Northwest Environmental Advocates
Northwest Environmental Advocates, Portland OR Site: Portland Harbor, Willamette River, Columbioa Slough Contaminants: mercury, pesticides, herbicides, PAH, PCB, semi-volatile organics, dioxin/furans
40 YEARS OF EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY AND CREDIBILITY
NWEA uses a mix of approaches -- including negotiation, litigation, education, community organizing, and advocacy -- to obtain the best outcome for people and the environment:
-filing lawsuits to obtain program implementation and remedy egregious threats;
-advocating for funding, enforcement, and environmental results;
-working on advisory committees to build support for implementation; and
-education and community organizing to ensure an informed and involved public
HOW & WHY WE DO OUR WORK
Working with Others
NWEA uses its expertise, working with other environmental organizations and businesses, to achieve the best environmental results. Pairing our knowledge of the Clean Water Act with organizations that focus on issues such as salmon and logging allows us to increase our effectiveness.
Much of the protection the government provides public health and the environment is through federal environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act. Unfortunately, state and federal agencies charged with carrying out these laws often fail to do so or fail to do it correctly. As a last resort, NWEA often has to turn to litigation to obtain program implementation and to remedy egregious threats to the environment.
Advocacy describes the bulk of NWEA's work for the environment. Whether seeking funding to carry out environmental programs, enforcement against polluters, or negotiations with industry in advisory committees, NWEA seeks ways of ensuring implementation of state and federal environmental laws that protect and restore the environment. NWEA also works with industry, including utilities, to try to come to common agreements about how to meet environmental goals in ways businesses can support.
Education and Community Organizing
A democratic government only works when its citizenry is information and involved. That's why NWEA works to provide the public with educational information about environmental issues and how government agencies are or are not doing a good job carrying out environmental laws.
WHO WE ARE
Nina Bell has been NWEA's Executive Director for 24 years. Specializing in implementation of Clean Water Act programs, she guides the organization's litigation and represents environmental interests in regional and national negotiations.
P.O. Box 12187
Portland, OR 97212-0187
Nina Bell, Executive Director nbell(at)advocates-nwea.org.