Oregon agency protects famed river from mining proposal

Oregon environmental officials have used, for the first time, a special designation to protect an iconic river — a move that most likely dooms a long-running effort to build a nickel mine nearby.

Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to designate the North Fork Smith River — which begins in southwest Oregon and flows into California — as an Outstanding Resource Waters.

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