Sustainable Life

Picture-perfect platform reopens at Multnomah Falls

Falls fence removed, restoring access to viewing platform in the Columbia River Gorge.

Ivy pull planned this weekend at Waterboard Park

Oregon City Parks Foundation calling for volunteers to gather 8:30 a.m. this Saturday at Oregon City Armory

Booze ban approved for Sauvie Island summers

Alcohol ban takes effect between May 1 and Sept. 30 each year in the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

Quake devastation will be far worse than scientists thought

State geologists analyze projected impacts of Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, magnitude 9.0, and expect tens of…

Heidgerken refuses Oregon City offer to buy falls site

Riverwalk developer wants to build hotel at location, but he owes $39,000 in water, sewer bills

Labor woes worry local nursery owners

Local nursery owners and horticulturalists hold their own despite lack of labor in Oregon.

Buy some plants, protect Baltimore Woods

Nonprofit hosts its annual native plant sale to raise money to preserve the wildlife corridor along Willamette River in…

Gateway to Superfund site getting cleanup plan

City of Portland, four companies devise remedies for upstream stretch of 10-mile project

Maddox Woods rookery puts on a fine nesting show

'If you keep the faith I will exist at the edge, where your vision joins the sunlight and the rain: heads in the light, feet…

Portland's 'Poop to Power' reaches first milestone

The station, the first milestone in the 'Poop to Power' project, will provide fuel for the natural gas vehicles in the…

Attempt to block youths' climate change lawsuit rejected

Juliana v. United States, filed in Eugene in 2015, claims that the president and various Executive Branch officials and…

Legislative leaders allot money to study cap and trade…

Leaders vow to bring back the proposal to rein in carbon emissions in the long 2019 legislative session.

Community garden opens at Baker Prairie

Baker Prairie Middle School has opened its yearly community garden and is looking for growers

Willamette Falls sea lions transported from Oregon City to…

ODFW traps four sea lions and transports three, two of which have already returned to the falls

Forests propose approving herbicide

Deschutes and Ochoco national forests seek comments on herbicide aminopyralid for use on forests, Grassland.

What local officials are doing to avert dramatic climate…

League of Women Voters hosts forum to discuss the city/county Climate Action Plan and how businsesses and citizens can do…

OSU study: snowpack declines across the West

Researchers attribute the snowpack decline to warmer temperatures, not a lack of precipitation. The study considered data…

When recyclables have nowhere to go

Some mixed paper and plastics collected from curbsides are starting to go to the dump instead.

EARTHTALK: Caring About Climate Without the Federal…

Dear EarthTalk: How did the Global Climate Action Summit coming up later this year in San Francisco come about and what do…

Metro's radical new idea for more housing

Five cities present ideas to create new neighborhoods in an expanded urban growth boundary

Washington banning toxic firefighting foams

Foams with perfluorinated chemicals work well in petroleum fires, such as at airports, but are known toxins that can harm…

Dyno-Nobel to pay $250K in felony plea deal for ammonia…

St. Helens chemical manufacturer pleads guilty for failing to notify federal authorities about ammonia release in 2015

Forest Park bridge work closes trails in March

Replacing bridges and other trail work is part of the city's Renew Forest Park initiative, a 20-year project to maintain and…

Who cut down Luis Pacheco's trees?

Nearly three dozen were left where they fell on his property in the Skyland neighborhood; Lake Oswego police and city…

PCC president outlines green initiatives

Training programs, reductions in energy usage and greenhouse-gas emissions earned system a national award and participation…

EARTHTALKWaiting for Hot Water

Dear EarthTalk: One source of water waste is running it to change from cold to hot. Any thoughts on how to deal with this?…

Was Eagle Creek Fire good for the Gorge?

Metro scientist Jonathan Soll says dead trees provide habitat for living animals.

Gresham photographer offers window to wildlife

Carol Zyvatkauskas follows her instinct of photographing creatures around the community.

Plants that are good for your yard and your health

Many beautiful species that are native to the Northwest will add color to your yard, attract wildlife, and double as natural…

Columbia Gorge Commission prepares new management plan

Executive director Krystyna Wolniakowski sees four areas where changes are needed.

North Plains-area company fined for pollution of creek

The Department of Environmental Quality says Northside Rock Products LLC threatened fish habitat.

One-stop shopping event for CSAs offered

More than 40 farmers and food producers will be on hand Sunday to talk about their Community Supported Agriculture programs.

