Events

Upcoming Events

ENR Section Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
The Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel (403 SW 10th Avenue, Portland)
Appetizers provided; no-host, cash-only bar (ATM on site)

The section will be accepting nominations for its annual award, to be presented at the December 11, 2018 Annual Meeting, through September 21, 2018. This award is intended to recognize leadership, service, and outstanding contributions in the areas of environmental and natural resources law. The nomination form (click on this link) details the criteria for this award and how to submit nominations.

Annual CLE – 2018 Environmental Law: Year in Review

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 8:00 am-4:30 pm with reception to follow
McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, Oregon

The CLE will begin at 8:00 am with a continental breakfast, followed by introductory remarks at 8:25. After closing remarks, from 4:35 to 5:30, we hope attendees will participate in a networking reception. Please see our Annual CLE page for more information as details become available.


Past Events

Portland Harbor Superfund Site Afternoon Cruise
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 3:00-5:00 pm
1 CLE credit (pending)

Climb aboard the Portland Spirit’s “Crystal Dolphin” and enjoy an afternoon tour of the downstream reach of the Willamette River, also known as the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. As you enjoy the view from the upper deck with other members of the ENR Section, our panel of local experts will present diverse perspectives on the past, present, and future of the River. Appetizers and a no-host bar will sustain you on your two-hour tour

Bull Run Watershed Tour with Portland Water Bureau
Friday, July 13, 2018, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

This all-day tour by bus to the Bull Run Watershed offers a unique opportunity to see firsthand how Portland’s drinking water travels from forest to faucet. During the tour, a professional natural resources educator leads participants through the Bull Run Watershed, discussing Portland’s drinking water sources and system.

ENR Section Brownbag

Groundwater Regulation
Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 12:00-1:15 pm
Tonkon Torp LLP, 1600 Pioneer Tower, 888 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR
1 CLE credit (pending)
Speakers:
Sarah Liljefelt (Partner, Schroeder Law Offices, P.C.), materials may be found here.

Lisa Brown (Staff Attorney, WaterWatch), materials may be found here.

This CLE presentation focused on current issues in groundwater management and regulation in Oregon. The panelists discussed two ongoing situations involving groundwater management in Southern and Southeastern Oregon and the broader implications for groundwater users and regulators. Lisa Brown discussed the legal interpretations and facts that resulted in severe groundwater over allocation in the Harney Basin, status of any reforms, and the challenges presented by attempts to address groundwater over allocation after the fact. Sarah Liljefelt discussed the Oregon Water Resources Department’s regulation of Upper Klamath Basin groundwater users in response to Tribal and Project calls for water over the past few years, including the statutory and regulatory basis for such regulation, and the role of scientific models utilized by the Department.

ENR Section Brownbag

Birds of a Feather Don’t Always Flock Together: Conservation and Management of Imperiled Bird Species and Avian Predators on Western Public Lands
Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:00-1:15 pm 

Stoel Rives LLP, 760 SW Ninth Ave., Suite 3000, Portland, OR 97205

Mac Lacy (Senior Attorney, Oregon Natural Desert Association) discussed conservation and ecology of the Greater sage-grouse, an imperiled bird symbolic of the vast sagebrush sea between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges. Materials may be found here.

Scott Horngren (Staff Attorney, Western Resources Legal Center) addressed current legal developments in cases challenging the lethal removal of barred owls in spotted owl habitat and the lethal removal of ravens that are predators of sage-grouse eggs. Materials may be found here.


ENR Section Brownbag

The National Monument Review Process 
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 12:00-1:30 pm 
Wells Fargo Tower, Building Conference Room, 21st Floor, 1300 SW Fifth Avenue
in conjunction with the Sustainable Future Section

ENR Section Annual Meeting and Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
The Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel (403 SW 10th Avenue, Portland)
Appetizers provided; no-host, cash-only bar (ATM on site)


ENR Section Brownbag

Fire in the West:  Law, Policy, and the Best Available Science
Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 12:00-1:15 pm 
Tonkon Torp LLP

2017 ENR Section Annual CLE
October 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
McMeniman’s Edgefield, Troutdale, Oregon

2016 ENR Section Annual CLE
Environmental Law: Year in Review
Introductory Remarks
Karen Moynahan, City of Portland – ENR Section Chair
Dustin T. Till, PacifiCorp – ENR Section Chair-Elect, CLE Chair
 
