Protecting waterways | Opinion |

Dredging bill is a first step, but a ban is better

Suction dredging in Oregon waterways has long been a contentious issue, pitting environmental, recreational and fishing interests against miners.

The tension ratcheted up several years ago, when Oregon’s neighbor to the south began tightening restrictions on suction dredges — gasoline-powered, raft-mounted vacuums that suck up streambed material and water in search of gold.

Source: Protecting waterways | Opinion | Eugene, Oregon