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Ask for a Moratorium on Suction Dredging in Salmon Habitat!

Testimony needed for a hearing on Senate Bill 838 that would enact a 5 year moratorium on suction dredging in salmon habitat, and direct the Governor's office to study the effects and propose new protective regulations for our streams.

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Suction Dredges on the IllinoisIf passed a new bill in the Oregon Senate (Senate Bill 838) would place a 5-year temporary moratorium on suction dredge mining on rivers and streams that provide habitat for salmon, while directing the Governor's office to lead agencies and stakeholders in crafting a proposal for a new regulatory framework for suction dredging in Oregon. This proposal to the legislature would protect salmon habitat, create a fee structure to pay for reasonable enforcement of the rules and safeguard other aquatic species and water quality while simpliying the permit process.

This is a great first step. One glitch in the bill is that there is no requirement that the regulations to protect salmon be enacted.  So we need to ask that the recommended new regulations be enacted, otherwise all of those suction dredges will be back on the Rogue, Illinois, Umpqua and many other rivers throughout Oregon in 2018.

We need to ensure our State Senators know that Oregonian's want Senate Bill 838 passed, and ensure that it requires the future protection of our treasured rivers, fish and way of life.

Take Action: There is an important hearing on this bill in Salem on Monday, April 15th, and we need your help in any of the following ways!

1. Come to the hearing: A big ask, but it's important that we show public support for this bill, if you live in southern Oregon, contact us about carpooling if you would like to go. The hearing is in the capitol building (900 Court St NE  Salem, OR), hearing room C at 3pm on Monday April 15th.

2. Write testimony: If you can't make it in person, please submit written testimony of your experiences with suction dredging, why you want it stopped and what you value as a boater, fisherman, landowner or other recreational user of our waterways by April 14th to ensure that your views are represented. If you don't say it, no one else will! It's much easier than it sounds, just write a letter using some tips below and send it to the committee administrator.

Share Your Story, Protect Our Waterways

In your written testimony describe in your own words why you are concerned about suction dredging in Oregon's streams and rivers. Speak from your role as a boater, fisherman, business owner, landowner or other enjoyment of rivers and streams--lawmakers need to hear why their voters want them to act. 

1) Use the info below to craft your testimony, use your own words and stories! This link also has useful information (

2) Prepare testimony for SB 838.

3) Have your testimony prepared and submitted to the committee administrator ( 24 hours prior to the hearing which is Sunday April 14th.

Testimony of (YOUR NAME HERE) before the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee in support of Senate Bill 838 relating to suction dredging

April 15th, 2013

Senator Dingfelder, members of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee,

My name is (YOUR NAME HERE) and I am here to speak as a citizen of Oregon. I strongly support Senate Bill 838, an act to enact a moratorium and create a new regulatory framework for the practice of suction dredge mining in Oregon's streams and rivers.


- Describe your background, and personal or professional interests at stake.

- Why you are concerned.

- Why you believe Oregon should act now.

- Any other things you think the committee should know.

I support the goals of SB 838 and urge members of the committee to vote in favor of this bill as well as amendments to require the implementation of the new regulatory framework. Thank you. 





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