Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act


From Native Fish Society

Earlier this month, U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, of Oregon, and Jared Huffman, of California, reintroduced the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act. The act would make permanent the protections provided by the twenty-year Southwestern Oregon Mineral Withdrawal. If passed, the act would safeguard the headwaters of several South Coast streams from nickel strip mining and, in doing so, it would protect clean drinking water for communities, important fish habitat, and superb recreation opportunities. These cherished rivers deserve permanent protection from destructive mining practices.

+ Please take a minute to thank Representatives DeFazio and Huffman for proposing this important legislation!

+ The Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act builds on legislation passed in 2017, after NFS River Stewards rallied their communities and called on the federal government to issue a twenty-year moratorium on strip mining.

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