YES YOU ARE LEGAL with the 600 Permit
To find out more, go to the 600 permit area of the linked page below.
I, Linda Perry, spoke to Kathy, DEQ, and Jim Billings, Portland. Billings is head of the sort of prospecting you guys are doing. Wanting to get the information straight for the news program, I found that you guys, believe it or not, are doing everything okay. I even spoke to a State Police game trooper. The trooper would be the one who would check out any mining complaint. We talked about taking buckets of water by hand out of the river for your circulating high banker. He said it was okay as long as fish eggs were not present, if they were then don't take water from river. (Eggs can be in the river from Sept 15-June/July.) Make sure the water seeps into the ground and does not run back into the river. Try to set up a good ways from the river so not to bring on undue 'checking out' by the troopers.
THOUGHT YOU'D WANT TO KNOW....LP
You must stay back from the high water mark of the river for digging, not on banks.
And you will have to renew your 600 permit by Dec. 31, 2016.
Read about it on the link page above.