EPA Supports NWEA’s On Dumping Hot Water Into Hyporheic Zones

In July 2013, NWEA sent a letter to EPA Region 10 in Seattle asking the agency to weigh in on the Oregon practice of letting – even encouraging – municipal dischargers to dump their wastes into hyporheic zones of rivers.  These hyporheic zones are where cold groundwater mixes with surface water, providing thermal refuges to cold-water fish and to a range of other species.  On March 20, 2014, EPA wrote Oregon DEQ to express its […]

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Expert Declarations On Oregon Coastal Forestry and Agricultural Pollution

NWEA recently commissioned two expert declarations on how Oregon coastal logging and farming are affecting water quality.  Dr. Chris Frissell’s declaration addresses the effects of logging on water quality, concluding that the best available science demonstrates “the inadequacy of Oregon’s forest practices rules on private lands, particularly with regard to temperature protection, large wood recruitment, and erosion and sediment delivery.”  Jon Rhodes’ declaration explains why federal and Oregon measures for agriculture are inadequate, primarily because […]

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NWEA’s Comments on Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program

Working with the Washington Forest Law Center, NWEA submitted extensive comments on the federal government’s proposed disapproval of Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program.  The comments support the proposed disapproval, focusing primarily on Oregon’s failure to control pollution from logging activities, including logging roads, and agriculture.  They point out that current efforts by the Oregon Departments of Forestry and Agriculture are not adequate to remedy the widespread pollution problems in Oregon’s coastal watersheds.  NWEA’s letter […]

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Challenge to EPA Ballast Water Permit Filed

The never ending fight to stop invasive species from ballast water. Hard to believe NWEA started working on the Ballast Water issue, to prevent the discharge of invasive species from ships, some 15 years ago and while we’ve had some success it hasn’t been enough given the risks.  Now in our fourth lawsuit against EPA on this issue, we filed our opening brief on January 31, 2014 challenging EPA’s second Vessel General Permit.   The brief […]

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