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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • I want to express my gratitude for Sen. Alan Bates and his leadership in passing a bill that will place sensible limits on suction dredge mining in Oregon's rivers.
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  • I want to express my gratitude for Sen. Alan Bates and his leadership in passing a bill that will place sensible limits on suction dredge mining in Oregon's rivers.
    Ten years ago, permits for suction dredge mining were few, but with California's recent moratorium on the practice, the removal of Gold Ray dam and current gold prices, the activity has increased by more than 500 percent. Where there were once four dredges on the Rogue near Gold Hill are now upwards of 30. This activity is harmful to our already dwindling salmon populations and it now crowds sections of river that are used by rafters and fishermen while also creating noise and air pollution.
    Senator Bates has remained strong in helping to ensure protections for our local rivers and streams so that activities such as suction dredge mining are properly regulated and sensibly limited. Please join me in supporting Senator Bates and his courageous leadership to ensure that our rivers and streams are quiet, healthy and enjoyable for all. — Robyn Janssen, Ashland
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