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Protect Our Rivers From Suction Dredge Gold Mining Into The Future

Salmon are currently enjoying a very temporary reprieve from the impacts of suction dredge gold mining in our rivers and streams, but it won’t last for long!

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dredge large tailings pilesSalmon are currently enjoying a very temporary reprieve from the impacts of suction dredge gold mining in our rivers and streams, but it won’t last for long! Thanks to the efforts of advocates like you, this January Oregon enacted a 5-year moratorium on gold mining with suction dredges and heavy equipment in our salmon streams.

Mining for gold directly in our streams is done by sucking up the bottom with gasoline-powered equipment called a suction dredge and sifting through the material for gold. This harms water clarity, suspends toxics like mercury in the water column, and damages spawning habitat for salmon. This form of mining relies on the use of public resources that belong to us all by appropriating them for private profit.

We now have an opportunity to make sure this 5-year “breather” is used to plan for the long haul by directing the State of Oregon to develop new rules that protect salmon habitat and clean water for all of us when the five years is up.

We’ve worked long and hard over the years to find a compromise that will protect clean water and salmon and allow mining to occur where it does not conflict with those values. Now it’s time to cross the finish line, can you help?

Take Action: Write your State Senator and Representative asking them to protect your clean water and fish by supporting SB 1530 today!

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