Coming recently from the Southwestern United States, I have seen time and again the increased social problems that inevitably accompany the “Boom Town” economies when new mining, oil and gas and other development activities come to small towns. The negative social impacts suggested by City Manager Banhke, therefore, are inevitable unless the City has the resources to deal with them. Especially in this case when it appears the state is not sharing in the increased revenue from gold dredging and not putting it back into the community. The Center for Water Advocacy supports the City’s efforts to address such impacts and encourage both state and local governments to consider the impacts on social welfare, subsistence uses and the environment that come with resources extraction.