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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 | 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.

Environment | Forestry

Timber Industry Pays Linn County's Legal Bills In State Forest Lawsuit

OPB/EarthFix | July 11, 2016 3 p.m.

Court documents show the timber industry is footing the bill for Linn County’s $1.4 billion lawsuit over logging in Oregon state forests.

Environment | Energy

Lawsuit Aims To Stop Oil Spills From Grand Coulee Dam

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2016 4 p.m. | Portland

The environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over oil spills from Grand Coulee Dam.

Environment | Air

Advocates Call For Oregon To Stop Renewing Air Pollution Permits

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Clean air advocates are calling on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to stop renewing air pollution permits until new rules are in place.

Environment | Water

Legal Dispute Filed Over Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Portland

Seven companies have filed a legal dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the plans to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

North Portland Residents Complain Of Flawed Air Testing

OPB/EarthFix | June 21, 2016 7:30 a.m. | Portland

North Portland residents told state officials Monday night that air testing in their neighborhood was flawed and doesn’t address their longstanding concerns about strong paint odors.

Environment | Energy

Portland City, County Leaders Call On Governor To Help Stop Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | June 14, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Portland

Leaders with the city of Portland, Multnomah County and Columbia River tribes are urging Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to work with Congress and President Obama to permanently ban oil trains in Oregon.

Environment | Water

EPA Proposes $746M Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

OPB | June 8, 2016 12:26 p.m. | Portland

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will take 30 years and more than $746 million to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Environment | Sustainability | Health | Land use | Lead In The Water

Portland Family Faces The Reality Of A Lead-Poisoned Child

OPB/EarthFix | May 24, 2016 9 p.m.

News of toxic lead in the air and water have many parents on high alert. Lead poisoning in children can cause permanent brain damage. One Portland family is confronting that reality.

Environment | News | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Chrome Plating Company Cited For Air Pollution Violations

OPB/EarthFix | May 20, 2016 2:45 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has cited a Portland chrome plating company for three violations of air pollution rules.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Air Testing Shows Elevated Nickel, Chromium And Arsenic Near Precision Castparts

OPB/EarthFix | May 20, 2016 2:15 p.m. | Portland

Air testing near the Southeast Portland manufacturing company Precision Castparts found elevated levels of three heavy metals, but officials say there is no immediate public health threat.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Thousands Of Cormorants Abandon Their Nests On The Columbia River

OPB/EarthFix | May 19, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Officials say thousands of cormorants have abandoned their nests on an island in the Columbia River and they don’t know why.

Business | Environment | Technology | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

NW E-Cycle Programs Tested By Electronic Waste Exports

OPB/EarthFix | May 19, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Portland

News of a major Northwest recycler's illicit e-waste exports stunned state regulators and auditors, showing their limited ability to ensure e-waste is handled properly in a complex and global industry.  

News | Environment | Election | local | Politics | Water

Nestle Water Bottling Plant Backers Haven't Given Up After Ban Passes

OPB/EarthFix | May 18, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Voters in Hood River County voted Tuesday to ban commercial water bottling and block a proposed Nestle plant, but the company and its backers haven't given up.

Election | Water | Election 2016

Hood River County Voters Approve Water Bottling Ban

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

Hood River County voters have approved a ban on commercial water bottling, blocking  Nestle's proposed bottling plant in Cascade Locks.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Protesters Call For Feds To Stop Killing Cormorants

OPB/EarthFix | May 17, 2016 4 p.m.

Dozens of protesters rallied outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Portland Tuesday. They’re calling for federal officials to stop killing cormorants on the Columbia River.