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Grand Ronde tribe celebrates approval of fishing scaffold that will be placed at Willamette Falls

City and county move to eliminate 'dirty diesel' engines on…

Portland, Multnomah County hope other governments, and then the state, will enact tougher regulations as well.

Help protect vital wetlands

Wetlands & Wellies, the annual fundraiser for The Wetlands Conservancy, comes Oct. 14 to Southeast Portland.

The price of Oregon's failed cougar management

State initiative to ban use of hounds to hunt cougars has led to growth in the predator's numbers.

A natural river

Restoration efforts, dam removals increase native fish populations in the Sandy River

Lawsuit filed to halt sale of timber

Nature groups want to save owl habitat, mature trees, which are more 'fire resilient'

PUC report evaluates how to expand consideration of climate…

Agency would need changes in state law to properly consider impacts on carbon emissions in much of its deliberations.

EARTHTALK: Building communities on water

Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental benefits of so-called 'seasteading' as opposed to building more housing and…

Matchmaking for environmentally minded startup companies

VertueLab hosts its annual Portland showcase of promising clean tech companies

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Metro issues 'fine print' to regulate mandatory food scraps…

Regional government expects the Portland area's organic waste will be turned into energy after requiring major…

Whales doing tricks for scientists

Oregon State University researchers use unmanned aerial drones to observe behaviors in gray whales not seen before.

Lake Oswego considers plastic bag ban

Possible ordinance would be similar to rules in Portland and other Oregon cities


Hallinan Elementary School's outdoor classroom offers new ways for Lake Oswego students to connect with the world around them

Court fends off challenge to state restrictions on…

Practice has disrupted salmon habitat, conflicted with fishers and others using Oregon rivers.

Wildlife groups sue to block major timber sale on Mount Hood

Advocacy groups say Crystal Creek Restoration sale would require 36 miles of roads, damaging environment and threatening…

Nissan Offers $3,000 EV discount to Pacific Power customers

Combined with available federal and state incentives, customers can save $13,000 on a new Nissan Leaf.

EARTHTALK: Greener Gear

Dear EarthTalk: I hear a lot about Patagonia doing the right thing by the environment, but what about the rest of the…

Cleanup events planned later this month for Sandy River…

Volunteers needed to remove debris and improve the environment for people and salmon

It's STEPtember: Mayor wants city to start strolling

Mayor Ted Wheeler kicks off Oregon Walks campaign to get people moving across the city.

Milwaukie first city in Clackamas County to ban plastic bags

Fairview mayor Ted Tosterud leads local charge to phase out plastic bags in three other nearby cities

New film 'The Human Element' premieres in Portland

Documentary explores how climate change is reshaping our environment and lives.

Wolf pups born on Warm Springs Reservation

A male and a female wolf have been photographed with their two pups on the northern part of the reservation.

Volunteers needed for Down the River Clean Up

Launch from four parks on Clackamas River - Milo McIver, Barton, Carver and Riverside - ending up at Clackamette Park in…

Regional bakery chain becomes certified B Corp.

Grand Central Bakery agrees to meet higher standards for environmental and corporate responsibility.

How to build a diverse workforce in the energy industry

National Shades of Green conference coming to Portland will explore strategies for recruitment and multicultural outreach.

'Zero energy,' countless benefits

In a first for Lake Oswego, Antonini family's new home produces more power than it uses and provides a healthier space

Energy company pitches biofuel plant

NEXT Energy wants to develop 80-acre site near Port Westward, hire 210 people

EarthTalk: Dogs like classical music but not heavy metal

Dear EarthTalk: Do animals respond to or enjoy music recorded or played live by humans?- Jane W., Herndon, VA

MHCC helping the environment one rain garden at a time

The college is improving conditions for salmon, the watershed and the 1.5 miles of creek on campus

'Living with Fire' in the Columbia River Gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge hosts forum to discuss recovery from the Eagle Creek fire and how to build resilience for…

Wyden: FEMA should pay to shelter wildfire smoke refugees

Sen. Ron Wyden introduced the Clean Air Refugee Assistance Act of 2018 on August 28.