Clean Air Act – Nuts & Bolts
Brian Flanagan, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt (Materials)
 
Air Toxics Panel 
Leah Feldon, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (Materials)
Tom Wood, Stoel Rives (Materials)
Nicholas Caleb, Neighbors for Clean Air (Materials 12)
 
Hot Topics / Caselaw / Statutory Update
CERCLA:  Patrick Rowe, Sussman Shank (Materials)
Clean Water Act:  Miles Johnson, Columbia Riverkeeper (Materials)
Environmental Species Act:  Kirk Maag, Stoel Rives (Materials)
 
Lunch:  Forests to Frame: The Promise of Advanced Wood Products for Oregon’s Economy and the Environment
Timm Locke, Director of Forest Products for the Oregon Forest Resource Institute (Materials)
 
Environmental Enforcement Panel
Kieran O’Donnell, Environmental Law Specialist, ODEQ (Materials)
Suzanne C. Lacampagne, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn (Materials)
Jamie Saul, Earthrise Law Center (Materials)
 
Ethics
Amber Hollister, OSB General Counsel (Materials)
 
Planning an Environmental Case Panel
Dominic Carollo, Yockim Carollo LLP (Materials)
Tom Buchele, Earthrise Law Center (Materials)
Moderator, Mary Anne Nash, Oregon Farm Bureau Federation 
 
Closing Remarks
Dustin T. Till, CLE Chair

ENR Section Field Trip, Whooshh Innovations:

On September 23, 2016, members of the ENR Section visited Whooshh Innovations’ live fish transport system on the Washougal River in coordination with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This is not your ordinary fish passage system! The system utilizes a “Whooshh tube” and “Salmon Cannon” to propel hatchery and wild fall Chinook salmon from the weir up the riverbank a distance of 120 linear feet in approximately 5 seconds. This innovative technology is great fun to see in person as the fish are visible through the tube. More information, photos, and videos are available on the company’s website: http://www.whooshh.com/.

This field trip was a great opportunity to get out of the office, and learn about the legal issues spurring more fish passage projects and a recent technology designed to facilitate improvements in fish passage. 


ENR Section Summer Social

On August 25, 2016, section members gathered at Lucky Lab on SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland for an evening of camaraderie.


2015 Annual CLE
Environmental Law: Year in Review
Presentations and Materials:
 
Introductory Remarks
Patrick Rowe, Sussman Shank, LLP – ENR Section Chair
Karen Moynahan, City of Portland – ENR Section Chair-Elect, CLE Chair
 
Water Supply in a Time of Drought:  Update & Tools
Dwight French, Oregon Water Resources Department (Materials)
Caylin Barter, Freshwater Trust (Materials)
April Snell, Oregon Water Resources Congress (Materials)
 
EPA Changes the Rules (Again):  Recent Changes to the Definition of “Solid Waste”
Introduction by Kirk Maag, Stoel Rives (Materials)
Mark Morford, Stoel Rives (Materials)
Geoff Tichenor, Stoel Rives (Materials)
 
Lunch:  What Could Our Legislators Possibly Be Thinking?
Representative Cliff Bentz (Materials)
 
Hot Topics
Brownfields:  Nanci Klinger, City of Portland (Materials)
ESA:  Elizabeth Howard, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt (Materials)
Waters of the United States:  Lore Bensel, Oregon DOJ (Materials 1, 2)
 
Ethics:  OECAA, Conflicts & the Tripartite Relationship
David J. Elkanich, Holland & Knight (Materials)
Joan P. Snyder, Stoel Rives (Materials)
 
Climate Change:  Science, Law and Policy of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Oregon
Julia Olson, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust (Materials)
Meghan Dalton, Oregon Climate Research Institute (Materials)
Angus Duncan, President, Bonneville Environmental Foundation; Chair, Oregon Global Warming Commission (Materials)

Brownbag CLE:

The Coeur Alaska Case:  Rational Reconciliation or Polluter’s Charter

In COEUR ALASKA, INC. v. SOUTHEAST ALASKA CONSERVATION COUNCIL, Case No. 07-984 (June 22, 2009), the United States Supreme Court addressed the relationship between Sections 404, 402 and 306 of the Clean Water Act in the context of mining and filling. Come and hear the perspective of Bob Maynard, one of the attorneys of record in the case and debate the issues and implications stemming from this important ruling, reversing, yet again, the Ninth Circuit on an environmental matter.

