Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Chetco #7 of US Most Endangered Rivers

With much of its habitat protected within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest the Chetco River in Southwestern Oregon is a stronghold for winter steelhead and fall chinook and is protected as a Wild and Scenic River. Now with a proposal to suction dredge mine more than 24 miles of the river threatening the future of the watershed, American Rivers has listed the Chetco 7th on their list of America's most endangered rivers. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and a group of Senators and Congressmen have asked the department of the interior to revise an antiquated 19th century law which allows private companies and individuals to undertake destructive riverbed mining in public waterways. Visit American Rivers for more information.


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