Water

Conservation

photo courtesy of Elizabeth Allen

Conserving Water Sources

With shifting climatic conditions, our region is experiencing lower on-average snowpack and increasing drought. Coupled with rapidly growing populations in the Pacific Northwest, our historically abundant water resources are under a great deal of pressure. Crag works with Riverkeeper organizations, WaterWatch of Oregon, and other conservation groups to protect Oregon’s precious water resources from unsustainable uses and to ensure that it is preserved for future generations. This program includes our work on behalf of Bark, Food & Water Watch, and Local Water Alliance to prevent Nestlé from securing rights to Columbia Gorge spring water for its proposed commercial water bottling operation.

What We’re Working On

Nestlé Opponents Celebrate Long-Awaited Victory

Nestlé Opponents Celebrate Long-Awaited Victory

Last Friday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown put Oregonians’ concerns about a Nestlé water grab in Cascade Locks to rest. Citing significant additional costs to the state, Brown sent a letter to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife asking agency Director Curt Melcher...

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Management

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Management

On January 17, Crag filed suit on behalf of three conservation groups, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon, in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to follow federal law in the creation of the Comprehensive...

“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...

Crag Represents Group in Pushing Water Protection Measure

Crag Represents Group in Pushing Water Protection Measure

On September 11, 2015 a newly formed group, Local Water Alliance, filed a proposed ballot measure in Hood River County for the purpose of protecting local water supplies for residential and agricultural uses and preserving resources for future generations.  The...

Defending Oregon’s Denial of a Columbia Coal Terminal

Defending Oregon’s Denial of a Columbia Coal Terminal

Crag and Earthjustice are working together to represent three conservation groups defending Oregon's denial of a key permit for the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export facility.  Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club filed a petition...

Controversial City of Bend Water Pipeline Halted by Federal Court

Controversial City of Bend Water Pipeline Halted by Federal Court

Chief Judge Ann Aiken of the Federal District Court of Oregon issued an injunction on October 11, 2012 preventing the City of Bend from starting construction on its controversial $68 million Surface Water Improvement Project (SWIP), holding that the project is likely...

Crag Takes on Effort to Protect Tumalo Falls

Crag Takes on Effort to Protect Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Creek is a treasured natural resource in Central Oregon. Many residents spend time in Shevlin Park, a peaceful and beautiful refuge for bikers and runners alike. The rushing waters of Tumalo Falls is usually the first thing locals show off to  visitors....

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