Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger.
She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.
Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.
A judge has ordered federal agencies to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, though not until next year after testing.
The Northwest is in line to receive millions of dollars through a settlement with Volkswagen Group. Some say that money could help crack down on old diesel trucks, buses and construction equipment.
The West Coast is on track for a meager and potentially disastrous salmon season, with severe cutbacks proposed for fisheries from the central Oregon coast down into northern California.
Supporters and opponents weighed in on five bills that would reduce Oregon's carbon emissions at a joint committee hearing in Salem Wednesday.
Cowlitz County has approved a key permit for a controversial methanol plant proposed on the Columbia River. Opponents plan to appeal the decision.
Two new members of Oregon’s State Land Board voted Tuesday to move forward with the controversial sale of the Elliott State Forest despite opposition from Gov. Kate Brown.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a new plan Friday that would keep the Elliott State Forest in public ownership by borrowing money on the bond market.
News | Environment | Water | Fish & WildlifeOPB/EarthFix | Feb. 8, 2017 3:38 p.m.
A ruling released Wednesday says additional water is needed on the Klamath River to flush out parasites causing deadly disease outbreaks in salmon.
A Washington jury failed to reach a verdict Wednesday on whether to convict climate activist Ken Ward for breaking into and shutting off an oil pipeline in Burlington, Washington.
In a new report, the Oregon Global Warming Commission says the state is not expected to come within striking distance of its 2020 or 2050 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
A temporary freeze on grants and a halt on communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has left Northwest tribes, state agencies and nonprofits uncertain about the future.
A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate a genetically modified grass seed has raised concerns about contamination in Oregon’s billion-dollar grass seed industry.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a final plan Tuesday for producing hatchery fish while protecting wild fish in the Columbia River Basin.
Union Pacific Railroad is suing Wasco County and Columbia River Gorge commissioners in an effort to push through a proposed track expansion.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit over dams in the Columbia River Basin are asking the court to order federal agencies to spill more water over the dams this spring to help threatened and endangered fish.
News | Environment | Water | localOPB/EarthFix | Jan. 6, 2017 1:02 p.m. | Portland
In a final plan released Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised the price of cleaning up pollution at the Portland Harbor Superfund site from $746 million to $1.05 billion.
The Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands is denying a sublease request for a coal export project in Longview and expanding an aquatic reserve in Puget Sound where another coal terminal was proposed.
At Lyle Falls, Washington’s Klickitat River rushes toward the Columbia River Gorge. It’s one of a few places where members of the Yakama Tribe still fish from scaffolds using dip nets.
Forestry | News | Environment | localOPB/EarthFix | Dec. 13, 2016 3:31 p.m.
At a meeting of the Oregon State Land Board Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown called for using state bonding authority in a new proposal for managing the Elliott State Forest.
Northwest Environmental Advocates go to court, accusing the state of Washington of failing to control water pollution along the coast and Puget Sound.