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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 | Energy

Opponents Challenge Environmental Review Of Kalama Methanol Plant

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 20, 2016 12:15 p.m.

Opponents of a methanol plant proposed in Kalama, Washington, are challenging the environmental review of the project.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Gov. Brown Promises 'Sweeping Change' From New Air Pollution Rules

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is promising “sweeping change” from the new state air pollution rule-making process now underway.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Building A Better Birdhouse: Creating Shelter For Swifts As Old Chimneys Disappear

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 8:30 a.m. | Albany, Oregon

Vaux's swifts are losing their roosting habitat as old chimneys get demolished. Bird advocates are testing out a homemade replacement in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Move Toward Recovery

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 13, 2016 6:45 a.m.

After nearly 50 years on the endangered species list, the Columbian white-tailed deer are moving up in the world. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is upgrading their status to "threatened."

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Sustainability | Fish & Wildlife

White House Honors Oregon Man For Helping Make Fishing More Sustainable

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 7, 2016 6:50 a.m.

The White House is honoring Oregon trawl fisherman Brad Pettinger  for his environmental leadership.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Governor’s Advisor Tapped to Lead Environmental Agency For Now

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 4, 2016 4:15 p.m.

Richard Whitman is Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's natural resource policy director. But soon he will become the interim director of the troubled Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Environment | Recreation | Communities

New Route Reconnects Timberline Trail Around Mount Hood

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2016 9:30 p.m. | Portland

For the past decade, hikers on the Timberline Trail have had to contend with a hazardous gap in the 40-mile loop around Mount Hood. Now, those days are gone.

Environment | Energy

More Rail Congestion And Noise Among Impacts Of Longview Coal Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Train traffic congestion and railroad noise are two of the major impacts of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export project in Longview, Washington, according to the latest environmental review.

Environment | Energy

Environmental Risks Identified For Grays Harbor Oil Terminal

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Regulators say an oil terminal proposed for a coastal Washington state harbor poses several environmental problems.

Environment | Energy | Climate change

Environmental Groups Rally For More Fossil Fuel Restrictions In Portland

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Portland

Climate activists say the city of Portland’s proposal to ban "bulk" fossil fuel terminals isn’t restrictive enough. They're calling for a ban on all fossil fuel terminals.

Environment | Sustainability

Catio Tour Promotes Safe Backyard Habitat For Cats and Birds

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 13, 2016 10:01 a.m. | Portland

More than 1,200 people signed up for this year's tour of Portland's catios – enclosed outdoor patios that aim to protect both cats and backyard wildlife.

Environment | News | Animals | NW Life

BLM Drops Plan To Surgically Sterilize Wild Horses In SE Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 9, 2016 2:15 p.m.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dropped plans to surgically sterilize more than 200 wild mares at a facility in southeast Oregon.

Environment | local | News | Water

Portland Says Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan Strikes The Right Balance

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 5, 2016 3:38 p.m. | Portland

Leaders with the city of Portland say the $746 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site isn't perfect, but it's good enough to move forward.

News | Nation | Health | Politics

Wyden Says EpiPen Maker May Owe Taxpayers Money

OPB | Sept. 5, 2016 2:07 p.m. | Portland

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says the maker of the allergy drug EpiPen may owe taxpayers a lot of money for failing to reimburse Medicaid properly over the past decade.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Court Rules Corps Can Continue Killing Cormorants

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 1, 2016 6 p.m.

A federal district court judge found the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke the law in approving a plan to kill cormorants on the Columbia River, but he allowed the plan to go forward.

Environment | Forestry

Fungal Disease Grows Among Douglas Fir Trees On Oregon Coast

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 19, 2016 3:45 p.m.

A new survey finds a growing number of Douglas fir trees in the Oregon Coast Range have been infected over the past decade with the fungal disease known as Swiss needle cast.

Environment | Forestry | Communities

Restoration Work Begins On Historic Kitchen At Oregon's Hebo Lake

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 10, 2016 4:15 p.m.

A national preservation group's first Northwest project is at the South Oregon Coast's Hebo Lake, where volunteers will soon begin restoring a historic community kitchen built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Environment | Forestry | Climate change

Drought, Climate Change Slow Growth Of Douglas Fir Forests: Study

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 9, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

A new study finds the West is likely to see slower-growing Douglas fir trees in the future, as temperatures and droughts increase with climate change.

Environment | Forestry

Wyden Wants Trade Restrictions On Flow of Cheap Canadian Lumber

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 3, 2016 3 p.m. | Portland

As the U.S. and Canada renegotiate an expired trade agreement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for restrictions on Canadian lumber exports to the U.S.

Environment | Sustainability | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

In Portland, Earthquake Drill Underscores A Need For Volunteers

OPB/EarthFix | July 12, 2016 2:24 p.m. | Portland

Communities across the Northwest simulated their response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. One of the takeaways in Portland was that first responders are going to need backup.