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Ask Your Senators to Support the Suction Dredge Reform Bill!

Protect the Rogue - Ask Your Senators to Support the Suction Dredge Reform Bill! Next week, the state Senate will likely vote on the Suction Dredge Reform bill (SB 3-8). This legislation will permanently prohibit suction dredge mining in Oregon streams that support sensitive salmon and lamprey.

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Ask Your Senators to Support the Suction Dredge Reform Bill!

Suction dredge mining on the Illinois River.

Protect the Rogue and Ask Your Senators to Support the Suction Dredge Reform Bill!

 

Next week, the state Senate will likely vote on the Suction Dredge Reform bill (SB 3-8). This legislation will permanently prohibit suction dredge mining in Oregon streams that support sensitive salmon and lamprey.

Suction dredge mining is heavily concentrated in the Rogue and South Umpqua watersheds. It's a form of recreational gold mining that uses a motorized floating dredge to vacuum up riverbeds. This type of mining can:

  • Kill fish eggs and young fish;
  • Release plumes of sediment that coat riverbeds where salmon spawn; and
  • Stir up legacy mercury from historic mining, exposing fish and people to this toxin.

Help us stand up for clean water and native fish by asking your Senators to support the Suction Dredge Reform bill (SB 3-8)!

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