.

    Its called the Yuba Goldfields.  The Yuba River still boasts several runs of wild salmon and other endangered fishies and eels.

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