According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, discharges from systems of ditches, culverts, and channels that receive stormwater runoff from two logging roads in Oregon’s Tillamook State Forest are point-source discharges and thus require CWA discharge permits. Nw. Envtl. Defense Ctr. v. Brown, No. 07-35266 (9th Cir. 8/17/10). The appeals court decision reverses a district court ruling and contradicts an EPA policy that stormwater which washes from logging roads into collection systems is nonpoint-source pollution and is not subject to NPDES permits. According to press reports, unless overturned on appeal, the Ninth Circuit decision may require EPA to establish an NPDES permitting process for such discharges. See BNA Daily Environment Report, August 18, 2010.