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Salmonberry Trail gaining traction

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

Wyden joins criticism of WestRock

The ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee pens a letter asking the Department of Justice and Federal Trade…

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…

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…

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…

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

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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…

Health authority lifts precautionary advisory for Ross…

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

China retaliates against Trump by slapping tariff on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

In addition to criminal charges, the suspects also face civil penalties for cutting down the trees on private property in…

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…

Railroad tie treatment plant in The Dalles proposes…

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

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…

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…

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…

EarthTalk: Wildlife evolves, thanks to hunting

Dear EarthTalk: Are modern-day hunting practices having any noticeable evolutionary or behavioral effects on wildlife…

Everything neutral

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

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…

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…

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

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.

WILSONVILLE LEARNS LESSONS FROM CYANOTOXIN 'NEAR MISS'

City is beefing up its emergency management policies for its drinking water system

Mandate to expand food scraps recycling comes up for testimony…

Metro Council will conduct public hearing on mandatory food waste collection for various food service businesses.

City rezone seeks to protect 3,000 families in mobile home parks

Fifty-six manufactured home parks would get special zoning, making it harder to redevelop the properties for other uses and uproot homeowners.

EARTHTALK: Pesticide Drift Takes Its Toll

Dear EarthTalk: As a member of Joe Public, is it possible to monitor pesticide levels when my neighboring farmer sprays his fields? I have wild bees…

6,000 dunk in Willamette River for the 'Big Float 8'

Human Access Project urges residents to take a dip on Saturday, July 14 at Poet's Beach.

Lennar to pay $200K to 'mitigate' Jennings Lodge development

Feds don't step in to save old-growth trees, historic buildings at controversial 72-home development

Company says it can fill void in Oregon electronics recycling

URT, which has a plant in Clackamas, says it will add a second shift to recycle TVs, computers and other electronics no longer needed by Oregonians,…

Company says it can fill void in Oregon electronics recycling

URT, which has a plant in Clackamas, says it will add a second shift to recycle TVs, computers and other electronics no longer needed by Oregonians,…

DEQ issues big fine against asbestos removal company

Agency finds Oregon Environmental LLC committed more than 100 safety and other violations; company loses license to practice in field here.

City seeks to thwart redevelopment of mobile and manufactured…

Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to create new manufactured dwelling park zone for more than 50 parks; plan now goes to City Council for…

Sustainable policies mesh with economic opportunities

Company that makes environmentally friendly packaging hosts research vessel visit to OMSI

EARTHTALK: Artificial Intelligence: The Answer to Our…

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used to fight climate change and otherwise protect the environment? -David…

City ready for electric scooter applications to roll in

It's the first time an Oregon city has sought permits for electric scooters, which are popping up in dozens of cities around the country.

Sea lion activity puts tribal fishing traditions at risk

'It makes us really worried about what's going to happen long-term for the steelhead.'

'Above average' risk as fire season heats up

Sen. Ron Wyden issues warning after May, 2018, noted to be the warmest ever recorded in U.S.

Portland Clean Energy Fund doubles signatures needed for…

The campaign for a city initiative announced more than 60,000 petition names were collected to put measure before voters this fall.

Float down the Willamette River with a few (thousand) friends

The Big Float is coming July 14. Join Portlanders as they cruise along downtown atop inner tubes.

Crews to improve habitat at Oaks Bottom

Four-month project begins to improve conditions for salmon, birds and other species at urban wildlife refuge north of Sellwood.

High costs underpower electric vehicle surge

Chevy Bolt touted as most affordable, but it's all relative, and advocates say public incentives are still needed.

State imposes new water testing rules in wake of algae blooms

About 150 to 200 water systems in the state may be affected by the new rules, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

ADUs often more affordable, except when short-term rentals

Portland State University survey provides new insights about fast-growing residential trend in the city.

Investing in the environment

Oregon BEST rebrands as VertueLab and announces new strategy after 10 years in Portland.

Bill expanding sea lion killing passes U.S. House

Rep. Kurt Schrader warns winter steelhead face 90% extinction risk in Willamette River.

EARTHTALK: What are the environmental merits of app-based ride…

Dear EarthTalk: Is ridesharing via companies like Uber and Lyft good or bad for the environment overall?- Jeff Timotheos, Akron, OH

A Baby Boom Is Helping West Coast Starfish Recover

The species was depleted by disease, but there are signs starfish are coming back.

New Novick job has political overtones

Philanthopic funds pay ex-Commissioner Steve Novick $146,196 a year to help Oregon DOJ fight Trump.

