Monday, June 22, 2015

Protect fish and clean water from gold mining

Suction dredge gold mining is a practice in which riverbeds are “vacuumed up” by a large, loud, floating machine. Materials from the riverbed go through a sluice where heavy metals drop, in particular gold. Sediment is then discharged back into the river. Between 2009 and 2012, Oregon almost tripled the number of permits issued for suction dredge mining. Restrictions have been increasing in Idaho and California due to fish impacts and the mobilization of toxic mercury. As the price of gold fluctuates, miners rush to Oregon to cash in.
Meanwhile, gold mining using motorized equipment along these same streams has led to removal of trees that shade our streams and provide critical aquatic habitat. Mining in the floodplain involves the construction of pits in the floodplain that bleed sediment into our streams and capture and strand threatened salmon.
A bill before the Oregon legislature would finally enact permanent protections throughout Oregon from gold mining in salmon habitat, and streams already suffering from too much pollution.
Take Action: Please send a letter below urging a key committee to support Senate Bill 830 and protect our streams and riparian areas from gold mining! 
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