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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 | Agriculture | Land

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

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.

Energy | Environment

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.

Energy | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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.

local | Environment | Water | News

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.

Energy | Environment

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. 

Water | Environment | Sustainability

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.

local | Environment | Forestry | News

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.

Water | Environment

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.

Communities | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News | Science | Forestry | Air | Land | Health | History | Water | Land use

Battle Ready

OPB/EarthFix | Dec. 1, 2016 noon

The secret history of the U.S. military’s environmental legacy in the Northwest.

Communities | local | Environment | News | Battle Ready

Portland’s Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

OPB/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.

Environment | Forestry

Trump Victory Has Northwest Timber Towns Cheering

OPB | Nov. 16, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Riddle, Oregon

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.

Oregon Field Guide

Vaux's Swift Chimneys

OPB | Nov. 17, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Vaux's swifts put on dazzling displays as they funnel into old chimneys to roost for the night as seen at Portland's Chapman School every fall. But those chimneys are coming down.

Energy | Environment | Sustainability

Portland Climate Activists Prepare Medical Bus For Standing Rock Protesters

OPB/EarthFix | Nov. 9, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Portland

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 Water

Widespread Water Tests Find 14 Portland Homes With Elevated Lead

OPB | 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.

Energy | Environment

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

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."

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Sustainability

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.