We are located in and around Medford, Oregon, USA. Our home water is the Rogue River that flows from the Cascade Mountain Range near Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. We are blessed to be in this wonderful local and value our resources and we strive to protect them.
Before the Joint Ways and Means Committee is currently a bill (Senate Bill 830) that could signficantly reform Oregon's suction dredging and riparian mining rules.
This is a great opportunity to show your support to this committee that you want to see changes to protect habitat for salmon and other aquatic species, preserve water quality, and reduce impacts to other users of our spectacular waterways!
Suggested talking points:
Suction dredge gold mining should not be allowed in habitat essential to salmon, lamprey, bull trout and sensitive mollusks.
Mining in sensitive riparian areas along our streams needs a more detailed and protective permitting process.
The number of permits should be limited throughout the state to provide a consistant level of impacts for environmental analysis.
Mining should be limited in areas the state has invested significant amounts of public dollars for restoration.
Permitting fees should be substantial enough to give the Department of Environmental Quality sufficient resources to administer and enforce a permit program to protect public waterways without burdening taxpayers.
Tips for good testimony:
Show up early! Testimony is heard in the order that folks sign up to speak.
Be brief and consice. If many people show up, each person may have only 2 or 3 minutes to speak.
Use a personal example. Talk about how mining in and next to our streams impacts what you value about Oregon's streams and rivers.