Groups bid to halt destruction of Oregon's marten population

Two population centers remain in state for Humboldt subspecies; less than 200 are left.

New car2go installations favor bike-lovers

Portland residents can now use a short-term car rental to take bicycle trips.

City council considers fate of bottle redemption center

Neighbors object to location in the former Pier 1 Imports store, but planning staff determines it it 'substantially similar' to other commercial uses…

Do your part to clean up fireworks debris

Four beach cleanups organized by SOLVE for July 5 on the Oregon and Washington coasts.

ReachNow to include bike carriers

The short-term car rentals company will start offering them on MINI Coopers in Portland.

EARTHTALK: Reviving bee population

Dear EarthTalk: What can I do to help bees back from massive die-offs in recent years?-Bill Gorman, Albuquerque, NM

Tree census continues in Portland's public parks

Tree Inventory Project heads to Gabriel Park on Saturday, June 23 in the Multnomah Village area.

Street of Dreams to feature a tiny house

Proceeds of home sale will benefit Oregon benefits, with costs of the project donated.

Novick hired as environmental specialist at Oregon justice…

The NYU State Impact Center selected the department of the two-year grant-funded position in December.

A forest full of food

Winslow Food Forest will host classes on creating food forests in urban settings.

Bee friendly, join pollinator celebration

Nonprofits team with Portland garden center to promote pollinator awareness.

More ride services, more congestion?

Portland is launching a study of how Uber and Lyft contribute to the city's increasingly clogged traffic, but studies and anecdotal data show they…

Go electric: State launches website to promote EVs

Transportation has been a sore point in state efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and greater use of electric vehicles can help fulfill state…

Mayor and River Hugger Swim Team trek across the Willamette River

The Human Access Project kicks off Willamette River swim season with Mayor Ted Wheeler

Mayor wants to restrict plastic straws

City Council to consider resolution sponsored by Ted Wheeler on Wednesday directing city bureau to devise strategy for reducing use of plastic straws.

Columbia Gorge trails reopen

Visitors urged to use extra caution while hiking in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

To the top! Portland hosts tree climbing competition

International Society of Arboriculture hosts TCC at Irving Park on Saturday, June 16 in Portland.

EARTHTALK Apple scores well in review of greener Electronics…

Dear EarthTalk: How do the big gadget-making companies (Apple, Samsung, etc.) stack up these days regarding their environmental footprint?-Doug…

Visiting cattle mowing the lawn in pilot project

Cows helping weed while they graze at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island

County develops environmental health program

Three employees needed to fill out new program within Public Health Department

Sandy River Gorge preservation party

Oregon Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers to help with restoration project.

Farm groups question beehivesto justify solar panels on ag land

A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon's Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists.

Chinese company also wants to restart Newberg paper mill

Mill could provide a market for Oregon's recycled paper now languishing in recycling centers; in a turnaround, owner now says it might sell to a new…

Edlen committed to sustainability

Mark Edlen reflects on evolution of sustainable development, growing role of social equity.

Destruction of mill appears imminent

Westrock puts conditions on potential sale that require buyer to destroy equipment critical to future operations

Trump plan to force subsidies for coal plants would raise rates

In Senate hearing, Oregon's Ron Wyden elicits testimony from Trump energy regulator that rates could rise $32 billion or more nationally.

Xerces Society expands by uniting with Bee City USA

Portland-based conservation group will incorporate Bee City USA into its work, creating momentum in the pollinator movement.

Let PGE control your thermostat(you'll save energy and money)

Program designed to allow utility company reduce electricity use during peak hours.

Taking inventory along the Clackamas River

Volunteers to catalog plants and animals that call Milo McIver park home during upcoming event

Japanese beetle infestation eradication

The Japanese beetle eradication plan for Washington County has brought controversy from some Hillsboro residents.

¡Explorando at Thomas Cully Park!

Learn about the Columbia Slough watershed and help support a new park at this family-friendly event.

Investigation probes health and environmental impacts from…

Blacks are more vulnerable to breathing creosote fumes because of genetic makeup, report notes.

EarthTalk: Green pet burials

My vet tells me my 18-year-old cat is nearing the end of her life and I'm wondering what my options are for a green-friendly burial?-Sandy Monroe,…

The art of recycling and reusing

Learn about reducing, reusing and recycling this Sunday at Reuse-A-Palooza.

Preserve the Wonder campaign ends on high note

Friends of the Columbia Gorge raise enough to buy and protect seven prized parcels in gorge; campaign also elicits donation of eighth site.

 

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