Thursday, February 21, 2013

Help Protect the Chetco River from Suction Dredge Mining

The Chetco River is among southern Oregon's crowned jewels when it comes to producing wild chinook and winter steelhead. Recently however, the rising price of gold and increased interest in suction dredge mining has posed a major threat to the habitat in the Chetco. Thanks to an outdated law written in the late 19th century which gives mining precedence over other values there is a need for action at the Federal level. American Rivers has put together a petition asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to suspend all mining on the Chetco for 5 years to give state and federal legislators time to  put permanent protections in place for the Chetco.

Please take 30 seconds to sign the petition and add your voice to the growing chorus of citizens asking our government to put the outstanding natural values of the Chetco River first:

1 comment:

Bob said...

Thank you for posting this piece. This is an important issue and we all need to work on this as well as support Oregon SB 401 and other efforts to keep suction dredgers out of important salmon and steelhead rivers.

Bob Ferris
Cascadia Wildlands