Help Save Our Wild Salmon Heritage: Ban Suction Dredge Mining

Threats to imperiled salmon runs are plentiful: dams, logging, roadbuilding, hatcheries. You can add one more to the list: suction dredge mining for gold in prime salmon spawning streams. This reckless activity typically involves using a gasoline-powered motor with a long vacuum hose connected to it that sucks up the riverbottom gravels in an attempt to locate flecks of gold — destroying vital salmon eggs and anything else that lives along the riverbed.

California took action to ban this harmful practice. This has led to a new "gold rush" here in Oregon and other states in Cascadia. Iconic places like the Lower Rogue River, the Illinois River, and the South Umpqua River in Oregon have become ground zero for this activity. With salmon and steelhead populations struggling in Cascadia, it is important that this practice is banned.

Steelhead will benefit from the passage of suction dredge legislation (photo courtesy of Caddis Fly).Please add your name below and join with other anglers, conservationists, and recreationists in calling for the governors in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska to do everything in their power to encourage their legislatures, state agencies, and the federal entities operating within their states to take all possible legislative and enforcement actions to protect salmon and steelhead habitats from this unnecessary and destructive endeavor. 

Top Image: A Suction Dredge Mining rig (unknown credit). Bottom Image: Steelhead will benefit from the passage of suction dredge legislation (photo courtesy of Caddis Fly).


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NumberDateDateLocationWhy should suction dredging for gold in salmon habitat be banned?...
989 Wed Nov 27 22:37:55 EST 2019 s klof SALEM, OR , United States Protect our rivers and those who depend upon them
988 Tue Nov 26 22:14:57 EST 2019 mauricio carvajal Santiago, ot , CL
987 Fri Nov 22 05:16:49 EST 2019 claudia correia portimão, MD , Portugal
986 Thu Nov 21 17:18:29 EST 2019 dan hoton Tucson, AZ , United States Find gold elsewhere!! Protect our salmon!!
985 Thu Nov 21 17:17:38 EST 2019 Deanna Horton Tucson, AZ , United States Protect our salmon - intentional destruction of salmons\' waters are wrong!! Their entire ecosystem will be harmed - STAY OUT!!!
984 Thu Nov 21 15:55:47 EST 2019 Caephren McKenna Oakland, CA , US Suction dredging is a destructive practice that destroys and that it impacts including critical habitat and both threatened and endangered species.
983 Thu Nov 21 11:42:22 EST 2019 Terrie Williams Vidor, TX , United States
982 Thu Nov 21 11:17:24 EST 2019 Mel Feder Philomath, OR , US
981 Mon Nov 18 18:27:01 EST 2019 Colleen Lobel San Diego, CA , United States I care for the wildlife and sea life.
980 Mon Nov 18 15:32:54 EST 2019 Dennis Wolff Cave Springs, AR , United States
979 Sat Nov 09 14:02:44 EST 2019 Audrey Collins Chiloquin, OR , United States
978 Sat Nov 09 12:13:51 EST 2019 Casey Jo Remy Days Creek Rd, OR , United States
977 Fri Nov 08 19:51:17 EST 2019 Janice Banks Center Barnstead, NH , United States
976 Fri Nov 08 14:02:56 EST 2019 Diane Tabbott Jacksonville, FL , US
975 Fri Nov 08 13:11:16 EST 2019 Jodi Rodar Pelham, MA , United States
974 Wed Nov 06 16:26:00 EST 2019 Lorraine Foster Portland, OR , US
973 Tue Nov 05 11:53:22 EST 2019 Bill O\'Brien Beaverton, OR , United States
972 Sun Oct 27 10:52:52 EDT 2019 Daniel Jaffee Portland, OR , United States
971 Sat Oct 26 19:07:01 EDT 2019 Caephren McKenna Oakland, CA , US 206 -->205Suction dredging should be banned because it destroys fish spawning opportunities for salmon which affects fish populations and damages stream health and sustainability for all species that depend on them.
970 Fri Oct 25 14:15:14 EDT 2019 Jon Wood Portland, OR , US
969 Fri Oct 25 14:13:11 EDT 2019 Jon Wood Portland, OR , US
968 Fri Oct 25 14:03:20 EDT 2019 Maria Aragon Alamogordo, NM , US Because of climate change, salmon are increasingly endangered, so we must take greater care to conserve the places they need to survive.
967 Fri Oct 25 12:03:06 EDT 2019 Peggy Schramm WAUKEGAN, IL , US
966 Fri Oct 25 11:46:33 EDT 2019 Terrie Williams Vidor, TX , United States
965 Fri Oct 25 10:26:24 EDT 2019 Kelly Riley Hatfield, PA , US It affects the salmon, and further affects other animal species who rely on them for food.
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