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Leave the diggins alone

Regarding your story last week about the plan to spread sludge on hydraulic diggins: Oh, no. Leave the diggins alone. They are as much our historic legacy as any building and should be cherished.

To many who grew up around here, wintertime (and nighttime) outings in the diggins are as beloved as the Yuba River swimming holes. The hydraulic diggins have been our places of refuge and recreation over the last century. They were raw scars a hundred years ago, but now they have healed into islands of adapted life, supporting fragrant wild azalea breaks, quail conveys, and curiously, bonsai’d pines and manzanita. From the time the snow flies until the spring runoff,, the woods are cold, dark and soggy, while the diggins are open to the sun, inviting us to picnic on the warm dry gravel, play in a miniature moon-mountains, investigate the geology of the ancient riverbeds, or find purple glass and mule shoes from the early days.



Don’t spread sludge to try to reforest the diggins. They are treasures just the way they are. Keep the sludge where it is and use it to anoint the noses of developers.

T.J. Meekins




Alta Sierra


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