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Salem Agrees To Sell Willamette River Water Rights To Hillsboro

Statesman Journal | May 29, 2016

If the deal goes through it will earn Salem $16.2 million, which will be used to improve the city’s water infrastructure.

Oregon Timber Grower Complains Of Helicopter Herbicide Spraying

EarthFix | May 27, 2016

There’s a new complaint about exposure from a helicopter spraying weed killer on Oregon forestland. This time, it's from a fellow timber grower and former member of the Oregon Board of Forestry.  

Efforts To Ban Oil Projects In Vancouver Move Forward

OPB | May 25, 2016

The city of Vancouver’s planning commission voted Tuesday to prohibit future crude oil storage facilities.

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A Conversation About The Future Of Water

NPR | May 29, 2016 3:18 p.m.

Michel Martin traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. to talk with Kathleen Curry, Patty Limerick, Roger Fragua and Paolo Bacigalupi about owning water and dealing with a future where water may be scarce.

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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Says Government Can Help Clean Energy Innovation

NPR | May 29, 2016 2:27 p.m.

As he prepares for a conference on implementing clean energy to combat climate change, energy secretary Ernest Moniz says he's confident the Obama administration's commitments will remain in place.

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Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

NPR | May 29, 2016 2:16 p.m.

Scientists are turning to big data to try to save California's state amphibian. They're using software to comb through hours of recordings to find the red-legged frogs that remain.

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In Colorado, Farmers and Cities Battle Over Water Rights

NPR | May 29, 2016 12:37 a.m.

In 1985 the city of Thornton, Colo. bought up nearby farmland and water rights from its farms. Now, some of those farms are drying up.

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Portland Public Shuts Off Drinking Water After Finding Lead At 2 Schools

OPB | May 27, 2016 10:34 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools is shutting off all the drinking water across more than 70 school buildings, following the discovery of elevated lead levels at two schools.

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Conservationists Question Oregon Fish And Wildlife Over Latest Budget

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 6 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, seeking comment on its latest budget proposal, drew hard questions from conservationists Thursday night in Portland.  

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Railroad Whistleblower In Seattle Wins $1.6M Settlement

EarthFix | May 27, 2016 4:30 p.m.

A federal jury in Seattle has awarded a former BNSF Railway worker, and whistleblower, more than $1.6 million in a case involving brake inspections for tank cars.

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Hokule'a, The Hawaiian Canoe Traveling The World By A Map Of The Stars

NPR | May 27, 2016 6:37 a.m.

A voyaging canoe built to revive the centuries-old tradition of Hawaiian exploration is circumnavigating the globe. Its crew has already traveled 26,000 miles navigating with the sun, star and waves.

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Deep Sea Explorers Discover A Sponge The Size Of A Minivan

NPR | May 27, 2016 5:57 a.m.

The deep-sea researchers were surveying an ocean ridge near Hawaii. "Where did this guy come from? Holy cow!" said one researcher when he saw the huge sponge. They say it's the largest ever recorded.

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Judges Reject Steens Mountain Wind Project

OPB | May 26, 2016 4:39 p.m.

The Ninth District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and rejected a wind turbine project on Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon.

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Portland Family Faces The Reality Of A Lead-Poisoned Child

OPB/EarthFix | May 24, 2016

News of toxic lead in the air and water have many parents on high alert. Lead poisoning in children can cause permanent brain damage. One Portland family is confronting that reality.

Lawmakers Hear Perspectives On Potential Owyhee Monument

OPB | May 23, 2016

The vast and rugged area is known for its stunning red rock geology and canyons, recreation opportunities and expansive wildlife habitat. It’s also an important area for cattle grazing.

The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

Our international undercover investigation reveals what really happens to America's discarded TVs, phones and computers.

The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste | May 05, 2016


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