Protecting Water Sources

Winchuck RiverOregon’s fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water supplies are facing a number of threats from agriculture, logging, oil and natural gas, mining, sewage, and any number of other human impacts.  Local citizens and conservation groups want to ensure that there will be clean water for future generations to use, and to protect the health of current human and wildlife populations.

In addition to litigation, Crag assists partners and clients with other forms of nonprofit support as well as mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution.

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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...

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

On behalf of five environmental groups, Crag this week filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal district court to force supplemental analysis on the environmental consequences of the Ketchikan-to-Shelter-Cove road project...

“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:

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

The Alaska Regional Forester has put a major logging project in the Tongass National Forest on hold, in response to administrative objections filed by Crag's clients.  The Saddle Lakes Timber Sale, located near Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island, called for about 50...

“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...

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