How to Find Gold ! - Recovery Pump I built this gold recovery pump to solve problems I was having getting high grade gold bearing material out of streams and rivers. I looked to purchase a pump like this and found nothing. This pumps gold bearing material out of deep holes, cracks, crevices or directly from a stream or river. Other prospectors (older) said I was high grading (meaning only recovering the best material) with the pump. The past problem has always been that getting gold was too labor intensive. This pump solves that problem. It uses no gas or fuels and very little energy. When I am looking for a good gold area I move from location to location until I hit coarse gold and then work that spot until I have reasonable depleted it. That is easy with this highly portable pump.