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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.
Water | Health | local | Environment | NewsJune 1, 2016 6:15 p.m.
Communities across the Northwest were shocked recently to discover dangerously high lead levels in their water. How did this happen, and what’s being done to fix the problem? Find all of our coverage on this ongoing issue here, at OPB.org/lead.
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.
Business | local | Energy | Environment | NewsFeb. 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.
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.
local | Education | News | OPB News BlogAug. 20, 2014 2:45 p.m.
Headlines for Wednesday, Aug. 20: Sen. Peter Courtney announces a plan to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools, Native American tribes protest against the Bureau of Reclamation's decision to withhold water from the Trinity and Klamath rivers, and more.
A Belgian-style homebrew is the winner in a Hillsboro competition where treated wastewater sparked a conversation about the potential for recycling.
The water levels in many Oregon lakes and rivers are getting lower as summer progresses and can be hazardous to boaters.
If you plan to get out on the water this summer be aware of the risks of drowning. Several recent drowning fatalities have been reported in Oregon and Washington state.
Oregon Art Beat is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, now in its 17th season. Art Beat profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest. Tune in Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Join Oregon Art Beat this week as we highlight summer art!
Take a tour of Fire on the Water, a group exhibition that features work by over 75 artists inspired by the Rose Festival's Dragon Boat Races.
Catch a glimpse of Art in the Pearl! The 20th annual festival will occur over the Labor Day weekend in the Northwest Portland Park blocks - a feast of art, theater, music and more!
This weekend, you can visit Art in the High Desert in Bend, Oregon. Meet Carla and David Fox here on Art Beat, whose dream it was to create a juried fine art and craft show in Eastern Oregon and have done so successfully for eight years!
See how A-WOL - Aerial without Limits Dance Collective - takes their high-flying circus performance, outside.
And the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, bringing the Bard to Portland parks with a traditional method from Shakespeare's Era. Check out their website for summer performances through August.
And finally, what is painter Jim Newman up to these days? See Oregon Art Beat's update!