Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has signed a bill into law that will limit the number of small gold-mining dredges in Oregon's waterways.
The state of California has closed a loophole that gold miners have been using to keep using suction dredges, despite a statewide moratorium.
A bill that restricts mining in salmon and trout streams advances in the Oregon Senate. The measure sets a 5-year ban on suction dredge mining -- the practice of sucking up river gravels to look for precious metals.
Anyone who wants to mine gold in Idaho streams with a suction dredge will need to get a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday makes it harder for miners to gain access to Northwest rivers. Environmental groups hailed the decision as a major victory.
A bill to restrict suction dredge mining on sections of 30 rivers in Oregon, including the Rogue and Illinois drainages, has fired up the mining camp as well as the environmental and recreational communities.
This week we learn how recreational mining that uses suctioning equipment on river bottoms is stirring up controversy in Idaho. And we find that a two-year-old decision to take water out of a Western Washington river for beverage production is now coming under scrutiny.
A recreational miner in Idaho now has the exclusive right to mine for gold along a stretch of the Salmon River. The lease process approved by the Idaho Land Board this week raises some questions about the suction dredging technique he will use to get the gold.
BOISE, Idaho— The Idaho Land Board has approved a mineral lease sought by a man who wants to dredge a half-mile section of the Salmon River for gold and garnets.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved a number of mining operations on the Klamath River in 2004. The ruling applies to salmon streams throughout the West, where suction dredge mining claims will now be harder to work.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Authorities say a Washington developer whose plans for mining gold on a premier Oregon salmon river inspired a bill in Congress to stop him has forfeited his claims.