Claudia Wise on SB 388 and SB 401

Please Vote NO on measure SB401 and SB388

Dear Sentator,

I urge you to oppose additional wild and scenic protection for Oregon River's and encourage your support of the federally granted rights of suction dredge gold miners. Suction dredge gold mining is helping to maintain the crystal clear water, big salmon, wild backcountry, and fabulous camp spots, and great American outdoor treasures of Oregon Rivers. The local communities also benefit economically from the mining community. 

1) Each miner spends in excess of $13,000 per year in the rural communities of Oregon.

All Gold bearing waterways of Oregon have benefited immensely from suction dredge gold miners. Suction gold dredging provide…

 2) Increased numbers of suction dredge holes that create adequate refugia for resting salmonids and other fish,

 3) Turbidity plumes that provide protection for fish from predacious fish/birds,

4) Dredge tailings have created excellent spawning gravel that has become a portion of the natural gravels and provides additional areas for salmonids to build redds when there is no natural gravels the current year.

 5) Suction dredge miners remove waste other public land users leave behind in the river and around the camps. Including 100’s of pounds of lead weights, auto debris, construction debris and lots more.

It emphasizes the value and importance of supporting the granted rights of miners and highlights that the miners are truly the economic drivers for local communities. Suction dredge gold miners are the only ones that can remove waste from the river’s left by other river users and they do it at no cost to the local community or state and ask you for nothing but your support. 

I urge you to protect and encourage the small-scale suction gold dredgers by voting no on measure SB401 and SB388. 

Please make my comments a part of public record.

Sincerely,

Claudia Wise
 Physical Scientist, USEPA retired
 Albany, Oregon, 97321
 

Note: Cludia Wise retired in 2006 after 32 years of civil service with the U.S.EPA as a physical scientist/chemist. She has been a member of many scientific projects over the years starting her federal career in the Fish Toxicology arena and ending it with the Salmon Restoration division. She worked on projects ranging from urban fish populations and fish avoidance testing to eelgrass habitat and global climate change. She is Vice President of the Millenium Diggers, a group based in Keizer, Oregon for people that promotes metal detecting, prospecting, rock hounding, and treasure hunting.