With the explosive popularity of hose-suction gold mining in western American rivers and streams, it’s prompted an outcry among those who worry about fish spawning areas in those waterbodies, not to mention conflicts with boaters, fishers and swimmers.
Things have been coming to a head in southern and southwestern Oregon where hose-suction mining has grown considerably over the past few years, especially since California recently outlawed such mining altogether just across the border. Oregon lawmakers are now contemplating the same sort of moratorium saying that the state’s tourism industry requires unfettered access to the state’s rivers and streams. In addition, they claim that suction dredging is a concern for Oregon’s commercial and recreational fishing industries which require healthy stream beds to produce young fish. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.