Help Protect Rivers From Logging Road Runoff
The EPA has a responsibility to protect our rivers, streams and fish from pollution sources. Tell them that logging and other forest roads should be considered a pollution source and to be managed as such.
Most winters, we get a good amount of rain in the Rogue Basin, and when the rains come our rivers and streams turn swollen, brown and muddy. While some of this is a natural occurrence, additional soil, chemicals and other pollutants, from forest and logging roads get washed into our rivers and streams. This runoff is harmful to salmon, wildlife and people.
Sediment washed into rivers and streams is a part of the natural winter cycle, but we are seeing more and more of it along with other pollutants, primarily from logging roads, which are not currently managed for this pollution. These roads are now prominent pollution sources in wet weather events and are negatively impacting our local rivers, streams and fish populations.
The Clean Water Act was put in place more than 40 years ago to protect our public waterways throughout the country by preventing and controlling pollution at the source. There are systems in place to prevent stormwater runoff from cities, construction sites, and industry from going directly into rivers. However, forest and logging roads have been left out of the equation and these roads have become a major source of pollution for our local waterways.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a responsibility to protect rivers, streams and fish, including the Rogue. We urge the EPA to treat logging roads as a pollution source and to protect clean water from forest road runoff.