Oregon Senate passes bill to limit gold dredges

July 3, 2013 • Business

FILE- This July 23, 2010 file photo shows Bob O’Day of Snowflake, Ariz., with flakes of gold he mined in a full day’s work with a suction dredge from the Rogue River near Gold Hill, Ore. The influx of out-of-state miners like O’Day prompted a vote Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in the Oregon Senate on a bill to limit dredging for gold on salmon streams. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Hoping to keep California and Idaho gold miners from putting more pressure on salmon streams in Oregon, the Oregon Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to cap the number of permits for suction dredge mining equipment and to prohibit mining in salmon spawning areas year-round.

The 17-13 vote in Salem sends SB838 to the House. Login to read more

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