Speaker: Bob Maynard, Esq., Partner Perkins Coie

Bob Maynard is a partner in Perkins Coie, is admitted to practice in Alaska, Idaho, and Washington D.C. and is the managing partner of Perkins’ Boise office. Bob focuses his practice on environment, energy, and natural resources law. His practice includes project development and other transactions, regulation, legislation and litigation. His experience includes forest products/timber, government contracts/leasing/permitting, historic preservation, Indian Law, land use/real estate, minerals, oil & gas, public lands, recreation/resort, and water law matters. Bob is listed in The Best Lawyers in America , Chambers USA “America’s Leading Environment & Natural Resources Lawyers,” and in Mountain States Super Lawyers. Bob represents Coeur Alaska and has been involved in the permitting efforts and all phases of the litigation around those permits for Coeur’s Alaska operations


Brownbag CLE:
Update on Insurance Cost Recovery in Pollution Cases
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

On July 9, 2009, the Oregon Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in the case of ZRZ Realty v. Beneficial Fire, Case No. S057155, a case in which plaintiffs are seeking to establish insurance coverage in respect of environmental contamination that resulted from dismantling of navy and merchant marine vessels at a site along the Willamette River. Join us for a robust discussion of insurance cost recovery case law and issues associated with insurance cost recovery in West Coast states regarding environmental contamination, including discussion of the Zidell ship scrapping case, the Oregon Environmental Cleanup Assistance Act, what does and does not trigger coverage, and predicting trends in the courts.

Christopher R. Hermann is a partner in the Portland, Oregon, office of Stoel Rives. He specializes in environmental and environmental insurance law. He regularly advises policyholders on environmental liability insurance coverage claims and strategies for accelerated access to the cash value of historical insurance policies through negotiated cash-out settlements on behalf of policyholders. Mr. Hermann earned his J.D., Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate, from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1981. He was the Managing editor of the University of Oregon Law Review. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bowdoin College, 1976.


Brownbag CLE:

Legislating Solutions to Climate Change in a Struggling Economy
Friday, June 26, 2009

A discussion of what is being done in the Oregon Legislative Assembly to address the challenges of global climate change as we await significant additional action at the federal level.

Speaker, Lisa Adatto is a business professional with over 20 years experience in marketing and public policy. She was a founder, owner and senior executive of a company that eventually grew from five to 1000 employees. She developed a great interest in climate issues and joined a leading business group in Oregon, the Oregon Business Association (OBA) as Environment and Economic Development Director. In that position she was responsible for working with members to develop a business, economic development and environmental policy agenda. Currently, Lisa is the Oregon Director of Climate Solutions working to promote realistic, sensible and profitable climate policy in Oregon. As part of her duties, she works to recruit business leaders to engage them in regional, state and federal policy. She serves as a leader on of the Healthy Climate Partnership, and on several workgroups, and she works on a variety of projects at the nexus of business profitability and climate.


Brownbag CLE:

The Promise of Development:
Natural Resource Issues in a New Economy

May 7- 8, 2009
Seventh Mountain Resort, Bend, Oregon

The nature of development in Central and Eastern Oregon is on the brink of change. The sunny, wide open climates of the east side of the Cascades make this land a prime candidate for new, renewable energy developments such as wind, solar and geo-thermal. Simultaneously there is a growing interest in residences in “amenity rich” areas such Bend, and other beautiful, remote towns near mountains and rivers.

This CLE will attempt to provide practitioners with a clearer vision of the upcoming development pressures and a nuts and bolts introduction to how to handle clients with questions about these new areas.

The event will open Thursday evening with a presentation on tribal perspectives on new development by Robert Brunoe of the Warm Springs Reservation. The presentation will be immediately followed by a reception hosted by Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.

Friday Morning will begin with a presentation by Mike Carrier of the Governor’s Office. Morning sessions will look at destination resorts and the impacts of new development on ground and surface waters in this dry climate.

At lucnch we will hear from Brent Foster, the new Special Counsel to the Oregon Attorney General on Environmental Crimes

The afternoon will be entirely devoted to renewable energy issues. It will begin with a keynote address on the state of renewable energy in Oregon by
Mike Grainey, Director of the Oregon Department of Energy.


