Prospecting group says drought creates great gold panning conditions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County gold prospectors are taking advantage or this year's drought.

The Golden Valley Prospectors, who meet at Hart Park, said the record low water levels have led to bit of a gold rush.

"It makes it easier for us to prospect in places we would normally not be able to", said Adolf Lostaunau with the GVP.

Lostaunau said by using a sluice, a box used to disperse dirt easily, prospectors can find gold much easier than if the water levels were higher.

"We have been able to sluice areas that haven't been sluiced in a long long time," Lastanau said.

Although striking gold may be easier right now than before, the Golden Valley Prospectors said it is not the Gold Rush of 1849.

"People should still keep their day jobs," Lastaunau said.

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