County Votes Against Anti-mining Effort


Eugene Weekly by Camilla Mortensen May 2, 2013   The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife killed sea lion number CO22 (or as activist group Sea Shepherd dubbed him, Brian) April 16, for eating too many salmon, but conservationists say that it’s suction dredge mining, sucking up riverbeds in giant vacuums, that poses a bigger … Continue reading County Votes Against Anti-mining Effort

Lawmakers mull gold dredging moratorium


    By Jeff Barnard The Associated Press April 19, 2013   A bill to put a five-year moratorium on using suction dredges to mine for gold in key salmon streams is moving through the Oregon Legislature.   By a 3-2 vote Wednesday night, the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee referred Senate Bill 838 … Continue reading Lawmakers mull gold dredging moratorium

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

Oregon Considers Gold Dredge Ban on Salmon Streams


Associated Press by Jeff Barnard, March 5, 2013 GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Gold Rush of the 1850s helped settle Oregon, enticing sailors to jump ship and farmers to take a detour from the Oregon Trail. More than a century later, some state lawmakers want to clamp down harder on modern gold-mining gear known as … Continue reading Oregon Considers Gold Dredge Ban on Salmon Streams

Scenic rivers run through it


  Oregon, that is — and Bates' bill would protect some of them from being dredged   February 22, 2013   Medford Mail Tribune   State Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, has introduced a bill that would restrict suction dredge gold mining on some parts of some creeks and rivers in the state. The measure is … Continue reading Scenic rivers run through it

Press Release: Legislation Introduced to Protect Water Quality and Wild Salmon in Oregon


For immediate release February 19, 2013   Contact John Ward, Rogue Flyfishers (Medford), 541.482.2859 Frank Armendariz, River Trail Outfitters (Eugene), 541.228.4084   Salem, OR — Local businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, and conservation organizations applaud the recent introduction of Senate Bill 401 by Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford/Ashland) which would protect 30 rivers as State Scenic Waterways in … Continue reading Press Release: Legislation Introduced to Protect Water Quality and Wild Salmon in Oregon