Brownbag CLE:

Forestry & Climate Change

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Noon – 1pm

According to the EPA, forests and soils have a large influence on atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2)—the most important global warming gas emitted by human activities. Tropical deforestation is responsible for about 20% of the world’s annual CO2 emissions, but on a global scale these emissions are more than offset by the uptake of CO2 by forests and agriculture. Therefore, forest management can play an important role in controlling further emissions and sequestering additional carbon. Come hear a panel of three experts speak about forestry, carbon, and climate, in Oregon and around the world.


Brownbag CLE:

Bio Fuels
Sept. 23, 2008

The Role of Biofuel Renewables in Combating Global Climate Change
There has been much recent controversy regarding the role of Biofuels in addressing Global Climate Change and in weaning the United States from Foreign Oil. Despite the findings of the US Department of Agriculture, a variety of vested interests have charged corn-based ethanol with responsibility for driving up food prices. Is alcohol still part of the solution? In addition, despite some substantial grant awards for research, development and demonstration in the area of cellulosic biofuels, many remain skeptical that inedible plant matter will ever make a significant contribution to energy independence. Whatever the current state of play, the case for biofuels is evolving. Is alcohol the solution? Come and discuss these and other issues with Allan A. Fulsher, Esq., Vice President of US Ethanol, LLC.


Brownbag CLE:

Wave Energry
June 23, 2008

Oregon has a wonderful renewable resource available to it along its western coast which if appropriately captured can assist in solving our Global Climate Change challenges.

Speaker: JUSTIN KLURE: Justin Klure is a principal partner with Pacific Energy Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm focused on developing renewable energy projects across the country. His company focuses on developing the business solutions needed to address the complexities of the energy marketplace. Justin is a founding member of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust and served as its Director for the first year of operation. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust’s mission is to build and share the expertise needed to develop the emerging wave energy industry. Justin has spent the majority of his career delivering new energy technologies and projects into various markets throughout the Northwest. His current professional focus is positioning Oregon as a leader in the development of wave energy. He has also served as a senior advisor with the Oregon Department of Energy, leading the development of innovative energy policies, climate change initiatives, renewable energy projects and technology transfer. During his ten year tenure with the State, he authored numerous policy documents and was a key contributor for legislation aimed at developing new, clean energy resources.


Brownbag CLE:

Addressing Rapid Climate Change

May 30, 2008

Speaker: Bill Drumheller,
Senior Policy Analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy.

“The earth’s climate is undergoing unprecedented change as a result of human activity, and this change will have significant effects on all Oregonians, their families, their communities, and their workplaces. A broad scientific consensus tells us that climate change is accelerating, and that it is happening at a speed that was unanticipated even recently. It is urgent that we act now, both to reduce the cause of this earth-transforming crisis by rapidly driving towards a low-carbon economy, and to begin to prepare for and adapt to the changes that mitigation cannot prevent. If we as Oregonians rise to this challenge and make intelligent and well-informed choices, we can minimize the most adverse impacts of changing weather patterns on our lives while producing many benefits – including economic opportunities – by leading the world to an environmentally sustainable and globally competitive state economy. In this report, the CCIG proposes that Oregon takes steps toward developing a framework that will assist individuals, businesses, and governments to incorporate climate change into their planning processes.”

– From the Final Report of the Climate Change Integration Group to the Governor


Governor Kulongoski’s Climate Change Initiative
April 28, 2008

The State of Oregon is fighting Green House Gas Emissions and working to prepare us to manage the impacts of global climate change. Learn what the Governor Kulongoski is doing to address climate change, including advancing alternative renewable energies, working with the Western Climate Initiative, and working with the Oregon Legislature.

Speaker: David Van’t Hof, Sustainability and Renewable Energy Policy Advisor for Governor Kulongoski. He is responsible for implementing the Governor’s Executive Order on sustainability, the Governor’s three state climate change initiative, and fostering the development of renewable energy and associated technologies in Oregon.


Oregon v. The Feds
State Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Vehicles
March 4, 2008

In light of the sluggish response of the federal government to climate change, states such as California, New York and Oregon have taken the initiative with regard to enacting laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Come and discuss the variety of litigation against and petitions to the US EPA regarding the need for a regional and national assault on climate change. Materials

Speaker: Paul Logan, Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice.