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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NWEA to Federal Agencies: New Oregon Logging Rules Deficient

NWEA Alerts EPA and NOAA to Deficiencies in New Oregon Logging Rules Following federal agencies’ January disapproval of Oregon’s coastal logging practices, NWEA has written the agencies to alert them to deficiencies in the development of new logging rules for private forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry has been slowly moving to adopt rules to respond to a study it complete that demonstrates current logging rules result in warming of stream temperatures. NWEA’s letter details […]

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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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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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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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NWEA Files Friend-of-the-Court Brief on Logging Roads Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments on whether industrial logging roads should have Clean Water Act permits like other pollution discharge sources.  After all, we require a wide range of activities that eventually funnel pollution through a pipe or ditch to be covered by stormwater permits.  To support this case, NWEA filed an amicus brief that chronicles the history of Oregon’s failure to protect  water quality from logging from 1998 to the present.

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