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Lead In The Water

June 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

Environment | Water

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

Oct. 24, 2016 7 p.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.

News | local | Environment | Energy | Business

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.

Politics | Election

Mayoral Debate 2012

Oct. 24, 2016 7 p.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.

Education | News | local | Health | Lead In The Water

After Lead Scare, Portland Schools Resume Cooking With Kitchen Water

Sept. 28, 2016 1:50 a.m.

School cooks can use water from kitchen sinks again — and one of the top facility officials at PPS is resigning.

News | local | NW Life | Water | Energy | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

How To Prepare Water For The Cascadia Quake

Sept. 1, 2016 1 p.m.

Individuals could be on their own for two weeks after the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake. Make sure you're prepared by having enough water ready. 

Education | News | local | Health | Lead In The Water

Parents Of Portland Child Prepare Claim Over Lead-Tainted Water

Aug. 8, 2016 8 p.m.

Trina Harper's daughter had lead in her blood. Not high levels, but numbers that are perhaps too high for a girl with kidney disease. And Harper believes PPS is to blame for it. 

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Is Idaho Causing Arsenic Woes For Ontario's Water?

Aug. 5, 2016 11:33 p.m.

Ontario's water supply comes from the Snake River flowing out of Idaho, where arsenic standards are more lax than Oregon's.

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