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Resource Extraction

Logging, mining, road-building, energy development

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Industrial resource extraction in the Rogue Basin has had dramatic deleterious impacts on aquatic resources. Historic logging operations denuded hillsides and dumped tons of sediment into creeks, fragmented landscapes and built roads through streams, and clearcut streamside forests that had provided vital shading for salmon-bearing rivers. Mining in the 19th and 20th centuries similarly impacted rivers and their fish by dumping sediment into the waterways and choking aquatic life.

Current logging and mining activities have impacts on the aquatic environment today, but fortunately there are environmental safeguards in place to minimize those impacts. Rogue Riverkeeper provides important public oversight to ensure laws are being implemented and followed to protect rivers, fish and aquatic ecosystems.

Click here to read about aquatic impacts of suction dredging.

Energy development also has tremendous environmental impacts, including a current proposal for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility and pipeline in southwest Oregon that would cross 379 waterbodies and harm water quality, salmon and other wildlife.

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