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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

Q&A: What Does Genetically Modified Salmon Mean For The Northwest?

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 19, 2015 2:20 p.m. | Portland

The Food and Drug Administration approves the first genetically modified salmon as safe for human consumption. Here are the answers to some key questions about these fish.

News | Environment | Forestry | Fish & Wildlife

Logging Limits Added Along Streams In Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 5, 2015 7:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Board of Forestry voted 4-3 Thursday to add logging restrictions along streams in the western part of the state.

News | Environment | Energy | Politics | local

Portland City Council Votes To Oppose Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 4, 2015 2:16 p.m.

The Portland City Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to oppose all projects that would increase the number of oil trains traveling through the metro area.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Feds Release Plan For Recovering Snake River Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 2, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday released a draft plan for recovering threatened Snake River fall chinook salmon.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Recommends Removing Wolves From Endangered Species List

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 29, 2015 11:13 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has formally recommended removing gray wolves from the state endangered species list. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote on the recommendation Nov. 9.

Environment | Energy

Officials Delay Environmental Review Of Millenium Coal Export Project

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 15, 2015 3:45 p.m.

On Thursday, Washington officials announced a delay in the environmental review of the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export terminal on the Columbia River.

Land use | Environment | Politics | Animals | Oregon Field Guide

Cormorant vs. Salmon

OPB | Oct. 15, 2015 midnight

Thousands of cormorants are to be killed because they eat so many salmon.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Ballot Measure Would Ban Endangered Wildlife Trafficking

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 5:45 p.m. | Portland

A new group has launched a ballot measure campaign to ban endangered species trafficking in Oregon as a way to discourage poaching overseas.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Reach Recovery Milestone

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 5, 2015 midnight | Portland

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downgrade the protected status of Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened.

Environment | Water

Diesel Spills Into Columbia After Ship Hits Astoria Pier

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2015 5:45 p.m.

The Coast Guard says a diesel spill in the Columbia River is being cleaned up after a cargo ship leaked more than 1,000 gallons of fuel Friday.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Plan For Recovering Bull Trout Takes Effect

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan for bringing back the declining bull trout in five western states. But conservationists say it won't actually restore the fish's population.

Climate change | Water | Environment

Northwest Drought Likely To Extend Into 2016

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 24, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

With many streams and reservoirs still below normal across Oregon and Washington and a warm winter on tap, experts are predicting another year of drought for the region in 2016.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Killing Seabirds To Save Salmon On The Columbia

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 26, 2015 noon

Using rifles with silencers under the cover of night, government officials have killed 158 cormorants on an island in the Columbia River in a controversial effort to save salmon.

Environment | Energy

Portland's Hydropower In A Pipe Attracts Global Interest

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 17, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Portland

A renewable energy project in Portland has cities across the globe taking a closer look at their water pipes. It's a hydropower system that draws power from drinking water as it makes its way to the tap.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Conservationists Say Feds Ignored Evidence That Killing Cormorants Won't Save Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 12, 2015 10:45 a.m.

Conservation groups are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of withholding research showing a federal plan to kill seabirds on the Columbia River would not actually benefit salmon and steelhead.

News | Environment | local

Shell Icebreaker Clears Protest Blockade, Leaves Portland

OPB/EarthFix | July 30, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Portland

The Shell icebreaker, Fennica, has cleared the St. Johns Bridge and has moved past the protestor blockade to continue on the Willamette River.

News | Environment | local

Shell Icebreaker Retreats After Morning Showdown

OPB | July 29, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Portland, Oregon

Environmental activists on St. Johns Bridge have been blocking the icebreaker from heading to the Arctic for a drill operation. 

Sustainability | Climate change | Environment

Where Are Portland's Hottest, Most Polluted Areas?

OPB/EarthFix | July 29, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland

As summers in the Northwest get hotter with climate change, researchers and planners are looking for ways to reduce the health risks in urban hot spots. In Portland, a new map could help.

Climate change | Environment

Gov. Inslee Seeks A Cap On Washington's Carbon

OPB/EarthFix | July 28, 2015 1:45 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday directed the state Department of Ecology to put a cap on carbon emissions by stepping up enforcement of existing pollution laws.

Environment | Energy

Key Piece Of Shell's Arctic Drilling Fleet Headed To Portland For Repairs

OPB/EarthFix | July 14, 2015 2:45 p.m.

A damaged icebreaker that's essential to Shell Oil Company's controversial plans to drill in the Arctic this summer is scheduled to be repaired at a shipyard in Portland.