Communities

Defending Communities

Our Communities Program is focused on preserving the places where Pacific Northwesterners live, work and play. Since 2001, Crag has worked with clients to protect their communities from unsustainable development that could damage the scenic beauty, local environment, and character of population centers across the region. Many people lack tools to effectively engage in decision-making processes that directly affect their lives.  Communities of color and low-income communities often experience a disproportionate share of the negative impacts of pollution and industrial development.

Our work supports public participation in local decision-making, helping to elevate the voices of those most impacted by governmental decisions.

Our Communities Program is focused on land use advocacy, environmental justice, environmental health (pollution), and protection of Oregon’s coastal resources through our Coastal Law Project.

What We’re Working On

Supreme Court Clarifies Public’s Right to Enforce Land Use Laws

Supreme Court Clarifies Public’s Right to Enforce Land Use Laws

Oregon Supreme Court sided with local citizens who sought to the public’s right to enforce land use laws when a local County government failed to uphold its own land use laws. Jackson County had allowed an unlawful asphalt plan to continue to operate near a retirement community and Crag Law Center stepped in to protect the community.

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...

Temporary Rule on Air Toxics Falls Short

Temporary Rule on Air Toxics Falls Short

In response to the recent crisis over air toxics in Southeast Portland, the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) issued a temporary rule that applies to colored art glass manufacturers, including the Bullseye and Uroboros companies. A Forest Service moss study and...

Crag and Coalition Comment on Draft Air Toxics Rule

Crag and Coalition Comment on Draft Air Toxics Rule

Crag Law Center led a diverse coalition of eleven environmental and social justice groups, who submitted comments on a proposed temporary rule that would regulate emissions of air toxics from colored glass manufacturing facilities.   The temporary rule was proposed by...

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