California drought spurs mini gold rush in Sierra

Associated Press
In this photo taken Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Tim Amavisca, 38, displays a small vile of gold flakes found while gold panning along the Bear River near Colfax, Calif. Amavisca is among the amateur prospectors that have flocked to the Sierra Nevada foothills, that, due to the historic drought are taking advantage of the lower water levels to search for gold in riverbeds that have been unreachable for decades.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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One of the worst droughts in California history has prompted the state and federal governments to severely cut water supplies to farms and cities. It's also left rivers and streams at dangerously low levels, imperiling fish and wildlife. (AP)

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