Each year since 1986, American Rivers has released its America's Most Endangered Rivers report to spotlight the nation's ten most imperiled rivers. This year, the Chetco River found itself at #7 on the Most Endangered Rivers List. Southern Oregon's Wild and Scenic Chetco River boasts pristine waters and abundant wild salmon and steelhead, but it faces an immediate threat from a strip mining proposal that would use a highly damaging method of dredging. Oregon's Senators Wyden and Merkley, Congressman DeFazio, and Governor Kulongoski are calling on the agencies that manage this river (the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Interior) to prohibit mining in or near the Chetco River this summer. This reprieve would allow Congress time to legislate the best possible long-term protection for the Chetco River.
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