Thu May 28 2009 -- Jun 1 2009 Third Hearing Scheduled on Gravel Mining near Old Mill Site
One of two former logging ponds at the mill site. 7/18/2000 photo from ODEQ ECSI database.Tidewater Contractors failed in 2008 to win approval from the Curry County Planning Commission for its proposal to mine a 52-acre gravel bar in the Rogue River estuary. Now in 2009, Tidewater is proposing essentially the same application. At the April hearing before the Planning Commission, local residents again showed strong opposition. The 2009 hearings will be continued on May 28 in Gold Beach. Please contact Curry County Public Services at (541) 247-3304 for detailed information. Apart from being in the lower estuary, which is critical salmonid habitat, the proposal is also just downstream from the water intake for the City of Gold Beach.
Additionally, the actual site of the old timber mill, which is adjacent and across the road from the proposed mining area, is a contaminated site listed on DEQ's Environmental Contamination Site Index (ECSI) list. There are a variety of problems, including two old log ponds that are hydrologically connected to each other (one drains directly into the Rogue River), and probably to the proposed mining site on the other side of Jerry's Flat Road.
Problems at the mill site were first noted in 1969, and there have been occasional cleanup efforts since then. Gold beach Timber Products started cleanup in 1989, when the mill closed. After a fire gutted the mill in 1991, DEQ sampled oil in transformers and found high levels of PCB's. They also found asbestos floor tiles and required these be removed. Cleanup continues sporadically. Mining in the area could well mean that the existing contaminants on the mill site migrate into the newly-mined areas, causing even more problems for fish.
Oregon Shores is working with concerned local residents, including Kalmiopsis Audubon Society and Curry Sportfishing Association, to defeat this ill-considered proposal a second time.
For more information, see:
4/23/2009: Oregon DEQ ECSI Full Details Report
4/14/2009: Oregon Shores' Letter to Curry County Planning Department
Oregon Shores' Guide to Permitting Instream Gravel Mining
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