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Washington Sex Offenders Say Island Water Makes Them Sick

AP | Sept. 25, 2017 7:41 a.m. | McNeil Island, Washington

Scores of sex offenders ordered to live on a secluded island in Washington state say the often cloudy, brown water there is making them sick, and records show the water system has been plagued by problems for more than a decade.

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New Fires Spotted Near Mount Jefferson, While Others Grow

Statesman Journal | Sept. 14, 2017 2:28 p.m.

Four new wildfires were spotted in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness on Wednesday, making clear that a historically flammable season in Western Oregon isn’t finished yet.

Environment | News | Water | local | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Why The Eagle Creek Fire Is A Major Threat To Portland's Drinking Water

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 5:07 p.m. | Portland

Of all the resources threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire, the Bull Run watershed may be the most critical. It's the drinking water source for about 1-in-4 Oregonians, and it's uniquely vulnerable to a fire.

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Sexual Misconduct At PPS | Housing Foster Youth | Lead In Water | Breast Cancer Tattoos

OPB | Aug. 30, 2017 noon

We discuss The Oregonian/OregonLive's reporting about sexual misconduct at Portland Public Schools, efforts to address housing for Oregon's foster youth, and the issue of lead in Portland houses. We also hear from a tattoo artist who works with breast-cancer survivors. 

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Vanishing Kelp: Warm Ocean Takes Toll On Undersea Forests

AP | Aug. 22, 2017 9:49 a.m. | Appledore Island, Maine

The Gulf of Maine, stretching from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, is the latest in a growing list of global hotspots losing their kelp.

Health | News | Water | local | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

OHA To Eclipse Visitors: Beware Of Harmful Algae Blooms In Water

OPB | Aug. 16, 2017 2:24 p.m. | Portland

Eclipse campers might be tempted to find an alternative source for drinking water in lakes or rivers. But the Oregon Health Authority says that's not a good idea.

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2 New Fires Start Near Breitenbush And Growing Whitewater Fire

Statesman Journal | Aug. 12, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Two new wildfires sparked by a lightning storm last week are burning northeast of Detroit near the Breitenbush Community, fire officials said Saturday.

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Lightning Sparks 8 New Fires Near Detroit, Smoke Clogs Canyon

Statesman Journal | Aug. 11, 2017 1:48 p.m.

Multiple lightning strikes ignited eight new fires Thursday night in Willamette National Forest near Detroit, filling the air with thick smoke that limited visibility.

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Extreme Heat Reverses Benefits Of Oregon’s Above-Average Snowpack

OPB | Aug. 8, 2017 11:56 a.m. | Portland

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat.

Land use | Environment | News | local | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Whitewater Wildfire Closes Prime Solar Eclipse Viewing Area

Statesman Journal | Aug. 8, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Detroit, Oregon

Tens of thousands were expected to visit the Jefferson and Detroit Lake areas because they are smack in the middle of the eclipse's path of totality.

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Portland City Council Moves Forward With Water Filtration Plant

OPB | Aug. 2, 2017 5:17 p.m.

Portland City Council voted Wednesday to move toward a water filtration plant that could cost the city up to $500 million.

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Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge | Vineyard Mobile Healthcare | 'Exceptional' Longevity

OPB | July 31, 2017 noon

EarthFix's Jes Burns fills us in on wildlife competing for water and resources in the Klamath basin. Then we learn about an effort to get health care to migrant workers. And an OSU researcher talks "exceptional" longevity.

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Dennis Richardson | Albina Ministerial Alliance | Water Treatment | Transit Security

OPB | July 27, 2017 noon

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson discusses voter fraud and election reform. We also talk about police oversight, treating Portland's water, and hear from TriMet. 

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Oversight Group Tells Portland To Slow Decision On Water Treatment Plant

OPB | July 26, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

A key watchdog group that monitors spending at the Portland Water Bureau said it will ask the City Council to slow its decision on a pricey new water treatment facility.

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Birds Take Backseat To Fish, Farms In The Klamath Basin

OPB/EarthFix | July 24, 2017 6 a.m. | Merrill, Oregon

There’s always a bird – or 20 –  in sight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. But really, there should be many, many more.

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Facing A Rent Hike, Portland's Boathouse Ponders Options

Pamplin Media Group | July 23, 2017 8:48 a.m. | Portland

The hub of Portland's bustling water sports community, which draws up to 1,000 users a day in the summer, is being pushed out by a rent hike.

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Health Official Recommends Filtration Plant To Treat Portland Water

Portland Tribune | July 20, 2017 6:53 p.m. | Portland

Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis has recommended the City Council approve the most expensive option for fighting a potentially deadly parasite in the Bull Run watershed.

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Oregon Rancher Challenging Well Shutdown Near Snake Creek

Capital Press | July 18, 2017 9:12 a.m.

Farmer claims the Oregon Water Resources Department has ordered him to stop pumping from a well based on an erroneous mathematical model.

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Average Cost Of Portland Tap Water Could Increase $10 A Month

OPB | July 11, 2017 12:46 p.m. | Portland

Treating Portland's water supply for a microscopic pathogen, cryptosporidium, could increase the average monthly bill for customers as much as $10.38 in coming years.

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.