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Law students contribute to U.S. Supreme Court case

December 03, 2012

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The Oregonian recently featured a front page article about the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) and Lewis & Clark Law School students’ involvement in a logging road pollution case argued in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Seven rainy springs ago, Mark Riskedahl and student volunteers from Lewis & Clark’s law school visited the Tillamook State Forest to snag samples of muddy water washing into streams from roads used by logging trucks,” the article explains.

“They succeeded: Their samples from the Trask and Kilchis rivers showed water ‘turbidity’ from road runoff ranging from 34 to 971 times background levels, a potential threat to wild coastal coho on the endangered species list and to other fish.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments stemming from the lawsuit Riskedahl’s group filed against Oregon’s Department of Forestry and four timber companies after the sampling results came in.

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