Gov. Kitzhaber signed a bill that limits the number of small gold-mining dredges in Oregon's rivers.
According to the group Rogue Riverkeeper, the number of permits issued in Oregon jumped from 414 in 2005 to 2,409 in 2012.
The new law caps the number of dredging permits each year at 850. It also directs the Governor’s office to send new suction dredge mining regulations to the legislature by 2015.
Read more at OPB.