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Cassandra Profita


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.

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Recent Articles

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Court Orders More Spill Over Columbia River Dams In 2018

OPB/EarthFix | March 27, 2017 4:30 p.m.

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.

Environment | Energy

Volkswagen Settlement Fuels A Fight To Phase Out Dirty Old Diesel Engines

OPB/EarthFix | March 23, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Portland

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.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean

Ocean Salmon Fishery Closures Proposed To Protect Klamath River Fish

OPB/EarthFix | March 13, 2017 12:45 p.m.

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.

Environment | Climate change

Carbon Tax? Cap and Trade? Oregon Lawmakers Weigh Options For Reducing Emissions

OPB/EarthFix | March 1, 2017 5:45 p.m.

Supporters and opponents weighed in on five bills that would reduce Oregon's carbon emissions at a joint committee hearing in Salem Wednesday.

Environment | Climate change | Energy

World's Largest Methanol Plant Lands Key Permit Approval From A Washington County

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 27, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Cowlitz County has approved a key permit for a controversial methanol plant proposed on the Columbia River. Opponents plan to appeal the decision.

Forestry | Environment

Controversial Sale Of A State Forest In Oregon Moves Forward After Land Board Vote

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 14, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

Forestry | Environment

Gov. Brown Announces New Plan To Keep Elliott State Forest

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 10, 2017 3:15 p.m.

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 & Wildlife

Judge Orders More Water Releases From Klamath River Dams

OPB/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.

Environment | Climate change

Jury Fails To Reach Verdict In Case Against Oregon Climate Activist

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 1, 2017 4:30 p.m.

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.

Transportation | Environment | Climate change

Oregon Way Behind On Its Goals For Reducing Carbon Emissions: Report

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 1, 2017 3:25 p.m.

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.

Environment | Science

Trump's EPA Moves Create Uncertainty For Future Of Northwest Environmental Work

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 27, 2017 4:25 p.m. | Portland

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.  

Agriculture | Land | Environment

Federal Approval Of GM Grass Seed Sparks Outcry

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 18, 2017 4 p.m.

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.

News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

NOAA Finalizes New Plan For Columbia River Hatcheries

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 17, 2017 11:33 a.m.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a final plan Tuesday for producing hatchery fish while protecting wild fish in the Columbia River Basin.

Environment | Energy

Union Pacific Sues For Exemption To Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 11, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Union Pacific Railroad is suing Wasco County and Columbia River Gorge commissioners in an effort to push through a proposed track expansion.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Energy

Plaintiffs Call For More Court-Ordered Spill At Columbia River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 10, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Portland

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 | local

EPA Calls For $1 Billion Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

OPB/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.

Environment | Energy

Washington Leader Deals A Blow To Coal Exports On The Columbia River, Puget Sound

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 3, 2017 5:30 p.m.

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. 

Sustainability | Environment | Water

At Lyle Falls, Tribal Fishermen Carry On A Longstanding Tradition

OPB | Dec. 18, 2016 6 a.m. | Lyle, Washington

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 | local

Oregon Governor Calls For A 'Plan B' For The Elliott State Forest

OPB/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.

Environment | Water

Environmental Group Sues Over Water Pollution In Washington State

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 8, 2016 12:10 p.m.

Northwest Environmental Advocates go to court, accusing the state of Washington of failing to control water pollution along the coast and Puget Sound.