Long history of Johnson Creek pollution winds back to Precision Castparts

Long history of Johnson Creek pollution winds back to Precision Castparts

Johnson Creek begins its 26-mile journey from pristine headwaters in the Cascade foothills near...

Meriwether Lewis's journals show region's flowers bloomed later in those days

Meriwether Lewis's journals show region's flowers bloomed later in those days

In early March 1806, the Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark waited out...

Does 'Leave no Trace' include a golf course?

Does 'Leave no Trace' include a golf course?

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Protesters target Precision Castparts

Protesters target Precision Castparts

After battling two small eastside glass makers over toxic air emissions, Southeast Portland...

PCC making the grade with Bees

PCC making the grade with Bees

Colleges usually strive for A grades, but Portland Community College is achieving recognition...

Commercial gillnetters want state ban tossed out

Commercial gillnetters want state ban tossed out

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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - SCRAP PDX director Elizabeth Start is excited for the new downtown space, which officially opened in January.
April 19, 2016

Less junk, more treasure makesSCRAP get scrappier

by Jennifer Anderson
From rubber bands and pompoms to carpet squares, old maps and photographs, the floorspace at SCRAP is filled with the remnants of our daily lives. Since 2009, the nonprofit shop has been a haven for children, artists, designers, crafters or anyone…
COURTESY OREGON ZOO - A western painted turtle basks on a rock at the Oregon Zoo's Cascade Stream and Pond habitat. With an assist from the zoo's Future for Wildlife program, conservationists are working to save native Oregon turtles at the Sandy River Delta.
April 19, 2016

Turtles get protective fence to help find nests

by Jennifer Anderson
Conservation specialists are setting up temporary fences this month at the Sandy River Delta Park in Troutdale — where turtles soon will be looking for safe nesting places. The fences are intended to keep the people (about 100,000 annual visitors)…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Bundles of paper and cardboard await recycling at a local plant. Oregon ranked No. 4 on WalletHub's list of the greenest states.
April 19, 2016

Yeah, we're green, just not the 'greenest' state

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon’s green, sure, but is it the greenest state in the nation? Nope. Not according to a new WalletHub analysis, which puts the Sustainable Beaver State at No. 4 on its Greenest States list. The No. 1 Greenest State? Vermont. Oregon ranked No. 1…
April 16, 2016

Volunteers needed to help restore Wilkes Creek Headwaters

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Columbia Slough Watershed Council is celebrating Earth Day this year by helping to restore Wilkes Creek Headwaters. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23 at Wilkes Creek Headwaters, 15401 N.E. Fremont St. During the activity,…
April 15, 2016

Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers for work party

by Lyndsey Hewitt
The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help at a work party on Saturday, April 30. The party is aimed at preserving Cascade Head Preserve. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry during the event. The work party includes a 4-to…
April 15, 2016

StreamTeam hosts Earth Day in Clark County

by Steve Law
Residents in the Clark County area are invited to the annual EarthDayFest at the Salmon Creek Greenway, presented by the StreamTeam at Clark Public Utilities. The 17th annual event takes place on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in…
April 14, 2016

ODOE has $6 million in tax credits available to fund alternative fuel vehicle fleet projects

by Lyndsey Hewitt
The Oregon Department of Energy has announced that it has up to $6 million in state tax credits available to fund alternative fuel vehicle fleet projects. Alternative fuel vehicle infrastructures include projects such as electric vehicle charging,…
April 08, 2016

EcoFilm Festival screens Baraka for Earth Day

by Steve Law
The Hollywood Theatre will offer special screenings of the 70-millimeter film Baraka as part of its year-round Portland EcoFilm Festival, in honor of Earth Day. The 1992 documentary, shot from 152 locations in 25 countries. The film has no dialogue…
April 08, 2016

Oregon Garden hosts Earth Day festival

by Steve Law
The Oregon Garden, in the Silverton area, hosts its 17th annual Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is Clean Water, Clear Skies. The event features more than 20 exhibitors. There also will be…
May 17, 2016

EPA delays release of Portland Harbor Superfund plan until May

by Steve Law
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it will delay its expected release of a cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site for three weeks. Mark MacIntyre, EPA spokesman, said the agency needs more time to provide…
Apr 06, 2016

Historic deal signed for Klamath River Basin

by Steve Law
Two governors named Brown, the heads of two federal departments, and a leading Northwest electric utility inked a historic agreement Wednesday that will result in four dams being removed from…
Apr 05, 2016

Come to the Park Blocks to celebrate Earth Day

by Steve Law
Portland State University’s Environmental Club will host an Earth Day Festival on Friday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the South Park Blocks next to the campus. More than 1,500 people…
Apr 05, 2016

Green Briefs-Earth Day edition

by Steve Law
April 22 is Earth Day, and Oregonians will celebrate in a variety of ways. Here are some of the festivities in the Portland area and beyond: Earth Day Festival at the park blocks Portland State…
COURTESY OF TRAVIS WILLIAMS, WILLAMETTE RIVERKEEPER - Its been more than 15 years since the Environmental Protection Agency dubbed an 11-mile stretch of the Willamette River as a Superfund site, and its just getting around to proposing a cleanup plan.
Apr 05, 2016

EPA ready to release plan for harbor Superfund cleanup

by Steve Law
Next week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to deliver its long-awaited recommendations for how to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. EPA’s proposal will come more than…
Apr 04, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with music, song and poetry

by Steve Law
Portland’s annual Earth Day in Music and Song event takes place Friday, April 22, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, Southeast 12th Avenue and Salmon Street, in downtown…
Apr 01, 2016

More than a grocery store: New Seasons propels a sustainable…

by Lyndsey Hewitt
When it comes to environmental friendliness, Oregon seems to be doing something right. One website, triplepundit.com, listed Oregon as the second most eco-friendly state in the United States,…
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Mar 31, 2016

'Stop work' orders could hit food makers, pesticide applicators

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
CORVALLIS — Food manufacturers and pesticide applicators could be subject to “stop work” orders under new regulatory authority being considered by Oregon’s farm regulators. The Oregon Department…
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Mar 31, 2016

Oregon officials object to genetically engineered grass…

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
CORVALLIS — Oregon farm regulators are objecting to USDA’s proposed deregulation of a genetically engineered grass variety that escaped field trials more than a decade ago. Last year, USDA…
COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON WILD - A wolf known as OR-11 was tagged with a radio collar in 2011 that failed in January 2013. State officials killed four wolves in an attempt to reduce livestock attacks.
Mar 31, 2016

State takes 'lethal' action to cut wolf attacks on livestock

by Eric Mortenson/Capital Bureau
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife killed four Imnaha Pack wolves involved in five confirmed livestock attacks in the past month. The “lethal take” order, adamantly opposed by a key…
Mar 30, 2016

Erin Brockovich coming to town

by Steve Law
California activist Erin Brockovich, who won a $333 million settlement from the California power company PG&E for dumping hexavalent chromium into groundwater used for drinking, is coming to…