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

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

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

Senate Bill Would Expand Protections for Oregon’s Rivers


February 20, 2013 Rachael McDonald–KLCC   A bill introduced in the legislature by Senator Alan Bates of southern Oregon would expand protections for the state's rivers. It has the support of environmentalists and recreationalists.   Senate Bill 401 expands the number of rivers and bodies of water that are protected as State Scenic Waterways. It … Continue reading Senate Bill Would Expand Protections for Oregon’s Rivers

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

Bates Champions Waterways


      DR. ALAN BATES State Senator, District 3  Ashland, Jacksonville, Medford, Phoenix, Talent    Deputy Majority Leader Co-chair, Human Services Joint Subcommittee Member, Joint Ways & Means        News Release   February 11, 2013   CONTACT:      Jeff Scroggin (503) 986-1703 or  sen.alanbates@state.or.us   Bates stands up for Southern Oregon … Continue reading Bates Champions Waterways

Talking Dredging Depressions and Dunkings in Dunsmuir


By Bob Ferris   My wife and I spent some time in Dunsmuir, California this past weekend—a spot filled with lovely mountain air and small town sparkle.  And as we were walking down the main drag in town getting kinks out of our backs and circulation into our buns after our long drive, we  stopped … Continue reading Talking Dredging Depressions and Dunkings in Dunsmuir

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

Dredging Up The Truth


By Bob Ferris   With every complicated, science-based issue we seem to tackle, from climate change to wolves and from forestry to diesel particulates, there seems to be a handful of slide-rule era-educated, contrarian scientists who pull themselves up from the depths of retirement to confuse the issue.  These self-proclaimed mavens generally have some credentials, but not the … Continue reading Dredging Up The Truth