Gold Dredging the Rogue May Become a Thing of the Past
The recent discovery of elevated levels of mercury in the Rogue Riverís pikeminnow has created a reluctance among state water managers to allow general dredging in salmon habitat where levels of toxins eclipse federal Clean Water Act Standards.
The State Department of Environmental Quality is rewriting a five-year, general water quality permit needed by gold dredgers beginning in 2015 and its current draft would not cover the Rogue.
Miners believe they are being penalized on a technicality by an environmental movement that simply wants dredgers to disappear from the state. Rick Barclay, Chairman of the Galice Mining District along the Rogue calls it ďan end run aroundĒ minerís rights.