VICTORY! Oregon Suction Dredge Moratorium
We fought hard against the practice of suction dredging in Oregon because it disturbs our shared rivers and harms wild salmon and steelhead. WELC helped our conservation colleagues engage legislators on a new state law permanently banning suction dredge mining in “essential salmonid habitat” in Oregon. The new law will become effective Jan. 1, 2018, and fully protect 20,688 river miles, or about one-fifth of all river miles in Oregon.
We also continue to defend a prior, temporary state ban, and will argue that case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which will affect whether the permanent ban will remain.
Photo by the University of Oregon.