Crag Law Center is requesting $23,000 for the initial stages of developing a land use advocacy and enforcement program targeting communities in the lower Columbia River basin on both the Washington and Oregon sides, focusing on issues with a nexus to water quality and quantity. Conversion of open spaces, farms and forest lands to industrial or other developed uses has major impacts on water quality systems. Getting ahead of these projects to ensure that water quality impacts are addressed will have significant benefits for the Columbia River and its tributaries.
We have been approached by community members in several communities as well as long-standing clients that are doing land use work and fighting unsustainable and legally improper development proposals. In particular we are currently beginning work to support a community fighting a bottled-water operation in Randle, Washington on the Cowlitz River. We are also scoping other community land use groups and issues along the mainstem Columbia and continuing to support our existing clients doing work along that area, from Thrive Hood River to the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, and others.