Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team

Community Forum Series 2024

Legal Landscapes and Environmental Restoration


Date: Friday, March 29th, 2024
Time: 530p-730p
Location: Traditions Fair Trade (300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501)






Applying Science to meet State Laws and Regulations


Paul Pickett – Environmental Engineer (retired)

Unlike academic research or scientific work for advocacy groups or commercial purposes,
science for judging compliance with laws and regulations is constrained and directed by
those laws and rules. Paul will talk about his work over the years doing TMDL studies for the
State Department of Ecology.


How the Law Can Be Leveraged to Protect and Restore Ecosystems


Patti Goldman – Senior Attorney Earthjustice Northwest

While lawsuits and legal advocacy rarely, in isolation, restore ecosystems, they can be a
catalyst for doing so. Patti will talk about how the law has been leveraged to protect and
restore rivers and estuaries and the salmon and people that depend on them for their survival and well-being.