In addition to the work completed by our student project groups, NEDC protects and conserves the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest by enforcing environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, engaging with government agencies, and tracking federal and state actions in the region. Listed below is a snapshot of some of our current projects:
NEDC has invested considerable resources over the last decade focusing on pollution problems caused by stormwater discharges. The primary tool we use in this effort is tracking and enforcing legal requirements in pollution permits.
Article: Seeking Stronger Oversight
Article: Mo’s Mess
Article: NEDC by the Numbers
Public Review of State Actions
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: active public notices
Washington Department of Ecology: public review page
Large-scale extraction of coal, oil and gas in the center of North America has made Washington and Oregon ports particularly attractive destinations for transloading proposals that would facilitate the movement of dirty energy sources to markets across the globe. NEDC has been actively engaged to ensure our region’s air and water quality remains protected.
Suction Dredge Mining
Suction dredge mining poses significant risks to Oregon’s natural resources. NEDC works to ensure federal and state regulations are sufficient to protect Oregon’s water quality from the adverse impacts of suction dredge mining.