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Rogue Riverkeeper works to protect against threats to our water resources in the Rogue River watershed through enforcementfield workcommunity actionrestoration and advocacy.

Rogue Riverkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which is an international network of advocates who fight for clean water in over 300 waterways worldwide. The guiding principle of Waterkeepers is that without water, there can be no life, and without clean water, there can be no healthy life. We all work for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters. 

We work to safeguard the health of the Rogue River, using fundamental environmental protections such as the Clean Water Act to improve water quality across the watershed.

We are working to protect clean water in the Rogue River by:

·      Reforming harmful suction dredge mining: Rogue Riverkeeper is working with partners across the state to improve regulation of suction dredge mining. This is a type of recreational gold mining that effectively vacuums up the bottoms of rivers, smothering spawning gravel for salmon, killing juvenile fish, and mobilizing heavy metals.

·      Reviewing and monitoring pollution discharged into the Rogue: We work to track, review, and provide comments on permits for pollution released into the Rogue River. Rogue Riverkeeper reviews chronic sources of pollution, such as wastewater treatment plants, and identifies problem facilities.

·      Improving protections for streams from damaging logging practices: Rogue Riverkeeper works to address water pollution from logging roads and other forest practices. We are currently working to ensure that southern Oregon streams are included in efforts to improve regulation of stream buffers on private forestlands.

·      Stopping a proposed liquefied natural gas export and pipeline project: The LNG pipeline would cross 379 waterbodies in the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath watersheds and harm dozens of threatened species including Coho salmon.







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