Take Action for the Rogue

Join Rogue Riverkeeper in taking action for the Rogue River by attending an upcoming public hearing!  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites the public to participate in a virtual public hearing on June 30th at 6:00PM to discuss the impacts of dredging at 42 locations on the Rogue River.  RogueJets Inc., also known as Jerry’s Rogue Jets, would like permission to dredge over 1,000 cubic yards of rock, sand, and sediment at dozens of locations in the lower Rogue River so more easily operate their commercial boats during times of low flow. The proposed dredging sites would be up to 30 feet wide and 400 feet long using hydro jetting and machine excavation which will undoubtedly alter key salmon habitat and the natural integrity of the river bed.Why you should participate in the public hearing:Public hearings are a very important step in the Water Quality Certification process that is required by the Clean Water Act. It puts the power in the hands of the public so you may: Make sure the DEQ hears from the public on the devastating impacts this project will have on fish habitat;Ask any questions you might have;And provide oral comments on the proposed permit.  How you can participate in the public hearing:To attend the virtual public hearing you must register online beforehand.  When: 6pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022 Where: You can easily register for the Zoom meeting HERE. To attend by phone call 888-475-4499 or 877-853- 5257. Webinar ID: 840 6293 6961 Passcode: 320358Register for DEQ’s Public Hearing
Once you’ve registered for the public hearing, check out Rogue Riverkeeper’s blogpost where we’ve provided a list of key points to bring to the attention of the DEQ regarding this proposed 401 Water Quality Certification for detrimental dredging activities on the lower Rogue River.Rogue Riverkeeper’s Talking Points

Emily Bowes, Rogue Riverkeeper