House Dems seek half of a cap-and-invest program

Acknowledging resistance to passing a full cap-and-invest program this year, House Democrats have proposed enacting half of…

Vancouver boy pleads guilty to starting Eagle Creek fire

In a statement, the teenager apologized to the court. 'I know I will have to live with my bad decision for the rest of my…

See plans for Gateway Green at community open house

Public invited to see the draft design for new East Portland park at Saturday event.

House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers

Grass seed crops have received similar protections since 2011, but other types of seed were excluded from the legislation.

Coffee Creek inmates help sustain endangered butterflies

'I can tell friends and family that while in the midst of being in a correctional facility, I'm doing something that's very…

Gresham principal conquers Kilimanjaro

Clear Creek Middle School's Lori Bennis climbs 14 peaks, including the 5 highest in the Northwest.

Gresham's 6 undeveloped parks have $37.2 million price tag

City Council sets goals for park development and maintenance during meeting on Feb. 13

PGE to fund electric vehicle programs

Oregon Public Utility Commission authorizes up to $3.8 million to be spent in service area, including help for TriMet.

Gorge bike trail extension rolls in at $21 million

Wyeth-Lindsey Creek trail link in Columbia River Gorge could open in 2019, ODOT says.

Gravel mine fined $35K for violations at Fairview Creek

More News: Get tax help at Gresham Library, Red Cross honors Eagle Creek Fire animal angels.

Mercury pollution may impact Oregon farm erosion rules

Farmers may be expected to increase erosion control efforts due to stricter mercury pollution limits in Oregon's Willamette River Basin.

Yakama Nation sues 30 parties to recoup Superfund costs

Washington tribe says it wants to hold polluters more accountable as the Trump administration tilts the EPA in an industry-friendly direction.

Bamboo heaven nestled in North Plains hills

Picturesque Bamboo Garden nursery occupies former timberland and specializes in all things bamboo.

Small band of West Linn volunteers work to revitalize city open…

'When we started, it was completely infested with blackberries, huge bushes.'

EARTHTALK: Regenerative Agriculture

There's no tilling how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that we can save with these farming methods

DEQ fines Portland $55,200 for Woods Creek sewage spill

City won't appeal decision after about 100,000 to 200,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed from manholes into the creek near Southwest 69th Avenue…

Levee project wants regional taxing district to protect area…

Levee Ready Columbia will seek buy-in from elected officials about creating a Water Improvement District,

Carbon sequestration proposed as 'cap-and-trade' alternative

Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating for a bill that would require the state to evaluate using 'natural ecosystems' to absorb and…

Oregon 'uplists' marbled murrelet to endangered

The change to endangered status will likely result in stricter logging limits on state forestland.

Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle

A bill that would increase compensation for livestock losses based on Oregon's wolf population has survived an initial legislative deadline.

Shedding clothes on Valentine's Day

Human Access Project stages a polar bear swim in the Willamette River to mark more than three months without a combined sewer discharge.

Cleaning up Johnson Creek, in costume

20th-annual Watershed Wide Event features work parties along waterway, with volunteers dressing up for the occasion.

Trump Budget Proposes Selling Off Bonneville Power Transmission…

Revived proposal, certain to be opposed by regional business and political leaders, would impact ratepayers throughout the Northwest.

City utility charges: Separate but unequal

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services fees for city-wide storm drainage services are more than six times higher for single-family homes than for…

Gorge on recovery path after Eagle Creek Fire

Blaze significantly damages McCord, Elowah falls areas in the John B. Yeon Scenic Corridor.

City offers help for homeowners in Johnson Creek floodplain

Program helps those hit by spiking flood insurance premiums that could force some out of their homes.

Could more space be found for Clackamas community gardeners?

Oregon City campus loses more than a dozen community-garden plots; full occupancy needed for college to consider an expansion elsewhere

How does noise pollution impact whales?

OSU researcher uses drones to detect impact of ship channel activity on West Coast whales.

Green Tip: Antibacterial soaps

Liquid soaps marketed as antibacterial may have harmful ingredients, yet they don't work any better than regular soaps.

Live the Revolution through bicycle storytelling

Annual fundraiser by The Street Trust features stories by bicycle advocates and raffle, to raise money for its advocacy work.

EARTHTALK: Stopping That Drain Clog Naturally

Some products are safer to use than others, but the best course is prevention.

Food fight: Recycler claims Metro bias

Regional government accused of favoritism in choosing Waste Management and city Bureau of Environmental Services to build and operate food scraps…

'GREAT' discusses disaster response in Gresham

The Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance To (GREAT) Business program meets again.

