EarthFix/OPB Reporter

Cassandra Profita

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: Liquefied natural gas imports, then LNG exports, followed by coal exports and crude oil shipping. Meanwhile, she's kept close tabs on salmon recovery efforts, dam management and fisheries. As OPB's Ecotrope blogger, Cassandra added a focus on urban sustainability to her beat with posts on everyday pollutants, bee die-offs, electric cars, urban chickens and even a homeless goat herd.

She grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. 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.

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Recent Articles

Pacific Ocean | Environment

Northwest Faces Greater Risks From Acidifying Waters

OPB | Feb. 23, 2015 5 p.m.

The Pacific Northwest faces a higher risk of economic harm from ocean acidification than other parts of the country, according to a new study.


Oregon Senate Votes To Extend Low-Carbon Fuels Program Despite Link To Ethics Scandal

OPB | Feb. 17, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The Oregon Senate votes to extend the state's low-carbon fuel program despite objections from Republicans that the plan is tainted by the ethics scandal embroiling Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Corps Finalizes Plan To Kill Thousands Of Columbia River Cormorants

OPB | Feb. 6, 2015 4:01 p.m. | Portland

A final cormorant management plan released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calls for the killing of around 26,000 birds to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.

Climate change | Energy | Environment

Oregon Bill Would Eliminate Coal-Fired Power By 2025

OPB | Feb. 2, 2015 3:39 p.m.

A bill in the Oregon Legislature this session would require electric companies to stop delivering coal-fired power to Oregon customers by 2025.

Energy | Environment

Now That Growing Pot Is Legal, Can It Also Be More Energy Efficient?

OPB | Jan. 28, 2015 1:39 p.m. | Portland

Marijuana growing operations can be major power hogs. Now that they're legal in Oregon and Washington, experts are looking for ways to make them more energy efficient.

Climate change | Communities | Environment

Portland Brewery Puts Low-Carbon Beer On Tap

OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 11:57 a.m. | Portland

We can't drink our way out of climate change. But a Portland brewery has managed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with drinking a beer in first low-carbon brew, the Little Foot Red.

Water | Business | Environment

Oregon Water Treatment Company Wants To Turn Sewer Water Into Beer

OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 1:24 p.m. | Portland

Hillsboro-based Clean Water Services has asked the state of Oregon for permission to turn its purified wastewater into beer.

Climate change | Environment

How Climate Change Poses A Risk To National Security

OPB | Jan. 21, 2015 5:23 p.m.

In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama argued the United States should act forcefully to combat climate change – and not just for the sake of the planet.

Business | Energy | Environment

Portland Now Generating Hydropower In Its Water Pipes

OPB | Jan. 20, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

A Portland start-up has tapped the city's water pipes as a new source of renewable hydropower that doesn't disrupt fish migration or stream flows.


Former Assistant To Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks In Portland

OPB | Jan. 19, 2015 12:09 p.m. | Portland

A former assistant to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Portland Monday at a breakfast honoring the famous civil rights leader.

Energy | Environment

Survey Finds Oregon Fire Departments Not Equipped For Oil Train Accident

OPB | Jan. 15, 2015 5:30 p.m.

A survey by the Oregon State Fire Marshal found 81 percent of the state's fire departments don't have the equipment needed to respond to an oil train accident.

Energy | Environment

Opponents Ask Portland To Reject Propane Export Terminal

OPB | Jan. 13, 2015 4 p.m. | Portland

Hundreds of people attended a Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission Tuesday as the board considered a zoning decision for a controversial propane export terminal.

Water | Environment

Low Snowfall This Year Offers A Preview Of Warmer Climate To Come

OPB | Jan. 9, 2015 4:19 p.m.

Snow levels way below normal are driving Northwest skiers and snowshoers to higher slopes. Scientists say it's the kind of winder we can expect to see more often with climate change.

Energy | Environment

New Oregon Rules Require 10 Percent Cleaner Fuels

OPB | Jan. 7, 2015 6:28 p.m.

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission adopt new rules that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Feds Consider Endangered Species Listing For Monarch Butterfly

OPB | Dec. 29, 2014 3:53 p.m.

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing the status of the iconic monarch butterfly to determine whether the species should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Communities | Environment

Oregon Expands Its Electronics Recycling Program

OPB | Dec. 29, 2014 1 a.m.

Starting Jan. 1, Oregon e-waste collection facilities will start accepting computer keyboards and mice and printers for recycling.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Conservation Group Collects Christmas Trees For Salmon Habitat

OPB | Dec. 24, 2014 1 a.m.

A Portland-area conservation group collects used Christmas trees and turns them into salmon habitat. The group will be collecting trees on three Saturdays in January.

Communities | Environment

Portland Regional Government Approves Climate Strategy

OPB | Dec. 18, 2014 5:41 p.m.

Portland's regional government approved a climate strategy Thursday that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the metro area by 29 percent over 20 years.

Energy | Environment

Appeals Court Finds No Bias In Commissioner's Oregon LNG Vote

OPB | Dec. 18, 2014 9:48 a.m.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed the finding of a state appeals board that Clatsop County Commissioner Peter Huhtala was biased and unfit to vote on a land-use permit for the Oregon LNG pipeline.

Water | Environment

Scientists Report Rare Sightings Of Tropical Species Off West Coast

OPB | Dec. 17, 2014 4:55 p.m.

Scientists surveying whales and dolphins on the West Coast have discovered unusual species of birds and marine mammals far north of their normal ranges.