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California Logging Clean Water Exemption


The Clean Water Act is meant to clean up the nation's waterways. In some areas, however, exemptions have been issued that have hampered the goal. One such is in California, where three water boards have ruled that loggers are exempt. Earthjustice challenged the exemptions in court.

(This case is now closed. To learn about recent Earthjustice litigation to clean up our waterways, visit the Clean Water Focus Area.)

Case ID



Humboldt Watershed Council

Case Updates

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Logging Water Pollution Exemptions Petition

Challenges a decision to grant California’s logging industry a broad exemption from California’s Clean Water Act (March 18, 2004)