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Warm Pacific Ocean 'Blob' Facilitated Vast Toxic Algae Bloom

AP | Sept. 30, 2016 8:12 a.m.

A new study finds that unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures helped cause a massive bloom of toxic algae last year that closed lucrative fisheries from California to British Columbia and disrupted marine life from seabirds to sea lions.

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Scientists Frustrated OSU Will Build $50M Research Center In Tsunami Zone

OPB | Sept. 28, 2016 1:32 p.m. | Portland

OSU is ignoring the advice of some of its ocean scientists by building a $50 million research center in Newport's tsunami zone.

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Nestle Water Bottling Plan Draws Protest — Even After It's Voted Down

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Voters in the Columbia River Gorge approved a measure aimed at blocking Nestle from putting in a water bottling plant. But four months later, activists are still protesting.

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Urban Waters Surprisingly Rich In Marine Life Finds High-Tech Sampling

Northwest News Network | Sept. 16, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Researchers from the University of Washington and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center found the opposite of what they expected when they used a new scientific method to sample the waters of Puget Sound.

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Andy Fridley: Silenced PPS Health Manager Resigns, Responds

OPB | Sept. 10, 2016 1:28 p.m. | Portland

After 28 years at Portland Public Schools, Andy Fridley was suspended and given 15 minutes to pack his office. Now gone, he's offered a lengthy response to the PPS lead investigation.

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How Dakota Access Pipeline Affects The Northwest

OPB | Sept. 9, 2016 4:38 p.m.

Carina Miller, a Warm Springs tribal council member, took in the back-and-forth Dakota Access Pipeline news all while driving back to Oregon from the protest.

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Portland Says Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan Strikes The Right Balance

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 5, 2016 3:38 p.m. | Portland

Leaders with the city of Portland say the $746 million plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site isn't perfect, but it's good enough to move forward.

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Seaside Approves Bond Measure To Get 4 Schools Out Of Tsunami Zone

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Portland

The Seaside School Board unanimously approved a bond measure Thursday to build a new campus outside the tsunami zone.

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How To Prepare Water For The Cascadia Quake

OPB | Sept. 1, 2016 6 a.m. | Portland

Individuals could be on their own for two weeks after the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake. Make sure you're prepared by having enough water ready. 

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Protecting Steamboat's Cold Waters For Summer Steelhead

OPB/EarthFix | Aug. 26, 2016 10:45 a.m. | Steamboat, Oregon

Steamboat Creek supports one of the last runs of wild summer steelhead in the Northwest.  Fishermen and conservationists want to keep it that way.