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Snohomish County Gets Another $2M For Oso Property Buyouts

AP | Nov. 19, 2015 2:57 p.m. | Everett, Washington

Snohomish County has received an additional $2 million from the federal government to help buy out properties devastated in the Oso landslide.

Land | Flora and Fauna | Environment

Washington Inmates Help Restore Greater Sage Grouse Habitat

Northwest Public Radio | Nov. 6, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Inmates at a Washington prison are the first in the nation to  grow sagebrush that can be used to restore an ecosystem that's vital for the survival of a native bird called the greater sage grouse.

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Owyhee Protections Meeting Draws 500 People

OPB | Oct. 30, 2015 4:26 p.m.

About 500 people gathered in the tiny town of Adrian on Thursday to discuss the future of the Owyhee country in remote Southeast Oregon.

Land | Science | Communities | Climate change | Environment | Forestry

Climate Change, Wildfires Transforming NW Forests

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 28, 2015 5:39 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

This year’s fires are leaving behind more than just charred forests. They’re setting the stage for what’s expected to be a fundamental shift in the landscape.

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Coast Guard Responds To Diesel Spilled Into Willamette River

AP | Oct. 26, 2015 12:12 p.m. | Portland

Authorities say the spill happened on Monday at about 5 a.m. near the Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminal in Vancouver, Washington. The spill came from a fuel barge and was caused by a tank overfill.

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Oregon Judge Grounds Aerial Pesticide Sprayer After It Defies License Suspension

OPB | Oct. 13, 2015 12:30 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon Department of Agriculture secured a restraining order this week to stop a company from spraying pesticides commercially without a license. The case marks the first time the Oregon Department of Agriculture has ever gone to court for a restraining order against a pesticide applicator. 

Communities | Land use | Land | Agriculture | Environment

Contaminated Soil Lingers Where Apples Once Grew

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington

At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.

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Tips For Staying Safe Around Contaminated Soil

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.

Land use | Land | Agriculture | Environment

How Does Washington Clean Up Contaminated Soil? It Depends On Where You Live.

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

A liable party makes a world of difference for Washington’s Department of Ecology. It could be the difference between paying for cleanups and letting contamination linger.

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NW Officials Aren’t Testing Yards Suspected Of Lead And Arsenic Contamination. So We Did.

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.