Bills For Oregon Waterways
Written by Travis Koch, Posted in Local, Posted: Mon, February 11 2013
at 6:11 PM, Updated: Mon, February 11 2013 at 6:42 PM
of bills proposed in Oregon's Senate have brought frustrations from metal
miners and opposing law makers. One of the bills authors, Oregon Senator,
Alan Bates says the bills are set to protect the states waterways and home
owners along them in the future.
Aland Bates (D-Ore) says since the price of gold went up and a ban on suction
dredge mining in the state of California, modern day 49er's are going to
there used to be only a couple hundred suction dredge miners, today, there
are close to two thousand. Josephine County Forestry Department Manager,
Vic Harris says, many of them, (from Oregon or otherwise) have been caught
mining at night and that the practice has eroded river banks.
the series of senate bills, one would require (if and when the law passes)
any home or landowner to shield unsightly views from the public view-the
river. Legal issues are currently being reviewed and law makers aren't
sure yet if the state parks department has the right to enforce such laws.
Bates says his intent is to regulate metal mining along Oregon's pristine
& scenic waters ways and should not be distorted, however home owners
have suggested they will be looking closely at what the bills will say.