Jul 28 2010 -- Aug 28 2010 Efforts to Protect the Lower Rogue From Gravel Mining Continue
Rainbow over Rogue River EstuaryOregon Shores’ Land Use Program continues to battle proposed gravel mining by Tidewater Contractors in the lower Rogue River watershed at Wedderburn. We contend that mining in this area, as intended by Tidewater, threatens water quality through pollution and sedimentation, and could thus impact riverine habitat and endangered species.
Our latest effort focuses on Tidewater’s application to Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality for a stormwater permit, known formally as an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit. Tidewater seeks a “general” — generic — permit. At the very least, we urge DEQ to insist that the company prepare an individual permit application, which would require it to reveal a great deal more information.
Together with the Crag Legal Center, our partners in the Coastal Law Partnership, Oregon Shores submitted extensive comments on Tidewater’s application, pointing out that the application doesn’t provide convincing demonstrations that adequate pollution and sediment abatement will take place under the proposal.
Given the parlous state of the Rogue estuary, which is severely shallowing due to excessive sedimentation washing down from higher in the watershed already, we urge that Tidewater be blocked from continuing its gravel mining operations at least until there is a much clearer plan for protecting the river.
Oregon Shores also submitted comments opposing Tidewater’s application for a permit for its “Fitz Pit” mining operation on the Chetco River. This is an unpermitted operation that Tidewater is now attempting to bring within the law, which threatens one of the Oregon coast’s most pristine watersheds.
Articles on topic 'Curry: Gravel Mining':
Sep 5 2011 Oregon Shores Seeks Again to Protect Rogue from Mining
May 5 2011 Efforts to Block Tidewater’s Gravel Mining Succeed
Feb 10 2011 Curry Planning Commission Turns Down Gravel Mining
Jul 28 2010 Efforts to Protect the Lower Rogue From Gravel Mining Continue
Apr 5 2010 Gravel Mining Continues to Threaten Chetco River, Rogue Estuary
Feb 15 2010 LUBA: Tidewater May Apply for Wedderburn In-stream Mining
Oct 28 2009 South Coast Rivers: Gravel Mining Continues
Jul 23 2009 Results of Hearing on Gravel Mining on Elk
Jul 21 2009 Curry County Hearing July 21 on Gravel Mining in Elk River
Jun 6 2009 Two More Victories on Gravel Mining on the Rogue
May 28 2009 Third Hearing Scheduled on Gravel Mining near Old Mill Site
Apr 23 2009 Tidewater Requests "Interpretation" of Estuary Boundaries
Apr 1 2009 ACOE Solicits Comments on Tidewater Application on Elk River
Sep 24 2008 Two Victories on Gravel Mining on the Rogue
Sep 23 2008 New Guide to Permitting for Instream Gravel Mining
New Guide to Permitting for Instream Gravel Mining
Aug 7 2008 Gravel Mining on the Rogue
Nov 1 2007 Chetco River Gravel Mining
Nov 1 2007 Rogue River Gravel Mining
Contact: Phillip Johnson, CoastWatch Director, (503) 238-4450, or EMAIL