Oregon puts restrictions on suction dredge mining
Governor Kate Brown signed legislation to protect rivers across the state of Oregon that provide habitat for iconic salmon from suction dredge mining.
Suction dredge mining is a type of recreational gold mining that uses a motorized floating dredge to suck up the bottom of rivers.
“The scientific literature demonstrates a broad array of negative effects of suction dredge gold mining. It clearly works against efforts to recover salmon runs,” said Matt Sloat, Director of Science for Wild Salmon Center.