A federal court in Oregon has approved a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and an environmental advocacy group relating to Oregon’s Clean Water Act program. Nw. Envtl. Advocates v. EPA, No. 3:05-cv-1876 (D. Or. 4/10/13). Plaintiff challenged EPA’s approval of parts of Oregon’s water programs. This settlement addresses two provisions in Oregon’s water quality standards that relate to “natural conditions” in streams. Essentially, if a stream’s natural conditions did not meet one or more water quality criteria, the natural condition would be substituted as the applicable criterion for that stream. EPA agreed to the court’s decision vacating its prior approval of these two provisions and will assess the provisions within 120 days.