How drought sparked another gold rush in California
The lack of rain has dramatically reduced the flow of many rivers in the region, exposing areas that for decades were covered in water and are now accessible.
This means that in recent times the number of people dedicated to digging for gold on the banks of California’s rivers – mainly as a hobby or to earn additional monthly income – has increased.
This is confirmed by Jim Jeffrey, who owns a business in the town of Temecula where he sells the tools that prospectors use to find the precious metal.
Once a month, Jeffrey organizes an excursion on the San Gabriel River, about 25 miles outside of the city of Los Angeles, which is usually attended by about 20 people whose hobbies are digging for gold.