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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

Water | Environment

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

July 22, 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.

local | Business | Environment | Energy | News

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

July 22, 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.

News | local

New Waterfront Development In Vancouver Breaks Ground

July 17, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Long-delayed mixed use project to begin; aiming for October move-ins.

Water | News | Education | Environment | Lead In The Water

Why The EPA Worries About Lead In Water At Portland Schools And Day Cares

June 4, 2016 12:33 a.m.

Federal, state and city agencies have known for years that schools and homes in the Portland area are at risk for lead above federal drinking water standards.

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

EPA Wanted Portland's Water Tested For Lead In Schools, Day Cares In April

June 3, 2016 5:46 p.m.

The EPA warned Oregon health officials in April that some schools and day care centers in the Portland area should be tested because of the risk of high lead levels in drinking water.

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

Eugene Schools Find Lead In Water

June 14, 2016 3:06 p.m.

The Eugene School District said Monday it found elevated lead levels in the water at four separate schools.

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