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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet December 10 in Portland - 12/03/18

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, December 10 at 8:30 a.m. at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 965.

The meeting agenda is available at https://www.OregonGeology.org.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.

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Be alert for landslides in Curry, Josephine counties - 11/20/18

Medford, OR—The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Klondike and Chetco Bar burn areas in Curry and Josephine counties for Thursday, November 22 from 10 a.m. PST through Friday, November 23, 4 p.m.

Heavy rain can trigger landslides and debris flows in steep terrain, and the risk is higher in burn areas.

Find a map of the watch area and latest information here: https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mfr/hazard

Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can contain boulders and logs transported in a fast-moving soil and water slurry down steep hillsides and through narrow canyons. They can easily travel a mile or more. A debris flow moves faster than a person can run. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk.

If your home, work, or route is in a watch area:

- Stay alert. Track the flood watch by radio, TV, weather radio or online. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.

- Listen. Unusual sounds might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together. A trickle of falling mud or debris may precede larger landslides. If you think there is danger of a landslide, leave immediately.

- Watch the water. If water in a stream or creek suddenly turns muddy or the amount of water flowing suddenly decreases or increases, this is a warning that the flow has been affected 

upstream. You should immediately leave the area because a debris flow may soon be coming downstream.

- Travel with extreme caution. Assume roads are not safe. Be alert when driving, especially at night. Embankments along roadsides may fail, sending rock and debris onto the road.

For more landslide and debris flow information: https://www.oregongeology.org/Landslide/debrisflow.htm

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State agencies to meet November 27 and 28 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County - 11/16/18

Portland, OR—State agencies will meet by teleconference November 27 and 28 on a proposed gold mine in Malheur County. 

The Technical Review Team (TRT) Tailings Storage Facility Subcommittee will meet by teleconference on Tuesday, November 27 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST. The TRT will meet by teleconference on Wednesday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to noon PST. 

The meeting agendas are available at https://www.oregongeology.org/mlrr/chemicalprocess_Calico-GrassyMtn.htm

The public and media may listen to the meetings in person at the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) office at 229 Broadalbin Street SW, Albany or by phone. For call-in instructions, see the agendas. 

The TRT is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews information related to a proposed mine during all phases of the application process, and ultimately develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. 

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