Suction Dredge Mining Bill Signed By OR Governor

Jun 13, 2017

Credit Oregon Wild

Vacuum action on Oregon streams moves from temporarily banned to permanently prohibited.

Both state House and Senate have passed the Suction Dredge Reform Bill (SB 3), and Governor Kate Brown signed the bill on June 14th.

Long a project of the late Senator Alan Bates, the bill prohibits suction dredge mining in Oregon streams where it would disturb sensitive fish habitat, while allowing the practice in areas where it will do less harm.

We talk with Nick  Cady of Cascadia Wildlands about what comes next.