Oregon CZARA Grant Cut Due to Poor Logging Practices

Federal agencies cut Oregon CZARA Grant Two federal agencies have cut Oregon CZARA grant funding by $1.2 million because the state has failed to protect water quality from logging activities in coastal watersheds. The funding cuts are required by federal law, which is intended to induce states to control water pollution to protect fish, wildlife, and public health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have said for 18 […]

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Forcing Agencies to Control Oregon Logging Pollution

There are new developments as NWEA tries to force federal and state agencies to control Oregon logging pollution using a federal law known as CZARA. As the long saga continues, it’s getting increasingly stranger. In 2010, two federal agencies agreed—in an order signed by a federal judge— to withhold a portion of Oregon’s federal grant funds if Oregon failed to gain approval of its program to control runoff pollution in coastal watersheds. In January of […]

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Federal Agencies Disapprove Oregon Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program

Poor Logging Practices Cause Agencies to Disapprove Oregon Coastal NonPoint Pollution Program. Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution program was disapproved by federal agencies today based on the state’s poor logging practices, as a result of a 2009 lawsuit brought by Northwest Environmental Advocates. In a decision that federal law required the agencies to make nearly two decades ago, EPA and NOAA slammed the state’s failure to protect water quality and fish from logging practices in the […]

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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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Oregon’s Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program – Fact and Fiction

Have you wondered about the truth of the State of Oregon’s assertions regarding the federal government’s proposal to disapprove the state’s coastal nonpoint pollution program?  If so, you have good reason because Oregon tried a throw-the-spaghetti-at-the-wall-and-see-how-much-sticks move when it issued a deceit-riddled news release in late December.  Unfortunately, various people are repeating material from this misinformation effort, including The Oregonian editorial board. Fact or Fiction: the State of Oregon’s claims that the federal government is […]

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Fed Agencies Heed NWEA, Propose Disapproval of Oregon Coastal Pollution Program

Two federal agencies issued a proposed disapproval action of Oregon Coastal Pollution Control Program for Nonpoint sources on December 20, 2013, pursuant to a settlement of a lawsuit brought by Northwest Environmental Advocates in 2009.  The case was brought under the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments or “CZARA.”  The agencies will take public comment for 90 days and make a final decision on May 15, 2014.  Oregon has been attempting to gain approval of its […]

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Federal Agencies Criticize Oregon Logging Reform Efforts

In their 2010 settlement with NWEA over Oregon logging practices on the coast, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) agreed to make an initial assessment of Oregon’s efforts to comply with the terms of the settlement. On December 21, 2012 the two federal agencies sent their written initial assessment to Oregon, finding that Oregon has made little progress towards demonstrating its ability to meet the settlement terms. The federal […]

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Oregon Fails to Control Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution from Logging and Agriculture

The most persistent source of water pollution in this country comes from nonpoint sources – the logging, farming, and grazing that doesn’t require a Clean Water Act permit to pollute.  While Congress left nonpoint source pollution controls to the states, it passed the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) tying states’ receipt of federal grant funds to their nonpoint source controls in coastal watersheds.  NWEA sued the federal agencies that administer the CZARA program.  The […]

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