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?...
929 Thu Aug 01 19:50:02 EDT 2019 John Deddy Miami, FL , United States
928 Thu Aug 01 19:49:20 EDT 2019 John Deddy Miami, FL , United States
927 Thu Jun 13 19:38:56 EDT 2019 John Deddy Miami, FL , United States
926 Tue Jun 11 20:03:35 EDT 2019 Antoinette Gonzales VICTORVILLE, CA , United States
925 Tue Jun 04 12:57:58 EDT 2019 Bill O\'Brien Beaverton, OR , United States
924 Tue May 07 10:54:41 EDT 2019 Veroune Chittim Selma, OR , USA It disturbs the shallow river bed necessary for laying eggs and hatching!
923 Tue May 07 02:05:19 EDT 2019 mauricio carvajal Santiago, MB , CL
922 Mon May 06 19:29:20 EDT 2019 Gary Wright Cottage Grove, OR , United States
921 Mon May 06 19:27:50 EDT 2019 Gary Wright Cottage Grove, OR , United States
920 Mon Mar 04 16:58:24 EST 2019 Diane Tabbott Jacksonville, FL , US
919 Wed Feb 13 08:27:09 EST 2019 Suzanne Delaney Indialantic, FL , United States
918 Tue Feb 05 17:48:31 EST 2019 John Deddy Miami, FL , United States
917 Wed Jan 30 07:24:00 EST 2019 Chantal Buslot Hasselt, ot , Belgium
916 Tue Jan 29 21:40:52 EST 2019 Elizabeth Watts Boynton Beach, FL , United States
915 Tue Jan 29 16:29:12 EST 2019 Dianna Stirpe Portland, OR , US The reckless activity of suction dredging sucks up river-bottom gravel and microorganisms vital to the health of all rivers, including spawning grounds of salmon, and it destroys anything else living along More....
914 Tue Jan 29 14:06:24 EST 2019 Kathleen Williams Ft. Lauderdale, FL , USA Current wild salmon populations -- a keystone species -- are already being decimated as a direct result of mankind\'s recklessness and greed. Their survival is presently threatened by not only sea lice More....
913 Tue Jan 29 14:02:11 EST 2019 Kathleen Williams Ft. Lauderdale, FL , USA Current wild salmon populations -- a keystone species -- are already being decimated as a direct result of mankind\'s recklessness and greed. Their survival is presently threatened by not only sea lice More....
912 Mon Jan 21 14:43:54 EST 2019 Christina Irwin Lake Oswego, OR , United States The suction dredge mining will damage habitat for salmon and steelhead which are iconic to Oregon and have been greatly endangered by other practices. They also disturb salmon eggs so that the reproduction More....
911 Mon Jan 14 19:14:35 EST 2019 Gary Wright Cottage Grove, OR , United States
910 Fri Jan 11 03:34:22 EST 2019 ISABEL CERVERA Salisbury Rowan County, NC , Estados Unidos
909 Wed Dec 26 07:56:42 EST 2018 ISABEL CERVERA Salisbury Rowan County, NC , Estados Unidos
908 Sat Dec 22 12:25:24 EST 2018 Danika Esden-Tempski Eugene, OR , United States
907 Sat Dec 22 12:24:55 EST 2018 Danika Esden-Tempski Eugene, OR , United States
906 Mon Dec 17 12:53:15 EST 2018 Janice Parker Dallas, OR , United States
905 Wed Nov 07 14:02:45 EST 2018 Sudeshna Ghosh Jefferson, LA , United States
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