Suction Dredgers Release the McCracken


By Bob Ferris   "While some people are skeptical about the subject, the condition of “gold fever” really does exist. I know, because I have felt the heat and confusion on more than one occasion." Dave McCracken   If there is truly such a thing such as “gold fever” in the West, Dave McCracken—or Dave … Continue reading Suction Dredgers Release the McCracken

Of Dynamite, Lead, Mercury, Storms and the Myths of Suction Dredging


By Bob Ferris   About a decade ago I watched a giant front-end loader pull a metal culvert  that was restricting fish passage out of a steelhead stream in Southern California.  It was fun to watch and gratifying because my organization at the time had a hand in making it happen, but I did not … Continue reading Of Dynamite, Lead, Mercury, Storms and the Myths of Suction Dredging

The Suction Dredging War Starts in Washington: Gentlemen Do Not Start Your Engines


By Bob Ferris     The above clip came to mind when I was dealing with a recent posting on a fishing site about suction dredge mining in Washington State.  No one expects the Spanish Inquisition and most are not prepared for the onslaught of vitriol, misinformation, threats and bullying typically unleashed by the suction … Continue reading The Suction Dredging War Starts in Washington: Gentlemen Do Not Start Your Engines

Governor Signs Bill to Protect Salmon Habitat by Reducing Impacts of Suction Dredge Gold Mining on Oregon Rivers


For immediate release August 15, 2013   Contact Forrest English, Rogue Riverkeeper, 541-261-2030 Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, 541-844-8182 Erik Fernandez, Oregon Wild, 503-283-6343 x202 Jim McCarthy, WaterWatch of Oregon, 541-708-0731   Governor Signs Bill to Protect Salmon Habitat Bill to Reduce Impacts of Suction Dredge Gold Mining on Oregon Rivers   Salem, OR — Anglers, … Continue reading Governor Signs Bill to Protect Salmon Habitat by Reducing Impacts of Suction Dredge Gold Mining on Oregon Rivers

Fantastic Fourth Float


To celebrate the recent passage of the suction dredging bill and in an effort to remove myself from the computer, a friend of mine Kyle who works for a local watershed council and I decided to paddle down the Willamette River from Eugene to Independence Oregon, just south of Salem.  Growing up paddling in the … Continue reading Fantastic Fourth Float

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

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

Southern Oregon miners file injunction to stop legislation on motorized mining moratorium


By Yuxing Zheng, The Oregonian  April 26, 2013   SALEM — A southern Oregon mining group is seeking an injunction in federal court to stop bills under consideration in the Legislature that would place a moratorium on motorized mining.   Galice Mining District and four representatives filed the request in U.S. District Court in Eugene … Continue reading Southern Oregon miners file injunction to stop legislation on motorized mining moratorium

FONSI not Fonzie


  By Bob Ferris   "…not once during the many hours of public testimony was the committee presented with scientific evidence that the practice of small-scale suction dredge mining is damaging to fish populations or the environment." Oregon State Senator Olsen in an op-ed in Oregon Business    During the recent hearing on suction dredging … Continue reading FONSI not Fonzie