Excerpt from: Sucking Up Riverbeds–Is suction dredging ruining your favorite trout stream? By Ted Williams Fly Rod and Reel Magazine Spring 2013 “Part of the [suction dredgers’] pitch seems to be that mucking up rivers flowing through public lands is an honest-to-goodness, Don’t-Tread-On-Me, all-American right,” submits Cascadia Wildlands director Bob Ferris. “Poppycock … Continue reading Excerpt from:Sucking Up Riverbeds–Is suction dredging ruining your favorite trout stream?
Mail Tribune by Mark Freeman Three environmental groups are suing the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest for allegedly failing to protect threatened coho salmon from suction dredgers mining for gold in the Rogue River Basin's coho country. Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Medford, the suit seeks to require that NOAA-Fisheries biologists review suction dredging … Continue reading Coho Protection Focus of Suction Dredge Mining Suit
Suction dredging emerged as a recreational and economic activity when new technology began allowing miners to reach streambeds in deep rivers to mine for gold. Suction dredging uses a vacuum-like motor to suck up streambed material, which is then sifted through a sluice box for gold. California rivers proved especially lucrative for the so-called “New … Continue reading Suction Dredge Mining in California
By Bob Ferris My access point to my career in the conservation field came originally from fish. I caught my first trout on the Eel River in northern California while my family was on their way to visit the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. As we were on our way north, my mother grudgingly … Continue reading Suction Dredging…Sucks
Pacific salmon are a little like seagoing golden retrievers. Only instead of drool-slimed tennis balls, they retrieve nutrients lost from the land and gobbled up by an assortment of plankton (free-floaters) and nekton (swimmers) in the oceanic water column. Their dogged inland migration over millennia and suicidal sacrifice for their offspring in large part … Continue reading Pacific Salmon–Sea Going Golden Retrievers
"It's déjà vu all over again" –Yogi Berra Yogi Berra made the above quote when he watched Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the early 1960s. I feel the same way—absent the elation—as I watch this coal debate unfold here in Eugene just as it did in Bellingham two years … Continue reading Please Take a Cold Hard Look at Coal Trains