Bills Introduced to Curb Suction Dredge Mining to Protect Wild Salmon and Clean Water

The Oregon legislature is currently considering: 1) SB 838 which would enact a moratorium on suction dredge mining in Essential Salmon Habitat in Oregon, and 2) SB 401 which would require the state of Oregon to review a list of nearly 30 river segments and make a recommendation as to whether or not they should be included in the State Scenic Waterway system.