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Washington State's Watershed Conditions Continue to Decline

NWNews | June 29, 2016

The condition of watersheds in Washington state continues to decline, according to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, which delivered the news to the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday.

Experts: Oregon's Economy Could Suffer Because Of Climate Change

AP | June 30, 2016

Oregon is one of several states without a routine water testing program, leaving many bodies of water unmonitored for harmful algae blooms.

Lawsuit Aims To Stop Oil Spills From Grand Coulee Dam

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2016

The environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over oil spills from Grand Coulee Dam.

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Burn Ban Issued For Eastern Washington

AP | June 30, 2016 12:55 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

The state Department of Natural Resources has issued a burn ban on DNR-protected lands in Eastern Washington, effective Saturday.

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Group Sues To Force Pollution Disclosure At Grand Coulee Dam

AP | June 29, 2016 12:58 p.m. | Spokane, Washington

An environmental group has sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Eastern Washington are polluting the Columbia River in violation of clean-water laws.

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Advocates Call For Oregon To Stop Renewing Air Pollution Permits

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Portland

Clean air advocates are calling on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to stop renewing air pollution permits until new rules are in place.

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Beyond Sightseeing: You'll Love The Sound Of America's Best Parks

NPR | June 29, 2016 9:51 a.m.

The National Park Service is racing to record soundscapes of each park that capture nature for the ear. "If we start to lose sounds of wilderness, we start to lose a piece of us," one scientist says.

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Explaining The Mystery Of Oregon's Lost Lake

KLCC | June 29, 2016 9:46 a.m.

Lost Lake is a seasonal alpine lake — just off the Santiam Pass Highway. And it’s aptly named. Once a year, it disappears. Not by evaporation or seepage. It flows away down a big hole in the lake bed.

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Should Pacific Bluefin Tuna Be Listed As An Endangered Species?

NPR | June 29, 2016 8:42 a.m.

Environmental groups have asked the U.S. to give the prized fish protection under the Endangered Species Act. Some scientists and activists say the chances are slim but the action is long overdue.

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Public-Private Partnership Aims To Reduce Wildfire Risk

AP | June 29, 2016 8:34 a.m. | Denver

The projects include areas in California's Sierra Nevada range, the South Platte watershed in the mountains west of Denver, the headwaters of the Missouri River in Montana and the Blue Mountains of Oregon.

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Cameras Help Fire Crews Keep A Watchful Eye On Western Wildfires

AP | June 29, 2016 8:14 a.m. | Eldorado National Forest, California

Scientists with the University of Nevada, Reno, who built the system, are trying to teach the cameras to recognize fire and smoke and send an alert.

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West Virginians Turn To Federal Government For Help After Devastating Floods

NPR | June 28, 2016 2:49 p.m.

In West Virginia, residents are beginning to clean up after record floods destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses and killed at least 23 people.

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Oregon, Washington Net Millions From VW In Emissions Fraud Settlement

OPB | June 28, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Oregon says it is in line for $85 million from Volkswagen as part of its emissions fraud settlement. Washington announces its share is $129 million.


Bringing Back Klamath Wetlands, One Wocus At A Time

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016

Work is underway to restore a native water lily called the wocus to wetlands in the Klamath Basin — and with it a traditional Native American food and habitat for endangered fish. 

Searching For The Mysterious Sixgill Sharks of Puget Sound

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 20, 2016

Recent sixgill sightings are giving hope to divers and researchers that the sharks may be returning to Puget Sound.

Oregon Battles Invasive Minnows To Protect Non-Native Trout

OPB/EarthFix | June 14, 2016

There’s no question now: the tui chub are back in Diamond Lake.  What are we willing to do about it?

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