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Common now the State troopers were invited to this meeting and the other meetings held on this subject for commenting, training not crowd control.
There are countless studies that show that any effects with the small suction dredges are diminimis. One of these was done by the US EPA, the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Everyones concerned with Mercury effects but I'm not hearing any concerns with the countless numbers of lead weights that are put into our waters ever year by those of us that fish. When the lead dissolves, it doesn't disappear. It just moves with the water, so that when contaminated water moves in the ground water, the dissolve lead with it ends up in ground water. When the contaminated water is pumped out of the water supply well, the lead ends up in that water supply being provided.
The suction dredgers take out many pounds of lead each year.
There is something like 17,000 rivers and streams in Oregon with total miles of 114,823. you put 2000 miners on the rivers
River miles impacted by 2K dredges @ 4 dredges per mile = 500 miles or 1.8%
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