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Clean Water

Jan. 12, 2015 10:23 p.m.

Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.


Clean Water Act’s Next Role Could Play Out On NW Logging Roads

May 17, 2016 7:01 a.m.

A significant source of water pollution, muddy runoff from logging roads, is stirring up controversy in the Northwest. A lawsuit that began in Oregon will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Its ruling will determine exactly how the Clean Water Act applies to the hundreds of thousands of miles of logging and forest roads.

Environment | News | local | Business | Energy

Proposed Oil Refinery In Longview, Washington

Feb. 8, 2016 8:15 p.m.

A company out of Texas called Waterside Energy has proposed what would be the West Coast’s first refinery in more than 25 years at the Port of Longview on the lower Columbia River. Waterside's plan calls for a facility capable of refining 30,000 barrels of oil and 15,000 barrels of biofuel each day. The proposed project would also include a propane and butane terminal handling 75,000 barrels per day.

local | Health


April 25, 2013 8:30 p.m.

Portland voters will decide in a special election whether the city can add fluoride to drinking water.

Election | Politics

Mayoral Debate 2012

May 17, 2016 7:01 a.m.

The 2012 candidates for Portland mayor, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, were on OPB's Think Out Loud October 9 for a "candidate conversation.+ Candidates, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, answered questions about the future of the city, from fluoride to foreclosures, development to diversity.

South Waterfront Greenway Opening

June 27, 2015 10:38 p.m.

Transportation | Communities

South Waterfront Greenway Central District Reopens To The Public

May 15, 2015 7:32 p.m.

The South Waterfront Greenway Central District project opened to the public on Thursday, May 14th, offering a convergence of park space, trails, and wildlife habitat along the edge of the Willamette River.

News | Land use | Fish & Wildlife

Beavers Can Boost Water Supply

March 20, 2015 9:55 p.m.

Scientists are finding that nature could offer solutions for water storage.  Beavers create natural reservoirs that can help retain water.

Toxic Algae, Warming Waters

Jan. 12, 2015 4:10 a.m.

It only takes a slight temperature uptick to make our waters hospitable to life forms that aren't so hospitable to human health. Algal blooms are on the rise in Northwest waters, posing an increased risk for people who eat shellfish. Produced and written by Katie Campbell and Ashley Ahearn Photography by Katie Campbell Narrated and edited by Katie Campbell Read the Symptoms of Climate Change series:

Climate Critical To Water Supply And Much More

Jan. 12, 2015 4:10 a.m.

Climate looks to play a critical role in the fresh water supply in the Northwest. Hotter temperatures, reduced summer rainfall could mean gradual changes to plant life in the years to come. This segment was first edited by EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz to be included in a half hour documentary on climate in 2013. It was cut at the last moment in order to fit the program into a half hour. But we wanted you to see it so here it is. Producer/Writer/Editor/Videographer: Aaron Kunz Executive Producer: Bruce Reichert Additional Video: Seth Ogilvie, Pat Metzler, Jay Krajic Aerials: Idaho Public Television Production Manager: Jeff Tucker

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