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A California legislative panel has proposed action that would extend a ban on suction dredge gold mining for five years. The full legislature has yet to take final action.
A bill that restricts mining in salmon and trout streams advances in the Oregon Senate. The measure sets a 5-year ban on suction dredge mining -- the practice of sucking up river gravels to look for precious metals.
Water | Communities | Environment | Politics | Fish & Wildlife | Land useMarch 4, 2015 2:30 a.m.
The Washington and Oregon legislatures are considering limits on suction dredge mining -- a technique that uses large floating vacuums to suck up rocky streambeds and sift out precious metals.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved a number of mining operations on the Klamath River in 2004. The ruling applies to salmon streams throughout the West, where suction dredge mining claims will now be harder to work.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has signed a bill into law that will limit the number of small gold-mining dredges in Oregon's waterways.
The U.S. Forest Service wants new restrictions on mining on the Chetco River in southwest Oregon and has asked the Bureau of Land Management to place a stretch of the river under temporary protection for two years.
Members of Oregon's congressional delegation introduced two bills today that would restrict gold mining on the Chetco River in southern Oregon.
A national conservation group has named the Chetco river in southwest Oregon one of the country's 10 most endangered rivers this year.