The state of Oregon has notified dredge miners that certain streams
will be off limits at least until May 1, when the Department of Environmental
Quality is expected to issue a revised permit addressing mining operations’
potential impacts on salmon populations.
The memo was sent out Nov. 23 to as many as 1,000 miners registered
under the general permit, as well as to other interested parties. It advises
them to stop mining in streams judged to have temperature-related water