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 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.
local | Environment | Water | NewsOPB/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.
local | Environment | Forestry | NewsOPB/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.
Communities | local | Environment | News | Battle ReadyOPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon | Portland
Portland's WWII shipbuilding gave way to shipbreaking and environmental consequences extending well beyond the war years. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to revive the flagging timber economy across the Northwest. That has towns in the Timber Belt cheering while environmental groups prepare for a fight.
Portland climate activists have transformed an old school bus into a shelter and medical facility for oil pipeline protesters at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.
local | Environment | Water | News | Lead In The WaterOPB | Nov. 9, 2016 noon
Testing has found elevated lead levels in the tap water at 14 homes in the Portland metropolitan area. Officials say the lead is is coming from old plumbing inside individual homes.
Opponents of a methanol plant proposed in Kalama, Washington, are challenging the environmental review of the project.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is promising “sweeping change” from the new state air pollution rule-making process now underway.
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.
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."
The White House is honoring Oregon trawl fisherman Brad Pettinger for his environmental leadership.