Oregon Must Do More To Protect Coastal Waters

Dec 20, 2013

Federal regulators say Oregon is not doing enough to protect water and fish from pollution generated by logging on private lands, stormwater run-off from construction sites, and septic tanks.

South Slough in Coos County.
Credit Ian Poellet/Wikimedia

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said yesterday they plan to reject portions of Oregon's program for limiting coastal pollution from non-point sources.

State officials say they feel they are doing a good job.

Oregon stands to lose more than $1 million in federal funding in the short term, and $4 million in the next few years, if the problems are not resolved.

The action stems from a lawsuit filed by Northwest Environmental Advocates challenging federal approval of Oregon's program for controlling coastal pollution. The federal agencies have to make a final decision by May 15th.