|Freeman Rock seeks OK to mine Chetco|
|Written by Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer|
|April 30, 2013 08:33 pm|
The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments regarding an application Freeman Rock has submitted to remove up to 100,000 cubic yards of aggregate a year for five years along a stretch of the south and north banks of the Chetco River in Brookings.
The proposal indicates the company would remove the gravel using bucket-equipped excavators and dump trucks from a mile-long stretch — milepost 4.5 to 5.5 — from July 15 to Sept. 30.
In the past, temporary river crossings have been installed to transport material from the north bank to a stockpile area on the other side of the river.
That crossing would include a 54-foot-long railcar bridge mounted on a wheeled trailer, and installed using an excavator over the river to pull the wheeled trailer into place. Adjacent rock is pushed up to form a bridge footing at each end.
When the work is complete, the bar will be reshaped to reduce the chances of trout being stranded. Other mediation will be determined if the application is accepted.
To obtain the permit, Freeman Rock must get a water quality certification, evaluate the cumulative impact of the activity on the river, hold public hearings if requested and initiate a consultation to address endangered species.
“All factors relevant to the activity, including the economics, aesthetics, wetlands, fish and wildlife values, aesthetics, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water quality, mineral needs (among many others) will be considered,” the application reads.
The proposed work is also being examined by the Oregon Ocean and Coastal Management Program regarding local comprehensive plans and ordinances, statewide planning goals and other state authorities that address beach and water laws.