Cantwell, Seafood Industry Say 'No' To Northwest Offshore…

Communities that rely on fishing say an oil spill would destroy their livelihoods and environment, and isn't worth the risk.

Woodland Management course set at Hopkins Demonstration Forest

At forest south of Oregon City, Thursday classroom sessions run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 15, 22 and March 1

Hiking still forbidden at Multnomah Falls

Officials are warning against hopping the fence blocking the trail to get a closer look.

City Council makes demolitions safer for lead exposure

Crews must carefully remove all painted exterior siding before tearing down a home in the city.

EARTHTALK: Eco Villages

Intentional communities, including eco-villages, are flourishing across United States

Can Kelp And Seagrass Help Oysters Adapt To Major Ocean Change?

The oceans off Oregon and Washington are ground zero for ocean acidification, and Northwest scientists are working on new ways to adapt.

Weed out the winter blahs

Expand your gardening and landscaping skills with free spring workshops offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

UGB 101: Everything you wanted to know about the urban growth…

The Metro Council has to keep 20 years of developable land in the urban growth boundary. What will this year's review show?

Fundraiser seeks to open Multnomah Falls trails in 2018

Oregon's Kitchen Table seeks to raise $500,000 for restoration work in the Columbia River Gorge.

Assessing our trees

Public Works interns survey street trees in Wilsonville to better understand the health of the community's urban canopy

Cascadia Times revived

Editor and reporter Paul Koberstein raises funds to restart his Portland environmental journal

Restoration work will focus on North Fork, Clear Creek

River basin council receives grant funds for habitat work along the Clackamas River

Waterfront complex planned near OMSI for paddlers

Facility replaces the Portland Boathouse, adds interpretive center, educational and meeting spaces.

Eagle Creek Fire closure area shrinks

Wahtum Lake, Rainy Lake, Indian Springs camp sites opened, Forest Service reports.

Climate activists file initiative to create Portland sales tax

Funds raised would support solar panels, energy-efficiency projects and other efforts to lower carbon emissions.

One last fundraiser set for White Oak Savanna

Roberta and Ed Schwarz are preparing to hand over funds to complete West Linn park

Electric vehicles a highlight of 2018 Auto Show

Show runs from Thursday to Sunday and features advanced automotive technologies.

SolarWorld Trump raises tariffs on foreign solar panels,…

SolarWorld had called for 50 percent tariffs on foreign-made solar panel imports.

Gray wolves return to Mt. Hood forest

Mt. Hood National Forest officials see multiple wolves for first time in decades.

Trump Administration Eases Rules For Bird-Killing Wind Turbines,…

U.S. Interior Department lets wind, electric industries off the hook for bird deaths


Shower or Bath: which Is better at conserving water and protecting the environment?

Saved from chopping block: Trees planted at Gladstone Nature Park

Gladstone had previously considered selling park to fund other city projects

Sharing knowledge for the environment

Estacada resident shares what she learned in recycling course with members of her community

Jennings Lodge residents brace for Corps of Engineers decision

Recent determination gives hope to Jennings Lodge residents for saving some of the 326 trees

Community forum promotes cap-and-trade bill

Let's Talk Climate will highlight climate change bill before next month's legislative session.

WL 'Beaver Ambassadors' group sheds light on misunderstood animal

'Beavers are back, and we have these rare opportunities in some of our parks to showcase what they do.'

The hidden environmental benefit of E-Bikes

What generates fewer carbon emissions, pedaling a regular bicycle or an E-Bike? The answer may surprise you.

Lack of shutoffs for pipeline troubles Wilsonville

City officials want Kinder Morgan to add safety devices to high-pressure pipeline

Variety of species recorded in 92nd Christmas bird count

Audubon Society of Portland will hold the Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 17 through 20

TRIP takes a bow after cleanup

Troutdale Reynolds industrial park awarded for change into major regional employer.

Waste Management gets nod to process our food scraps

Metro chooses nation's largest garbage hauler, which is working with Portland sewer authority, to build plant in North Portland.

Is the city trying to soak houseboat residents?

Floating home residents say the Bureau of Environmental Services is trying to tax the rain

Both North Portland oil recyclers rack up PCB violations

DEQ orders PCB cleanup at EcoLube Recovery facility near Portland Expo Center


Ongoing studies of salmon and trout in Tryon Creek support efforts to replace the concrete culvert under Highway 43

Could Vanport Flood happen again?

State study shows just how vulnerable we are if any Columbia River flood-control levees fail


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