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 Thanks to an outdated law written in the late 19th century which gives mining precedence over other values there is a need for action at the Federal level.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: