Mariposa Life

November 22, 2013

Debbie Croft: Rock piles go from eyesore to river restoration tool

Along Highway 16 between Snelling and Merced Falls, huge piles of discarded river rocks line the road. An aerial view shows almost 10 miles of historic dredge-mining tailings (rock mounds) covering the landscape and obscuring scenic waterfront property. The mounds are an eyesore — leftovers from a previous generation’s occupational efforts. Now they have been transformed into a key element in restoration of the river and preservation of native fish.

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