Gresham sustainability program rebrands

Gresham Green Business offers simpler message, same services after new name and logo

National climate action day celebrated locally at Portland…

Oregon Just Transition Alliance hosts event at Glenhaven Park on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8

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Prohibiting plastic bags lacks traction in Estacada

Store managers say plastic bags are popular with customers, City Council has not discussed them

Oregon scores well for greenest colleges in nation

Oregon State University, University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College rank among the nation's top 20 Cool Schools by…

Portland joins world commitment to make all buildings…

City pledge is part of C40 movement of major cities that are leading the charge on the climate crisis while many national…

Bear(s) in mind ...

Growing bear-human contact in mountain area sparks need for knowledge, safe practices

City's smallest community garden grows on Division Street

The garden plot was created by Joshua Ryan and Leah Meijer, the owner of Artifact Creative Recycle.

SLIDESHOW: Time for a test drive

Lake Oswego residents explore a variety of electric vehicles at an EV Fair on Sunday

Portland's public park spending is still quite high

UPDATE: Trust for Public Land praises city's investment, even as City Council cuts Parks budget.

Recycling crisis prompts closure of two depots used by public

Pending closure of two Far West Recycling depots highlights lack of remaining options for harder-to-recycle plastic items

EARTHTALK: Record Heat Waves the New Normal Under Grip of…

Dear EarthTalk: With all the crazy heat waves around the world this summer, how could anyone still claim that climate change isn't anything to worry…

State treasurer plans local summit on sustainable investing

Tobias Read invites state and national investment experts for session next month in Portland.

Dan Holladay's re-election bid has new hope for Willamette Falls

Incumbent Oregon City mayor promises more timely progress on project to redevelop former Blue Heron paper mill

For Bill Gaffi, it's been a water world

General manager of Clean Water Services retires Aug. 31 after 24 years, and a professional career going back 47 years.

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Hazardous waste company charges its rival with excessive mercury…

TDX, in new report, says regulators are going too easy on ChemWaste, owned by Waste Management.

Forest burn ban ignored by some

National education team patrols woods spreading word of fire restrictions in place

Nature through a cultural lens

Native American youth help kick off a Tryon Creek environmental education program grounded in the traditions of local tribes

Wildfire Smoke Means Smaller Newborns And More ER Visits

Fire seasons are now 105 days longer in the western U.S. than they were in the 1970s. And longer wildfire seasons means more smoke pouring into…

Salmon-Safe IPA fest makes ripples

Beer ingredients come from farms working to protect watersheds; it takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 at Hopworks Urban Brewery's location on Southeast…

Cities consider ban on single-use plastic bags

Fairview mayor Ted Tosterud leads local charge to phase out plastic bags in three cities.

Estacada trail receives attention from volunteers

Group rebuilds stairs on 100-yard section of Maple Ridge path at Milo McIver State Park

Organizers plan Johnson Creek cleanup

Last year, volunteers removed 5.3 tons of trash from habitat between Milwaukie and Gresham

Public depot for recycling closing

Far West Recycling to close its Southeast Portland facility the same day it closes its Lake Oswego one.

Next city challenge to boost bicycling: better parking

Proposed new standards would require accessible, safe, well-lit and dry facilities in new developments.

Salmonberry Trail gaining traction

Work has actually started on future segments of the ambitious Banks-to-Tillamook trail project.

Far West recycling yard in Lake Oswego to shut down

Rising costs, global changes will force struggling recycling center to close Sept. 23

Wyden joins criticism of WestRock

The ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee pens a letter asking the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to keep an eye on the…

Despite rosy market, Camas facilities closed for good

Pulp and copy-papermaking equipment to be demolished by Georgia-Pacific, in another local example of a company seemingly bent on eliminating supply,…

Paper mills suitors get no reaction to purchase offers

WestRock, which owns a paper mill in Newberg that could help revive Oregon's curbside recycling program, says it's in no hurry to sell shuttered mill

ECOTHOUGHTS: Why I buy organic

Do you gulp at the high price of produce made without chemical pesticides? Do it for the soil, if nothing else.

EARTHTALK: Employee incentives to live greener

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways that companies are encouraging or incentivizing employees to live greener and promote sustainability?- Jane…

Event invites participants to clean the Clackamas River

Boaters, divers and other volunteers will hunt for trash during annual event in September

Test results expected soon on algae scum found in Willamette…

Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational health advisory from Ross Island lagoon all the way downstream to Cathedral Park.

Restoration work on Sauvie Island continues

Crews install foundation for new bridge to be installed along Reeder Road later this year; work to improve connectivity of Sturgeon Lake

Health authority lifts precautionary advisory for Ross Island…

State agency says algae spotted in the area is not producing toxic bacteria, but will be monitored.

