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Bend Badlands, an area kept secret by the locals, is now becoming well known so ranchers and conservationists are working together to protect it. We investigate a bizarre natural phenomena that killed all sorts of marine life for miles off the Oregon coast. And we head deep into the sewers of Portland to see some of the problems the system is facing and how they may impact nearby water.

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Bend Badlands

OPB | Aug. 9, 2007 1:30 p.m.

Ranchers and conservationists present a strong case for protection of this desert gem.

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Dead Zones

OPB | Aug. 9, 2007 1:30 p.m.

We investigate a bizarre natural phenomena that killed marine life off the Oregon coast.

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Portland Sewers

OPB | Aug. 9, 2007 1:30 p.m.

Take a look underground at Portland's aging and inadequate sewer system.

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Major Support Provided By: Dorothy D. Gage

Additional Support Provided By: the Coit Family Foundation, Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation, Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird, Christine and David Vernier, and the Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by: The Roundhouse Foundation, Jon and Nancy Decherd, Bonnie and Peter Reagan