There’s gold in them dry hills!
That’s according to an Associated Press report, which shows that California’s historic drought has led a mini Gold Rush.
"With the drought going on, we're able to dig in more locations that wouldn't be accessible at later times," Tim Amavisca told the Associated Press as he panned for gold in the Bear River with his teenage daughter.
The drought, one of the worst in California’s history, has prompted the state and federal governments to severely cut water supplies to farms and cities. It has left river and stream levels dangerously low. Click here for the latest on the California drought.
The drought has also exposed old rivers, bridges, railway likes and junked cars previously submerged in lakes and reservoirs. But it’s in the mountain rivers and streams in the same Sierra Nevada foothills famous for drawing legions of fortune seeks in the mid-1800s that are again bringing new chances to earn extra cash.