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A Brief Guide To Swimming In Portland’s Willamette River

OPB | June 21, 2017 1:46 p.m. | Portland

Water quality testing consistently shows it's safe to swim in the Willamette River. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you decide to take a dip.

Environment | Water

Military Airstrips Are Poisoning People's Wells

KUOW/EarthFix | June 20, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Coupeville, Washington

The military and its civilian neighbors are finding their wells are being poisoned by chemicals in firefighting foams used on airstrips.

Environment | Water

Everything 'Normal' In Puget Sound After Disastrous Wastewater Spill

KUOW | June 19, 2017 2:22 p.m. | Seattle

Four months after a disastrous wastewater spill in Puget Sound, water quality levels are normal.

Environment | Water

Navy Skips Permit For Bremerton Boat Scraping; Environmentalists Sue

KUOW | June 19, 2017 2:15 p.m.

The Navy is being sued for releasing heavy metals into Puget Sound by scraping a ship hull. But in the nearby city of Bremerton, it's going to take more than that to shake locals' love of the Navy.

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4 Ways Portland's Willamette Riverfront Could Change

OPB | June 7, 2017 3:26 p.m. | Portland

Several stretches of the Willamette River in downtown Portland are poised for a makeover in the coming decade.  


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Crossing the Border To Protest A Canadian Pipeline

KUOW/EarthFix | June 4, 2017 10:15 p.m. | Vancouver, British Columbia

People in the U.S. technically have no say in the matter of Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline. But that hasn’t kept them from protesting increased tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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Toxic Algae Bloom Prompts Health Advisory For Detroit Lake

Statesman Journal | June 3, 2017 1:33 p.m.

Water testing at the reservoir east of Salem confirmed toxin levels that can be harmful to humans and animals, the agency said.

Environment | Communities | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Legislature Limits Controversial Mining Practice

OPB/EarthFix | May 31, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The suction dredge mining bill now goes to the governor for signature.

Environment | News | local | Water

Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

OPB | May 23, 2017 10 a.m. | Portland

The Portland Water Bureau learned this month it has lost a key exemption to federal water testing rules, meaning the city must build a water treatment facility.

Environment | Technology | Science | Water | Climate change

Can Seattle’s Seawall Defend The City And Protect Salmon, Too?

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 16, 2017 6 p.m. | Seattle

Seattle’s newly constructed seawall is a $410 million infrastructure project that’s doubling as a massive science experiment.