Clean Water Services names general manager

Diane Taniguchi-Dennis moves up from deputy to top spot on Sept. 1 after retirement of Bill Gaffi, who has served 24 years.

China retaliates against Trump by slapping tariff on recyclables

Announcement will make it harder for Oregon recycling sector to export metals, plastic and paper to China.

Tribes seek probe of dioxin in The Dalles

Four Indian nations seek DEQ investigation at Superfund site where railroad ties are treated with creosote, according to Cascadia Times.

Groups seek more protection for marbled murrelet

Conservation nonprofits sue state wildlife commission for failing to protect the imperiled seabird.

Harmful algae bloom spotted at Ross Island Lagoon

Oregon Health Authority is studying water samples, but issued advisory to avoid active water sports in area and refrain from drinking the water

Disability advocates support limits on plastic straws

United Spinal Association, Disability Rights Oregon support reduction strategy for plastic utensils.

Where to see gorge waterfalls

Fire damage forced closure of many popular hikes along the Columbia River, but a new guide is available to help you plan your treks.

State rebates for electrified vehicles approved

Oregon Supreme Court approves on-the-spot payments of up to $5,000 to encourage the sale of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Two men charged with cutting down more than 30 trees in Lake…

In addition to criminal charges, the suspects also face civil penalties for cutting down the trees on private property in February without…

Court voids partial sale of Elliott State Forest land

Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that Oregon should not have sold off a chunk of land four years ago.

Everything neutral

Green Hammer builds a winery tasting room to Living Building Challenge standards - one of only 21 certified buildings in the world

Railroad tie treatment plant in The Dalles proposes settlement…

Cascadia Times piece says AmeriTies creosote plant offers $1.25 million plus $250,000 and lawyer fees, but nothing for health impacts.

Starting in 2020, many businesses must keep food out of the…

Portland-area regional government in charge of solid waste adopts ordinance requiring recycling of food scraps, a prelude to converting it to…

Wilsonville disputes DEQ mandates

DEQ agrees to renegotiate water quality permit after city pushes back against mecury limits in discharge water

Court decision means Portland can sharply restrict fossil fuel…

Oregon Supreme Court declines to review appeals court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of city ordinance.

Lawsuit accuses feds of neglecting threatened bull trout

Northwest Environmental Advocates sues EPA, Fish and Wildlife Service, for not protecting the species from toxic pollutants.

Help nurture area's undiscovered urban waterway

Annual volunteer clean-up of Johnson Creek slated for August 25; signups available now.

DEQ fines Happy Valley subdivision developer

State officials discover Scouters Mountain LLC had been discharging muddy or turbid stormwater into streams

OSU researchers: Use projected sea level rise as gauge for…

Study suggests policy makers ask what level of sea level rise is reasonable, and then limit greenhouse gas emissions accordingly.

EarthTalk: Wildlife evolves, thanks to hunting

Dear EarthTalk: Are modern-day hunting practices having any noticeable evolutionary or behavioral effects on wildlife populations?- Bill Cochrane,…

Everything neutral

Green Hammer builds a winery tasting room to Living Building Challenge standards - one of only 21 certified buildings in the world

Dog owners more likely to hit fitness benchmarks

Dog owners are 54 percent more likely to get physical activity on a day-to-day basis.

It's summer, time to deeply water your trees

Don't forget to broadly soak your conifers and decidious trees during hot weather.

Soil your undies

Local farmers, gardeners try new way to test soil health in gardens and agricultural businesses

EcoTips: Driving Less

Advice from the Center for Earth Leadership on how to live gently and take care of the planet

Police remove 'safety hazard' on Springwater Corridor

A perplexing incident was reported near milepost 6.5 on the Springwater Trail on July 21.

Port wants to move Willamette River sediment to Hayden Island

Public meeting slated on the island by the Department of Environmental Quality so the community can weigh in

Portlanders getting utility discounts aren't doing what they…

Audit finds 8 of 15 residents getting Clean River Rewards didn't disconnect their downspouts as promised or are sending stormwater into the street

Campfire ban in place at all Oregon state parks

The prohibition applies to wood, charcoal and other flames at campgrounds and shoreline areas.

Mitigating the migration

Grand Ronde tribes are working to revitalize the Pacific lamprey population

Biketown use continues to grow

Bike share service celebrates second year of operations in close-in Portland neighborhoods.


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