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Clean Water Act Under Attack

August 24, 2011 – Environmental groups sponsor an ad urging members of Congress to stop their attack on our clean water.

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  • Published: Aug 24, 2011

The Oregonian: "Salmon habitat and water quality"

August 5, 2011 -- Every Oregonian has a stake in stream protection

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  • Published: Aug 05, 2011

E&E News: "Rhetoric softens, but disagreements persist over northern spotted owl"

July 7, 2011 -- Last week, the Fish and Wildlife Service released the final revised recovery plan for the threatened species. But if initial reaction to the plan is any indication, the owl wars that have raged in Pacific Northwest forests for more than 25 years are far from over.

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  • Published: Jul 07, 2011

Seattle Times: "New NW spotted owl plan out; rival bird targeted"

June 30, 2011 -- Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unveiled a new recovery plan for the spotted owl. It is the latest in a long string of attempts to find a lasting balance between saving the bird from extinction and allowing logging on Northwest national forests.

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  • Published: Jun 30, 2011

The Oregonian: "Spotted owl recovery plan recommends preserving old forests"

June 29, 2011 -- A long-anticipated recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, due by Friday, recommends preserving the best of its favored old-forest habitat.

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  • Published: Jun 29, 2011

Seattle Times: "NW spotted owl recovery plan due by end of week"

June 27, 2011 -- After months of tinkering, the Obama administration is due out this week with its last-ditch plan for saving the northern spotted owl from extinction.

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  • Published: Jun 27, 2011

Law360: "9th Circuit won't rehear logging runoff permit challenge"

May 17, 2011 -- The Ninth Circuit has refused to reconsider its holding that runoff from Oregon State Forest logging roads was subject to permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act.

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  • Published: May 17, 2011

Seattle Times: "Court: reaffirms that muddy water is pollution"

May 17, 2011 -- A federal appeals court has reaffirmed that muddy water running off logging roads after rainstorms is pollution that requires a special permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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  • Published: May 17, 2011

E&E News: "9th Circuit declines to rehear logging-road runoff case"

May 17, 2011 -- A federal appeals court said today it won't reconsider its decision last year that requires Clean Water Act permitting for stormwater runoff on logging roads.

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  • Published: May 17, 2011

Daily World: "State board stalls four timber sales over murrelet"

May 4, 2011 -- The state puts off four planned timber sales after environmental groups express concerns for the endangered marbled murrelet.

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  • Published: May 04, 2011

Reuters: "USGBC Wood Policy Stands"

December 9, 2010 -- While the status quo remains intact for now -- only products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council are recognized under the rating system -- don't expect the issue over LEED credit for wood products to fade away.

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  • Published: Dec 09, 2010

Santa Cruz Good Times: "New ruling tightens logging regulations"

November 3, 2010 -- This August, WFLC won a landmark sedimentation case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. According to the ruling, logging companies must now seek point source permits for the water discharged from roadways traversed during timber harvests.

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  • Published: Nov 03, 2010

The New York Times: "For Sustainable Wood, a New and Unloved Standard"

October 22, 2010 -- Next week, the USGBC begins casting ballots on whether or not to adopt new standards that would open up LEED certification to any timber certification system that meets a series of sustainability benchmarks.

  • Posted by tkaps
  • Published: Oct 22, 2010