Water

Water is one of our most precious public resources. In the Pacific Northwest, climate change will bring significant changes to water availability, and we’re taking a stand to protect our water supply. Crag provides legal assistance to local citizens and conservation groups that seek to improve water quality and ensure sufficient water quantity for aquatic life.  The demand for clean water is high, Crag handles citizen enforcement actions and cutting edge litigation to meet this demand.  Since 2012, Crag has worked with local people and conservation groups to prevent Nestlé from privatizing and bottling our public water in the Columbia River Gorge.

Current Cases:

Coalition Challenges Water Rights for Proposed Mega Dairy

Coalition Challenges Water Rights for Proposed Mega Dairy

On March 30, Crag filed a protest to water rights for a proposed 30,000-head mega dairy near the Columbia River on behalf of a coalition of water protection, public health, and animal welfare organizations. The facility would be one of the nation’s largest dairy...

Water Protection Measure Passes, The Fight Against Nestlé Continues

Water Protection Measure Passes, The Fight Against Nestlé Continues

Measure 14-55 was put to a vote on May 17 in order to protect the water in Hood River County from large scale bottling corporations. The ballot initiative passed with 68% of residents voting “yes.” The battle against Nestlé’s proposal to bottle the water in Oxbow...

“Water Protection Measure” slated for May 2016 Ballot

“Water Protection Measure” slated for May 2016 Ballot

Measure to block Nestlé bottling plant headed to May 2016 ballot Local Water Alliance, a group of activists in Hood River County has gathered enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative aimed at stopping the Nestlé corporation from bottling and selling water from...

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

This Friday, Governor Brown requested that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife pull back from fast-tracking a proposal to trade water rights with the City of Cascade Locks to facilitate a commercial bottling operation run by Nestle. The proposal has been on the...

Past Accomplishments:

Water Protection Measure Passes, The Fight Against Nestlé Continues

Water Protection Measure Passes, The Fight Against Nestlé Continues

Measure 14-55 was put to a vote on May 17 in order to protect the water in Hood River County from large scale bottling corporations. The ballot initiative passed with 68% of residents voting “yes.” The battle against Nestlé’s proposal to bottle the water in Oxbow...

“Water Protection Measure” slated for May 2016 Ballot

“Water Protection Measure” slated for May 2016 Ballot

Measure to block Nestlé bottling plant headed to May 2016 ballot Local Water Alliance, a group of activists in Hood River County has gathered enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative aimed at stopping the Nestlé corporation from bottling and selling water from...

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

This Friday, Governor Brown requested that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife pull back from fast-tracking a proposal to trade water rights with the City of Cascade Locks to facilitate a commercial bottling operation run by Nestle. The proposal has been on the...

EPA Ordered to Reform Office of Civil Rights To Address Environmental Degradation

EPA Ordered to Reform Office of Civil Rights To Address Environmental Degradation

Obama Official Orders Reforms in EPA Office of Civil Rights For over five years now, the Crag Law Center has represented the Rosemere Neighborhood Association of Vancouver, Washington.  Rosemere Neighborhood Association filed a complaint with the US EPA that detailed...

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