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Economy | local | News | OPB News BlogDec. 24, 2014 3:13 p.m.
Headlines for Wednesday, Dec. 24: The Oregon Liquefied Natural Gas terminal is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for access to build, the state's economy is considered healthy, at least two Portland movie theaters will screen "The Interview" on Christmas Day, and more.
Portland and Hood River officials are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a comprehensive study of the possible effects of coal exports on Northwest Communities.
The agency on Friday ordered anyone in the encampments north of the Cannonball River in North Dakota to immediately leave. Anyone remaining on Corps-managed property risks arrest.
Business | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | NewsFeb. 6, 2017 5:38 p.m.
A change in how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers interprets its acquisition regulations means it could privatize the operation of Cole Rivers Hatchery on the Rogue River and six other hatcheries it owns in Oregon.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stopped operating the Willamette Falls locks. They're at a point in the river near Oregon City.
Now that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit to complete the pipeline, parties with a vested interest are wondering about the future.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opts for a less exhaustive -- and less time consuming -- environmental review for a coal export proposal than what opponents have been seeking.
The Army Corps of Engineers finished construction of the Bonneville Dam in 1937, and it began delivering electricity in 1938. Bonneville Dam was one of the most successful Depression era achievements.
Historically, the Oregon chub was found throughout the Willamette Valley river system. But more than a century of re-channeling the river and drying up wetlands for agriculture and residence changed all that. By the 1980s, the once ubiquitous minnow was extremely hard to find. That led to its listing as an Endangered Species in 1993. Over the decades, work by a variety of constituencies from the Army Corps of Engineers to private landowners and conservation groups are helping to return the Willamette to a more natural course and that has brought the species' numbers back up. The Oregon chub will be the first fish to be "delisted."
The city of Vernonia, on the Nehalem River, has completely rebuilt its schools after a 2007 flood wreaked havoc on the district. Some of the buildings that weren't badly damaged still had to be replaced after the Army Corps of Engineers demonstrated that they would be at risk if the river rose again. This school year, Vernonia's roughly 600 students will return to a new building, designed to house the entire district. The new LEED certified building was built with a combination of public and private money.
Environmental advocates scored a win Wednesday in the battle over coal terminals in the Northwest. The government agencies in charge of investigating the impact of a proposed Washington coal terminal will look into the impact of the terminal on climate change. They will also look beyond the Gateway Pacific Terminal itself to study the impact of the entire corridor from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming where the coal is extracted to Cherry Point where it will be shipped to Asia. This announcement by the Washington Department of Ecology stands in contrast to an earlier decision by their partner in the project, the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps announced in June it would not look into the impact of climate change for its part of the environmental assessment. This raises questions of which report will carry the most weight when they are finalized in a few years. We'll also hear about how climate change could affect a species that lives in the Olympics called the Cascades frog.
We're a day early with our regular news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include:
- Negotiations in Salem over the education budget
- The Army Corps of Engineers' decision not to investigate the effect coal terminals would have on climate change or the region as a whole in its approval process
- The push by a majority of Washington's congressional delegation for the federal government not to prosecute Washingtonians who buy or sell marijuana under the state's new law.
- The Oregon Supreme Court upholding Gov. John Kitzhaber's right to block the execution of Gary Haugen.