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Miners Critique New Law Banning Suction Dredging Permanently

Cascadia Wildlands

Suction dredging is gone from many streams in Oregon, never to return. 

The legislature recently passed, and the governor signed, a bill making a "temporary" moratorium on the gold mining process permanent. 

Environmental groups who want to see more fish in the streams are thrilled.  You can guess how miners feel about it. 

But you don't have to: Tom Kitchar of the Waldo Mining District talks to us about suction dredging.  We get his view on the practice and the banning of it.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.