Suction dredging is now under attack in Idaho

Judge nixes North Fork plan

Ruling means no dredge mining allowed in Clearwater River tributary

Judge nixes North Fork plan

Judge nixes North Fork plan

Kathy Rodriguez

        Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:00 am         |                          Updated: 12:09 am, Tue Jun 18, 2013.                     

     Judge nixes North Fork plan                                                              By ERIC BARKER of the Tribune                                                             The Lewiston Tribune                                 |                         0 comments                    

The U.S. Forest Service prevailed in its bid to keep the North Fork of the Clearwater River off limits to suction dredge mining.

In a 27-page ruling, Administrative Law Judge Robert Holt from the U.S. Department of Interior said recreation like fishing and the river’s archeological history are more important, both economically and culturally, than suction dredge mining. He also said the government successfully proved there is no evidence of sufficient gold deposits in the area to warrant exploration.

One thought on “Suction dredging is now under attack in Idaho”

  1. I don’t see any conflict to have suction dredging anf fishing on the same river. I am not sure what archeological history is preserved in the bottom of the river bed where the dredging would take place?

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