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Longview Energy Project Backers Expand Proposal

OPB | Sept. 03, 2015

In addition to a crude oil refinery, Waterside Energy now wants to handle liquified petroleum gas.

Explainer Video: How Firefighters Combat Wildfires

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 02, 2015

More than 43,000 wildfires have burned about 8.2 million acres across the country this year -- and there’s another month of the typical fire season to come.

Pumping Water From A Cascades Lake to Irrigate Orchards

NWPR/EarthFix | Sept. 01, 2015

A drought plan for Washington’s Yakima basin calls for a mountain lake to be partially drained to provide more water for agriculture. That’s struck a nerve with some conservation groups and homeowners.

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Parched Olympic Peninsula Eyes New Reservoir

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 31, 2015 midnight

The Northwest's drought and the threat of climate change are giving new momentum to a decades-old proposal for a new reservoir in Western Washington. 

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Wildfire Smoke And Outdoor Theater Don't Mix

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 24, 2015 10:15 a.m. | Ashland, Oregon

In Ashland, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the “show-must-go-on” mantra of the theater has given way to continuous air quality checks and tough show-time decisions.

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Afternoon Fishing Restrictions Lifted In Oregon

OPB | Sept. 1, 2015 2:11 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife rolled back afternoon fishing restrictions Tuesday for most rivers around the state.

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Trail Connecting Montana To The Pacific Close To Completion

OPB | Sept. 4, 2015 4:35 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has formed an advisory committee to help finalize the Pacific Northwest Trail.

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California Considers Sweeping Proposals To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 4:39 p.m.

The state is often a step ahead of the status quo when it comes to environmental policy, and climate change is no exception. New legislation includes a plan to cut gasoline use in vehicles by half.

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Coast Guard: Tow Boat Collision On Mississippi Causes Oil Spill

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 12:49 p.m.

Officials say the collision between two tow boats near Paducah, Kentucky, occurred last night. One of them is discharging oil into the river.

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Fishing Restrictions Temporarily Lifted In NE Oregon

OPB | Sept. 3, 2015 12:05 p.m. | Portland

Fishing restrictions on 10 bodies of water in Northeast Oregon have been temporarily lifted, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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A Quest To Count All Of The World's Trees

NPR | Sept. 3, 2015 11:11 a.m.

Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

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Washington State Eases Fishing Restrictions On Some Rivers

AP | Sept. 2, 2015 5:16 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

As conditions improve in some Washington rivers, state officials are easing fishing restrictions and closures put in place earlier this summer because of the drought.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

NPR | Sept. 2, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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Feds Propose New Water Quality Rule For Washington

AP | Sept. 2, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Seattle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its promise to propose a new clean-water rule for Washington, in case the state doesn't come up with its own plan in time.

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Oregon Residents Allowed To Return As Wildfire Calms

AP | Sept. 2, 2015 11:53 a.m.

Firefighters battling a destructive wildfire near John Day are allowing people who have been evacuated for weeks to return to their homes.

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Largest Washington Wildfire 45 Percent Contained

AP | Sept. 2, 2015 11:36 a.m.

The Okanogan Complex has now grown to 231 square miles but as of Wednesday morning it was 45 percent contained.


Marine Life Struggles In Hood Canal's Low-Oxygen Waters

KUOW/EarthFix | Aug. 31, 2015

It’s common during the summer for fish to struggle for oxygen in Washington's Hood Canal. But the lack of oxygen is at record lows, researchers say, forcing fish up out of the depths, gasping for air.

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 | June 02, 2015

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