Owyhee Canyonlands supporters, opponents face off in Salem hearings

Owyhee Canyonlands supporters, opponents face off in Salem hearings

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Pre-forest habitat critical for native songbirds

Pre-forest habitat critical for native songbirds

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Homeowners' guide to battling bully blackberries

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Judge strikes down Josephine County's GMO ban

Judge strikes down Josephine County's GMO ban

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Beaverton 'microgreens' find bigger market

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Sustainable Life Section

May 20, 2016

DEQ finds toxic metals in air near Precision Castparts

by Steve Law
An air monitor set up near Precision Castparts Corp’s’ plants in Southeast Portland and Milwaukie showed unhealthy levels of hexavalent chromium, nickel and arsenic. The data, released Friday by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the…
PHOTO COURTESY AUDUBON SOCIETY - The nesting colony of double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island has been decimated, and environmental groups blame federal attacks on the birds in their effort to protect migrating salmon the birds feed upon.
May 20, 2016

Audubon calls for halt of cormorant killing after East Island nesting population is decimated

by Steve Law
The Audubon Society of Portland is calling on the federal government to halt its cormorant-killing program — designed to protect endangered salmon — after news surfaced that the entire cormorant nesting colony on East Sand Island is in jeopardy. The…
May 20, 2016

Free lead testing offered today in response to high emissions traced to Bullseye Glass

by Steve Law
Multnomah County is offering free lead testing today in response to new data showing dangerous levels of airborne lead detected near Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland. Families can get free lead tests from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the…
May 20, 2016

Governor tells Bullseye Glass to stop using hazardous pollutants

by Jim Redden
Gov. Kate Brown issued a cease-and-desist order Thursday to require Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland to stop using several hazardous air pollutants, including lead, following air monitoring results at a day care near the company that showed an…
May 19, 2016

Precision Castparts reaches out to public

by Paul Koberstein
Precision Castparts Corp., the Portland-based company that makes jet engine parts in Southeast Portland, is trying to make peace with its neighbors. A turning point came in early April, after the Portland Tribune revealed how extensively the…
SCREENSHOT: PPS.NET - Portland Public Schools board member Mike Rosen (center) at the May 17 board meeting.
May 19, 2016

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Environmental groups say science is clear, so textbooks should be, too In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in…
May 18, 2016

Nestle loses Cascade Locks water bottling measure

by Cassandra Profita, EarthFix
Hood River County voters approved a ban on commercial water bottling Tuesday, blocking a $50 million bottling plant Nestle wants to build in the Columbia River Gorge. Early results showed 69 percent of county voters approving a measure that…
May 17, 2016

Green Tip: Eco considerations for having a dog or cat

by Center for Earth Leadership
Pets provide companionship, prompt us to walk and play, and often are loved members of our families. They also have an impact on the environment. A medium-size dog eats food containing some 360 pounds of meat and 200 pounds of grain each year, which…
May 11, 2016

Threatened frogs get more recognition

by Steve Law
The threatened Oregon spotted frog now has some territory designated as its “critical habitat,” after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally designated 65,038 acres of land in Oregon and Washington on Monday. The Oregon spotted frog was named a…
May 11, 2016

EPA delays releasing Superfund cleanup plan, again

by Steve Law
Portlanders awaiting the federal government’s cleanup plan for the polluted Portland Harbor Superfund site will have to wait a bit longer. In early April, the Environmental Protection Agency delayed its much-anticipated release of the cleanup plan…
COURTESY PHOTO - Portland's Biketown will feature orange bicycles that can be rented around the city. Nike provided $10 million in January to sponsor the program.
May 11, 2016

Coalition's $75,000 grant boosts Portland Biketown outreach

by Pamplin Media Group
The Community Cycling Center will use a $75,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership to boost Biketown, the city’s bike sharing program. The Better Bike Share Partnership includes the…
May 03, 2016

Made in the shade: Looking at the link between urban trees and…

by John Kirkland, Portland State Magazine
Journalist William Vaughan once called suburbia the place where the developer bulldozes the trees, then names the streets after them. The same is true for cities. After all, how many oak trees…
May 03, 2016

Green Dilemma: gas vs. electric lawnmowers

by Jo Ostgarden
Lawns keep us cool, capture rainwater and reduce runoff. They also soak up carbon, capture particulates and produce oxygen. So it makes sense to avoid using pollutants on them. Manual-reel…
COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 - A helicopter sprays a biological insecticide during a gypsy moth operation in North Portland that ended May 2. Oregon ag officials believe a public information campaign dampened opposition.
May 03, 2016

Aerial spraying around Portland avoids hullabaloo

by Eric Mortenson/Capital Bureau
Government helicopters spraying pesticides over funky neighborhoods in a liberal city would seem a recipe for outrage. But the Oregon Department of Agriculture completed its gypsy moth…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - An environmental group claims Oregon lawmakers misrepresented provisions of a bill adopted by the Legislature that removed wolves from the endangered species list.
May 03, 2016

Environmental group says lawmakers misrepresented bill to delist…

by George Plaven/EO Media Group
The environmental group Cascadia Wildlands is accusing three Oregon lawmakers of knowingly misrepresenting a bill that ratified the state’s decision to remove gray wolves from the endangered…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Hot Mama Salsa's Nikki Guerrero at her Northeast Portland kitchen.
May 03, 2016

PORTLAND'S HOT MAMA

by Jennifer Anderson
Nikki Guerrero is building a business built on spicy soul food. Anyone can find tomatoes, spices and peppers at the store, toss it together and call it salsa. That’s never been good enough for…
May 02, 2016

Powell Butte Eco-Blitz to be held

by Lyndsey Hewitt
In part of an ongoing, region-wide Eco-Blitz Series to find and collect data on the Portland-Vancouver metro area’s wildlife, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Portland Parks and Recreation and…
May 02, 2016

Registration open for Johnson Creek Science Symposium and…

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Registration is open for the Johnson Creek Science Symposium and Annual Celebration, happening on May 26 at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. The symposium will take place in the…
May 02, 2016

Oregon startup receives $3 million to fund natural gas refueling…

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Onboard Dynamics — an innovator in compressed natural gas refueling — has received $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, Portland Seed Fund,…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - SCRAP PDX director Elizabeth Start is excited for the new downtown space, which officially opened in January.
Apr 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…