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Could The New Klamath Dam Removal Plan Kick-Start The Stalled Water Deals?

Jefferson Public Radio | Feb. 05, 2016

Oregon and California — along with federal agencies and PacifiCorp — agreed in principal this week on a separate process to remove the dams by 2020.  

Oregon State Students Dig Into Extraordinary Assignment: Recovering Ancient Mammoth Bones

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 03, 2016

Thousands of extinct animal bones and fragments have been excavated from Oregon State University's football stadium. But one last pile of dirt is still being explored by students in an extraordinary on-campus assignment.

Portland Heavy Metals Emissions Linked To Glass Facility

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 04, 2016

A glass facility in Southeast Portland has suspended the use of cadmium and arsenic in its operations following the revelation that testing found unhealthy levels of those metals in the air nearby.

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Beyond Flint: In The South, Another Water Crisis Has Been Unfolding For Years

NPR | Feb. 6, 2016 3:20 a.m.

You've heard of the water crisis in Flint, Mich. But it's not the only place with a water problem. In St. Joseph, La., the water "looks like sludge," according to Louisiana's own state health officer.

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Families Near The Huge Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

NPR | Feb. 5, 2016 4:57 p.m.

Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.

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Florida Governor Ramps Up Mosquito Fight To Stay Ahead Of Zika

NPR | Feb. 5, 2016 9:33 a.m.

It's only a matter of time, Gov. Rick Scott figures, before the Zika virus shows up in Florida mosquitoes. He's called for increased spraying and other moves to keep Zika and other diseases in check.

Environment | NW Life | Discovering Valhalla: Oregon's Hidden Gorge

Watch Now: Discovering Valhalla

OPB | Feb. 4, 2016 5:36 p.m.

Oregon Field Guide assembles its largest, most complex expedition ever to take you on an unparalleled adventure of discovery.

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Northwest Volunteers Want To Help Restore Malheur Refuge

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 4, 2016 4:57 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

People from around the Northwest are saying they want to help clean up and restore the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after the occupation ends.

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Washington State Lawmakers Want To Fight Fire With Fire More Often

Northwest News Network | Feb. 3, 2016 7 p.m.

A few short months from now, federal and state foresters around the West will purposely set controlled burns to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires later.

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Health Officials Find Heavy Metals In Southeast Portland Air

OPB | Feb. 3, 2016 5:43 p.m. | Portland

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality found elevated levels of cadmium and arsenic.

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Michigan Governor Wants $30 Million To Help Pay Bills For Lead-Tainted Water

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 1:31 p.m.

Flint residents are still being billed for water that's unsafe to drink. Tens of thousands of petitions have demanded a moratorium on residents' drinking water bills.

News | Environment | local | Discovering Valhalla: Oregon's Hidden Gorge

Secret's Out! Have You Been To Valhalla?

OPB | Feb. 3, 2016 11:26 a.m.

A few adventurous explorers share their tales of venturing into the remote gorge nicknamed Valhalla.

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California Declares State Of Emergency Over Months-Long Gas Leak

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 5:16 a.m.

Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.


Organic Farming Better Suited For Drought Conditions, Study Finds

KUOW/EarthFix | Feb. 03, 2016

Eating organic food is on the rise, and organic farming methods set soil up to better withstand drought, according to new research.

Environmental Cleanup, Unpaid Bills In Refinery Backers’ Last Venture

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 02, 2016

The backers of a failed biofuels project have proposed a $1.25 billion refinery and propane terminal at the Port of Longview on the Washington side of the lower Columbia River.

The Bizarre Bird Hat Fad That Led To Malheur’s Public Land Protections

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 15, 2016

Before the Bundy brothers from Nevada made their stand at Malheur Wildlife Refuge against the federal government's public land ownership, a Northwesterner made the call for the feds to protect the land and its migratory birds.

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