Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Wed, September 26 2012 at 6:54 PM, Updated: Thu, September 27 2012 at 3:34 PM
Havilah Resources out of Grants Pass wants to dig a 126 acre aggregate mine, 65 feet below ground near Grave Creek and the Wild and Scenic Rogue River.
The proposed project has conservation groups concerned about wild fish habitats being threatened or destroyed, low water flows and possible damage to a what has historically been a popular scenic destination for outdoor recreationists.
Jim McCarthy, with Water Watch a water conservancy group in Oregon, objects to the licensing application filed by the mining company. In response, Havilah Resources who plans to mine the claim provided this short memo. “Havilah Resources is in the process of completing feasibility studies, planning, and obtaining all required approvals for an aggregate project in Sunny Valley. Our company’s practice is to develop only projects that will meet and exceed all government requirements and have a positive benefit to the community. We look forward to being able to bring new jobs to Josephine County and to support other local businesses in the years to come.”
The project is still in the phase of planning but groups like Water Watch and Oregon Wild say they will continue to watch the project closely.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.