Press Release: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds State Efforts to Protect Salmon Habitat from Mining


For immediate release September 12, 2018 Contacts: Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands, (314) 482-3746, nick@cascwild.org Pete Frost, Western Environmental Law Center, 541-359-3238, frost@westernlaw.org Stacey Detwiler, Rogue Riverkeeper, (541) 488-9831, stacey@rogueriverkeeper.org Jonathan Evans, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 844-7118, jevans@biologicaldiversity.org PORTLAND, Ore.— This morning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Oregon law restricting motorized gold … Continue reading Press Release: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds State Efforts to Protect Salmon Habitat from Mining

Saving Oregon’s Famed Rivers and Wild Salmon from Gold Mining


by Nick Cady, Legal Director It has been a long road to suction-dredge mining reform in Oregon, but this campaign is close to finalizing permanent protections for Oregon’s iconic rivers and wild salmon.  Suction dredging is an incredibly harmful, gold-mining practice that involves sucking up fragile river bottoms through a large, gas-powered vacuum. This mining practice … Continue reading Saving Oregon’s Famed Rivers and Wild Salmon from Gold Mining

Federal Court in Oregon Rejects Miners’ Challenge to Suction-dredge Regulations


For Immediate Release March 25, 2016   Contact Nick Cady, Cascadia Wildlands (541) 434-1463 Forrest English, Rogue Riverkeeper 541-261-2030 Roger Flynn, Mining Action Project 303-823-5738 Lori Ann Burd, Center for Biological Diversity 971-717-6405 Jake Crawford, Native Fish Society (720) 253-8485   Federal Court Upholds Oregon’s Right to Protect Water Quality and Fish Habitat Court Finds … Continue reading Federal Court in Oregon Rejects Miners’ Challenge to Suction-dredge Regulations

Suction Dredge Reform Bill Passes Legislature


Salem Statesman Journal by Zach Urness July 8, 2013   A bill that would scale back the number of suction dredge mining permits issued in Oregon has passed the House and Senate and heads to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is expected to sign the bill into law.     Senate Bill 838 … Continue reading Suction Dredge Reform Bill Passes Legislature

Press Release: Bill to Protect Salmon Habitat in Oregon Passes House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature


For immediate release July 8, 2013   Contact: Forrest English, Rogue Riverkeeper, 541-261-2030 Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, 541-844-8182   Salem, OR — Celebrated by fishermen, landowners, outdoor recreation businesses, and river advocates, Senate Bill 838 (SB 838) has just been passed by the Oregon House and Senate. SB 838 is now on the Governor’s desk … Continue reading Press Release: Bill to Protect Salmon Habitat in Oregon Passes House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature

Protecting Oregon’s Rivers from Suction Dredge Mining


Editorial by the Register-Guard March 4, 2013   Nearly a quarter century has passed since Oregon last updated the State Scenic Waterways Program, which increases protection for the state’s most treasured rivers and limits destructive activities such as suction-dredge mining.   The program, overwhelmingly approved by state voters in 1970, is long overdue for an … Continue reading Protecting Oregon’s Rivers from Suction Dredge Mining

Coho Protection Focus of Suction Dredge Mining Suit


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

General Response to Joe Greene


[Editor's note: When the New 49er's griped about the bias of scientists involved in the public advisory committee for suction dredging in California, the State eventually acquiesced allowed the New 49ers to invite two people with science degrees from their camp.  They selected Joe Greene and Claudia Wise retired EPA scientists from Oregon and current … Continue reading General Response to Joe Greene

The Impacts of Suction Dredge Mining


Suction dredging harms fish and other wildlife. Suction dredging reduces the ability of fish to see, feed, and spawn. Additionally, the turbidity and increased sedimentation caused by suction dredging can clog fish’s gills. These impacts further threaten Oregon’s fish and other aquatic wildlife, including endangered salmon species.   Suction dredging decreases water quality, which harms … Continue reading The Impacts of Suction Dredge Mining

Suction Dredging…Sucks


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