Cormorants Disappear Amid Corps’ Culling Program

Professor and Earthrise attorney, Dan Rohlf, has been fighting against a controversial federal cormorant culling program under which federal agents could eventually kill as many as 11,000 adult double-crested cormorants and destroy even more nests in the estuary of the Columbia River as part of a plan to save native salmon. This summer thousands of cormorants have left the nesting grounds along the Columbia River. 

Professor Dan Rohlf

Bloomberg Law talks with Professor Dan Rohlf about climate change and threatened animals

Professor Dan Rohlf discusses a recent appeals court decision which allows animals to be considered “threatened” based on climate change models. He speaks with Bloomberg Law hosts June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”

Summer Extern Chillemi Joins Attorney Rohlf at the Table for Oral Argument on Cormorant Culling on the Columbia River

Earthrise Attorney and Professor Dan Rohlf and Summer Extern Tessa Chillemi gave oral argument Wednesday in front of Judge Simon of the Federal District Court of Oregon.

For Fly-Fisher Mark Tuai, Environmentalism and Sport Inextricably Intertwined

Mark Tuai gains real world experience being around a team of extraordinary attorneys dedicated to improving the environment.

FEMA Gets Legal Wake Up Call, Must Consider Salmon Habitat: Interview with Attorney Dan Rohlf

Dan Rohlf, Professor of Law and a Founding Member of Earthrise Law Center at Lewis & Clark Law School, discusses the changes FEMA must make to its flood insurance program to protect riparian areas crucial for wildlife – especially salmon.
Bonneville Dam spillway?photo by Walter Siegmund

Earthrise Victory as Court Throws out Salmon Biological Opinion, Again

Yesterday, Earthrise and salmon won a hard fought battle when Judge Michael Simon rules the Salmon Biological Opinion utilized to operate the hydropower system on the Columbia and Snake Rivers was illegal.
Condor and chick

Earthrise Secures Important Victory for the Critically Imperiled California Condor

Earthrise Secures Important Victory for the Critically Imperiled California Condor 
In January, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that our lawsuit could move forward challenging the use of lead hunting ammunition in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest. 

Rising Issues #6 Winter 2014

The winter edition of Rising Issues: CRC, VGP, Dan Mensher, and more!

Rising Issues #5 Fall 2013

10/30/13 - Federal laws are for the birds…and the national rivers! Read about our work protecting national treasures in our latest newsletter.
Interstate Bridge in 1917

CRC Contradictions in the News

10/17/13 - Earthrise Managing Attorney Tom Buchele is quoted in a Willamette Week article about the latest on the proposed Columbia River Crossing.

Earthrise Clients Win SLAPP Suit in Federal Court

7/24/13 - In an opinion released Monday, a federal judge in Portland ruled in favor of the defendants in a case that had all the earmarks of a classic SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation).

BBC News on Lead Bullet Threats to California Condors

4/17/13 - Today BBC News covered the threat of lead bullets to California Condors. Earthrise represents several environmental groups in the RCRA case challenging the use of lead bullets on Forest Service lands.

Rising Issues #2 Winter 2013

2/14/13 - Read our winter newsletter, highlighting Earthrise students’ roles in Supreme Court briefing and in an herbicide case in eastern Oregon, plus more.

Rising Issues #1 Fall 2012

11/2/12 - Read our latest newsletter, with updates on our work in Arizona, New Jersey, and more.

Earthrise Files RCRA Suit in Arizona

9/7/12 - On Wednesday, Earthrise (formerly PEAC) filed a complaint on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council demanding the US Forest Service use its authority to protect wildlife and humans from the dangers of lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona.

PEAC’s Clients Litigate the CRC

7/5/12 - PEAC filed a complaint Monday against the Columbia River Crossing, on behalf of three conservation groups alleging inadequate study of health and environmental impacts.

Columbia River Crossing is a boondoggle taxpayers don’t deserve

6/21/12 - Read PEAC professor Tom Buchele’s op-ed in today’s Oregonian.

