Cleaning up and cooling down waterways
Water is essential to the survival of life, elemental in the maintenance of stable ecosystems, and itself a habitat for aquatic species. Water quality is a cornerstone environmental issue, and Earthrise Law Center is committed to its protection and improvement.
Earthrise works to clean up and cool down waterways on a regional and national scale by strengthening and ensuring enforcement of existing laws like the federal Clean Water Act. Earthrise has been working to curb vessel pollution, including the discharge of invasive species that travel from port to port in ships’ ballast tanks. Earthrise is using advocacy and litigation to strengthen the water quality standards, or goals, for waterbodies, including those waterbodies that are the home to the Pacific Northwest’s iconic and imperiled cold-water species such as salmon and bull trout. Earthrise has brought numerous legal actions against industrial facilities that discharge pollutants into waterways. These cases are preventing the addition of mercury, lead, and other toxic pollutants into waters in which people regularly swim and recreate. Earthrise has recently begun taking its enforcement work beyond the Northwest, by tackling water pollution problems in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Arkansas, and the Chesapeake Bay.
5/8/13 - Earthrise is representing a coalition of environmental groups opposing a hog farm that could threaten the watershed of the Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas.
4/3/13 - Earthrise Clinical Director, Craig Johnston, is quoted in The Oregonian in an article about Clean Water Act violations by coal trains traveling through the Columbia River Gorge.
3/28/13 - Earthrise clients will petition the New Jersey Supreme Court for review of an adverse decision by the Appellate Court regarding their challenge to New Jersey’s General Permit for Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs).
The Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School is located in Wood Hall.
Voice (503) 768-6851
Fax (503) 768-6642
Karen Smith Geon
Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219