30 Years of PIELC

Tell your friends “I’m going to spend the weekend at a law conference” and they’ll figure you are in for a really horrible couple days. But when it comes to the UO’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), attendees are actually in for some fun and excitement.  Continue reading 

Celilo Falls, Community Rights Explored At PIELC

A March 6 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference panel explored the environmental damage stemming from the flooding of the falls and discussed solutions

Salmon fishing with large loop nets by Native Americans circa 1938. Photo credit: Archival photograph by Mr. Sean Linehan, NOS, NGS and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce.

In March of 1957, the gates of The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River closed and Celilo Falls, 8 miles upstream, was covered up within six hours. A March 6 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference panel explored the environmental damage stemming from the flooding of the falls and discussed solutions. Continue reading