Environmental group sues over Idaho river dredging
Written byJOHN MILLER, Associated Press
An environmental group said Tuesday it had sued the state after the governor and other officials approved a plan to dredge the Salmon River for gold - an operation some contend will harm migrating fish habitat and create hazards for anglers.
The Idaho Conservation League announced it had asked a 4th District Court judge to require the state to approve a reclamation plan before signing off on any mining projects.
In September, Grangeville miner Mike Conklin was awarded a five-year lease by the Idaho Land Board, giving him sole access to a half-mile stretch of river about 13 miles downstream of Riggins where he can mine the gravel for precious metal.VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE