Federal environmental agencies announced Thursday they may reject Oregon’s approach to keeping coastal waterways clean.
It’s the first time the feds have threatened to disapprove a state’s coastal strategy and withhold federal funds.
John King is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s coastal services center. He says states have to meet 56 different water quality measures.
“Oregon has met most of those. Areas where they still have issues, are related to forest practices, septic systems, and new development,” King says.