Enforcement is a cornerstone of environmental protection, central to achieving our shared goal of clean water. We depend upon government to enforce laws, but sometimes, that process needs a nudge. Rogue Riverkeeper works to provide oversight and perform as a watchdog to ensure that our nation's water protection laws are not ignored, whether by the polluters themselves or by those agencies charged with protecting our rivers. When necessary, Rogue Riverkeeper goes to court to ensure that human activities follow to the Clean Water Act and other laws.
Clean Water Act Permits: The Clean Water Act has numerous sections with permits required for different types of activities that may pollute our nation’s waters. Any activity that will result in pollutants being released into a waterway from a single point, such as an industrial facility or sewage treatment plant, requires regularly updated and renewed permits. Rogue Riverkeeper keeps an eye on these types of permits in the Rogue basin. The General Permit for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4), which will affect several communities in our basin, has been under revision for many years. Rogue Riverkeeper remains vigilant and involved in this permit process.
LNG development: The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project would build an import facility in Coos Bay and a 235-mile pipeline to California. The pipeline would cross 379 waterbodies in the Coos, Coquille, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath watersheds and harm threatened species including Coho salmon. We are prepared to file suit against federal approval of this project and are engaged in various state and federal permitting processes.