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Aug. 21, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Bandon Residents "Held Hostage In Their Homes" By Mosquitoes

My latest story for EarthFix: A restoration project in Bandon Marsh created new habitat for salmon and shorebirds, but it also created a new breeding ground for mosquitoes. Local residents are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to control the swarms that are keeping them indoors despite beautiful summer weather.

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Filed under: Environment, Water, Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge


July 05, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

A New Record: 620 People Float In A Line On The Willamette River

Floating hand in hand, 620 people formed a U-shaped line on the Willamette River in downtown Portland Friday morning.

They unofficially set a new world record, topping the 542 people who floated in a line in Viareggio, Italy in 2008.

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Filed under: Environment, Water, Willamette River


July 01, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Willamette River Advocates Poised To Break Record For Most People In A Floating Line

On Friday morning, a group of Willamette River advocates will attempt to claim the title for the most people in a floating line. The number to beat is 542, the record set in 2008 in Viareggio, Italy.

Today, organizer Will Levenson said he has 561 people signed up to participate.

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Filed under: Water, The Big Float, Willamette River


May 16, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland Brewery Tests Out Water-Recycling Fuel Cell

A new pilot project will attempt to clean the wastewater from Widmer Brothers Brewing so it can be recycled into more beer using a fuel cell that simultaneously generates electricity.

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Filed under: Environment, Water, wastewater, Recycling


April 25, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

This Nanotech "Lily Pad" Could Obliterate Stormwater Pollution

A Beaverton start-up has created a floating "lily pad" that uses solar-activated nanotechnology to break down water contaminants. It could be deployed to clean up polluted water in retention ponds or ditches alongside roads and parking lots.

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Filed under: Environment, Water, Stormwater


Feb. 08, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Opponents Protest Nestle Water Bottling Plant

Opponents of a proposed Nestle water bottling plant in Oregon organized two protests in Portland today. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Nestle


Sept. 13, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

How Much Storm Water Do Eco-Roofs Capture?

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Filed under: Water, Portland State University, Stormwater


Sept. 04, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Which Schools Had Pesticides In Their Water?

I just noticed the Oregon Health Authority updated its website with a spreadsheet of the schools that had their drinking water tested. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Drinking water, pesticides


Aug. 30, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Study Finds Pesticides In Drinking Water At 11 Schools

A federal Department of Agriculture study has found low levels of pesticides in the drinking water of 11 rural schools in Oregon. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Agriculture, Drinking water, pesticides


Aug. 27, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

How Big Was The Gulf Oil Spill Compared To Oregon?

Another great find by OPB's Vince Patton: Check out this BBC tool for sizing up historic places and events. The mapping program overlays your zip code (or any other you choose) with the size and shape of icons such as the Twin Towers, the moon, the Great Wall of China or the Burning Man festival. Continue reading →

Filed under: Water, Gulf oil spill



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In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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