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Cassandra Profita


Cassandra Profita is a reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger and as part of the EarthFix public media collaboration that covered the environment for the Pacific Northwest.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

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Portland Is Getting A New Swimming Beach On The Willamette

Portlanders will soon have a new place to swim on the Willamette River. On Friday, advocates are opening the city’s second swimming beach near the Hawthorne Bridge.

Environment | News | Politics | local | Air

Lawmakers Approve New Diesel Truck Regulations For Portland

Amid a flurry of last-minute votes on Sunday, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill regulating diesel trucks in the Portland metro area.

Climate change | Environment | local | News

Without Cap And Trade, Oregon’s Climate Goals Look More Out Of Reach

On Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney said Oregon's cap-and-trade bill doesn’t have the votes to pass. Supporters say that could put the state's climate goals out of reach.

Climate change | Transportation | local | Environment | Business | News

For Heavy-Duty Trucks, 'The Future Is Electric'

Trucking industry leaders say more and more pickup and delivery trucks will join a growing number of school and transit buses in going electric in the next 20 years.

Environment | News | local

Oregon's Largest Multifamily Solar Project Installed In Milwaukie

On Friday, the owners of the Waverly Greens apartment complex in Milwaukie unveiled Oregon's largest solar array to be installed on multifamily housing.

News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': What Would Cap And Trade Really Mean For Oregon?

Oregon is trying to fight climate change. But what would a proposed cap and trade rule actually do? 

local | Environment | NW Life | Business | Fish & Wildlife | Economy | Nation

West Coast Rockfish Rebound Faster Than Expected

Pacific rockfish populations that had collapsed from overfishing are bouncing back much faster than anyone expected, giving fishermen more fish to catch for the first time in decades.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons On City Property

The Portland City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban the use of the toxic bird poisons known as avicides on city property.

Climate change | Sustainability | local | Agriculture | Environment | Land use | News

Oregon Restricts Solar Development On Prime Farmland

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission has approved new rules that restrict commercial solar development on millions of acres of high-value farmland across the state.

Climate change | Environment | Politics | local | News

Cap-And-Trade Bill Could Hike Natural Gas Prices In Oregon

As Oregon lawmakers hammer out the final details of a cap-and-trade bill that aims to address climate change, they're weighing how to handle the risk of spiking natural gas prices.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | local | News

New Rules Make It Easier To Kill Sea Lions On The Columbia River

New rules could allow wildlife managers to kill more sea lions to protect salmon on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.

History | local | Family | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Communities | News | Nation

US House Passes Bill To Improve Tribal Fishing Sites

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide $11 million dollars to improve living conditions at tribal fishing sites on the Columbia River.

Environment | Renewable energy | Energy | local

Environmental Groups Oppose New Gas Project At Oregon Mega-Dairy

Environmental groups are asking Oregon regulators to deny the air pollution permit for a project that would turn cow manure into renewable natural gas.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News

New Plan Would Return California Condors To Northwest Skies

Federal agencies and Northern California's Yurok Tribe have released a plan to reintroduce critically endangered California condors to the Pacific Northwest.

Environment | Forestry | Education | local | News

Oregon Sells Bonds To Pay The Elliott State Forest’s Obligation To Schools

Oregon sold $100 million in bonds on Thursday to pay a portion of the Elliott State Forest’s obligation to raise money for schools.

Environment | News | Nation | Transportation | Air

Oregon Lawmakers Consider New Bill To Regulate Diesel Pollution

Oregon lawmakers are considering another bill that aims to regulate diesel pollution by phasing out older, more polluting trucks.

Forestry | Politics | local | Environment | Land | Communities | News

New Council Will Advise Gov. Kate Brown On Improving Oregon's Wildfire Response

Oregon's new Wildfire Response Council will make recommendations to the governor this fall on how the state can improve its approach to wildfire.

Climate change | local | Environment | Energy | Renewable energy | News

Oregon’s Small-Scale Nuclear Company Looks To Build 1st Plant In Idaho

Oregon-based NuScale Power is on track to build its first plant using small, modular nuclear reactors at the Idaho National Laboratory site.

Climate change | Environment | local | News

Multnomah County Files Brief In Support Of Youth Climate Lawsuit

Multnomah County is joining a growing movement of legal support for young people suing the government over climate change.

Sustainability | Politics | local | Environment | Water | News

Oregon And Washington Lawmakers Consider Statewide Plastic Bag Bans

Lawmakers in both Oregon and Washington are considering bills that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide to reduce plastic pollution.