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Drought Conditions Are Sucking The Fun Out of Northwest Reservoirs

OPB | May 22, 2015

Many lakes levels are lower this spring than they’ve been in 30 years. That's not just bad news for irrigators and fish. It means many boaters and anglers will be high and dry this summer.

Demand For Super-Sized Clams Keeps Poachers & Cops Busy

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 22, 2015

Big money and human health are at stake when it comes to Puget Sound's most lucrative clams and the people charged with protecting them.

Northwest Farmers Wary About Obama's Expected Water Rule

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2015

The Obama Administration is expected to announce a new clean water rule in the next few days, which has some Northwest farm groups worried what new regulations could mean for their operations.

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Judge Hears Challenge To Oregon County's Genetically Engineered Crop Ban

OPB/EarthFix | May 20, 2015 9 p.m. | Medford, Oregon

The voter-approved ban is one of two passed in the state.


South Seattle Residents Complain of Industrial Dust

OPB | May 22, 2015 5 p.m. | SEATTLE

Residents of an industrial neighborhood in Seattle say clouds of harmful dust from a recycling operation have been stinging their eyes, coating their tongues, and at times, making it difficult to breathe.

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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

NPR | May 22, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a nine-miles stretch of Calif. coast.

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Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

NPR | May 22, 2015 2:54 p.m.

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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Official: Seattle Shell Protests Caused Environmental Damage

AP | May 22, 2015 2:45 p.m.

An official with Washington state's Department of Natural Resources says Seattle activists protesting Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic did some environmental damage to a popular dive park.

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Governor Declares 8 Additional Counties In Drought Emergencies

OPB | May 22, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown declared drought emergencies in eight additional counties around Oregon Friday, bringing the total this year to 15.

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How To Scare A Sea Lion: Bring In The (Fake) Orca

OPB | May 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | Portland

Astoria officials and locals have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to get rid of the ubiquitous barking sea lions that have arrived by the thousands this year on the city's docks. But now, the city may be bringing in the big guns, or should I say, whale.

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Oregon Lawmakers Reconsider Buffer Zone For Herbicide Sprays

AP | May 22, 2015 10:50 a.m.

Some Oregon lawmakers have revived an effort to limit aerial herbicide spraying on private timberlands by placing mandatory "no-spray" buffers around houses and schools.

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Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

NPR | May 22, 2015 10:06 a.m.

Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.

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Oregon Investigates Spray Crew Exposure To Herbicide

AP | May 22, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Two state agencies are investigating aerial spraying operations on private timberlands in the southern Coast Range.


Gray Wolf Photographed Near Town In Washington Cascades

NWPR/EarthFix | May 21, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Biologists have confirmed that photos taken near Leavenworth in the Washington Cascades are of a gray wolf. This is the first time a wolf has been documented in this area the Cascades since 2000.


Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Wrongdoers are profiting from their deadly exploitation of Northwest wildlife, from elk and deer to sturgeon and shellfish. But law enforcement and private citizens are out to stop these crimes against nature.

Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report | May 23, 2015

What A Waste: A Special Report

Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away

What A Waste: A Special Report | April 16, 2015

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