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Ongoing Projects

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:

Stormwater Enforcement

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




Columbia River Crossing

Energy Transport in the Pacific Northwest

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. 

Blog: New and Improved Suction Dredge NPDES Permit in Oregon

Blog: Mining in our National Forests deserves greater scrutiny from the U.S. Forest Service 


CWA Dredge and Fill Permits