“Wild and Wonderful,” Not “Paved and Pretty Good”

6/21/12 - Professor Dan Rohlf gave a spirited defense of the Endangered Species Act before the US House Committee on Natural Resources.
Bull Trout

Earthrise/PEAC Summer 2012 Newsletter

5/31/12 - Read up on the latest at Earthrise (formerly PEAC), including the Oregon temperature water quality standards victory, clinical experiences of our students, and collaboration with India.

PEAC’s Clients File Notice of Intent to Sue Columbia River Crossing Project

4/26/12 - On behalf of clients, PEAC has filed a 60-day notice of intent to file suit against the Columbia River Crossing project.

Buchele’s Letter for Clients on CRC Grabs Press Attention

3/23/12 - “Law professor challenges legality of CRC”: article in The Columbianfeaturing PEAC attorney Tom Buchele.

PEAC Featured in Articles on ESCO and CRC

3/19/12 - Two articles published in The Oregonian on Saturday featured PEAC: one on the ESCO Good Neighbor Agreement and the other on the Columbia River Crossing.

Portland Environmentalists and the Columbia River Crossing

3/8/12 - PEAC attorney Tom Buchele is quoted in this article on the Columbia River Crossing from ClimateWire: “How a bridge divides the environmentally conscious in Portland, Ore.”

PEAC Scores Big for Water Quality and Salmon

2/29/12 - PEAC attorneys Allison LaPlante, Dan Mensher, and Dan Rohlf helped their clients win a ruling on temperature standards that will help protect water quality, salmon, bull trout, and steelhead.

Proposed Downsizing of CRC Not Necessarily Good News for the Environment

2/6/12 - A proposed downsizing of the Columbia River Crossing project is not necessarily good for the environment and should be subject to environmental review and public comment.

California Condor Protection in the News

1/9/12 - Protection of endangered California condors has been featured in recent articles in Scientific American, Washington Post, and the Arizona Daily Sun.

PEAC Fall 2011 Newsletter

Topics include the Boardman settlement, PEAC’s new class, California condors, and the CRC.

PEAC Helping to Protect California Condors

PEAC sent a notice letter to the United States Forest Service with an intent to sue if the threat to California condors from spent lead ammunition was not addressed, particularly in Arizona.

Local View: Case for new I-5 Bridge built upon faulty data

PEAC attorney Tom Buchele writes on the problems with the Columbia River Crossing’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Rohlf and Team Now Three for Three in Protecting Salmon

A federal judge in Oregon ruled that the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon violates the Endangered Species Act.

PEAC Spring 2011 Newsletter

Topics include the Ballast Water Settlement, PEAC on video, and PEAC’s new Clinic Director and new staff attorney.

Good and Bad News for California Condors

Professor Dan Rohlf writes an opinion piece for Oregon Live regarding the Oregon Zoo’s efforts to recover California condors.

Suit Filed to Stop the Willamette River Dredging Project

PEAC alongside other environmental groups is filing suit against the Army Corps of Engineers for its plan to dredge in the Willamette River.
Ballast Water Discharge

Invasive Species Settlement: New Ballast Water Permit Should Help Protect American Coasts, Lakes and Rivers

Invasive Species Settlement: New Ballast Water Permit Should Help Protect American Coasts, Lakes and Rivers

Planned Lawsuit over Water Quality Criteria for Toxics

A recent Inside EPA article focused on PEAC’s potential lawsuit on behalf of its client Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA).

Saving the Pygmy Rabbit

PEAC submitted an administrative appeal challenging the BLM’s decision to expand the use of herbicides in Oregon.

PEAC and Yakama Nation attorneys obtain order blocking shipment of Hawaiian garbage

PEAC wins a preliminary injunction against the USDA, stopping waste-hauling companies from importing garbage from Hawaii through the Columbia Gorge.

Settlement Agreement Achieved for Endangered Aquatic Species

Oregon’s endangered aquatic species got a helping fin from PEAC attorney and clinical professor Allison LaPlante this week.

Ballast Water Discharges

Action to compel EPA to regulate ballast water discharges from ships pursuant to the Clean Water Act.
PGE Boardman

PEAC Spring 2010 Newsletter

Our Spring newsletter is here. Read on…

Concerns About Proposed Natural Gas Terminal’s Effects on Salmon

From the Columbia Basin Bulletin, January 29, 2010.