NEDC was established by a group of professors, law students and attorney alumni at Lewis and Clark Law School in 1969. NEDC is an independent non-profit organization working to protect the environment and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest.


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Oregon Denies Key Authorization for Controversial Dam in Mt. Hood National Forest

For Immediate Release, September 7, 2021   Contact: Jonah Sandford, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, (971) 219-4677,  Lauren Goldberg, Columbia Riverkeeper, (541) 965-0985, Ryan Shannon, Center for Biological Diversity, (971) 717-6407,    Oregon Denies Key Authorization for Controversial … Read More

Student Project Groups: Highlights of Fall 2020

NEDC has five student project groups for the 2020-2021 academic year, led by an awesome crew of volunteer Project Coordinators: Food & Agriculture Project Coordinators: Josie Moberg, Pegga Mosavi The Food & Agriculture Group is working on two main projects … Read More

NEDC’s Stormwater Enforcement Efforts Continue

Stormwater runoff from industrial sites is a major contributor to water pollution in the Pacific Northwest. When precipitation comes into contact with industrial pollutants, these pollutants—if not properly managed—can be carried through stormwater runoff into the region’s waters. NEDC has … Read More

NEDC & DEI: Our Commitment, Priorities, and Work

By Matt Campa NEDC has been partnering with Portland-based consultant Yee Won Chong to conduct a comprehensive organizational review and identify opportunities for furthering equity and inclusion within our own organization as well as in the work we do. This … Read More

Diesel Petition

Visit our Diesel Petition page for details about our petition to Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission to regulate diesel emissions from indirect sources

Cracking Down on Industrial Air Polluters

The Portland Tribune continues to provide excellent coverage of Oregon’s evolving industrial air toxics program. “I want to voice my support for the most protective outcome that can be achieved through this process,” said Mark Riskedahl, NEDC’s Executive Director.  “Environmental … Read More

Waldo Lake

  Help Protect Waldo Lake! Please take a moment today to e-mail Oregon DEQ and request that the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission grant our petition and commence a rule-making to designate Waldo Lake as an Outstanding Resource Water. For … Read More

Clean Water Victory!

Regularly updating water pollution permits spurs innovation and progress. Thanks to the legal team at the Earthrise Law Center and to NEDC board member Karl Anuta for years of hard work on this matter, and to Governor Kate Brown for … Read More