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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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Recent Articles

Environment | News | Land | History | local

Trump Administration Finalizes Rangeland Wildfire Plan

The Trump administration has finalized a plan to construct up to 11,000 miles of fuel breaks to control wildfire on federal land in six Western states, including Oregon. 

Environment | Water

EPA Sends Enforcement Orders For Portland Harbor Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering two companies, Schnitzer Steel and Evraz Inc., to do their part in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site cleanup on the Willamette River.

local | News | Health

Surge In Oregon's COVID-19 Testing Capacity Expected This Week

A new shipment of COVID-19 test-kit swabs, combined with new testing capacity at Oregon hospitals, will allow thousands of additional tests to be performed across the state in the next few days.

Environment | News | Food | Fish & Wildlife | local

Coronavirus Restaurant Closures Upend Oregon Seafood Industry

Oregon's seafood industry is losing a major market as dining rooms across the country close to reduce the spread of coronavirus. 

local | News | Science | Health

Oregon's COVID-19 Testing Capacity Starts Ramping Up

Oregon’s capacity to test for COVID-19 is ramping up. Providence Health & Services announced they’ve received supplies to begin testing for the disease. And the state announced a new testing contract.

local | News | Health

Coronavirus Test Shortages Are Undermining Oregon's Response

Every suspected coronavirus case must be tested, the World Health Organization says. But shortages of tests in Oregon and the rest of the United States are undermining efforts to stop the spread.

Water | Environment | News | Business | local

Companies Challenge Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup Plan

In a petition submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week, four companies challenged the agency’s cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Environment | News | Water

New Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup Agreements Secured By EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces eight new agreements with parties responsible for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Environment | News | Forestry | local

2 Key Forestry Bills Left In The Wreckage Of Oregon Legislative Session

Two highly consequential forestry bills were left stranded when the Oregon Legislature ended its session early on Thursday.

News | local | Transportation | Climate change | Environment | Energy | Politics | Economy | Business

With Oregon Climate Action Stalled In Salem, Some Businesses Look Beyond Cap And Trade

Oregon lawmakers may not get to vote this session on a controversial climate bill, but some companies are gearing up to burn fewer fossil fuels regardless.

News | Environment | Water | Animals | local | Fish & Wildlife | Recreation

Feds Say Willamette River Wake Surfing Could Harm Salmon

Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say wake sports that create large waves on the Willamette River could pose a serious risk to threatened salmon and steelhead.

Environment | Air | News | local

Portland Is Getting 6 New Air Pollution Testing Stations Near Bullseye Glass

A $1 million court-ordered air pollution monitoring program is kicking into gear this month near the Bullseye Glass facility in southeast Portland. 

Arts | Entertainment | Recreation | NW Life | local | Oregon Art Beat

Portland's Jam Skaters Dance On Wheels

Jam skating – also known as rhythm skating or rexing – is a style of roller skating that moves to a faster beat. It can even be a bit like breakdancing on wheels. 

Pacific Ocean | News | Environment | Climate change | local | Fish & Wildlife

Study: Ocean Acidification Is Dissolving Shells Of Young Dungeness Crab

A new study finds ocean acidification is already affecting young Dungeness crab off the West Coast. But so far, it’s unclear what that means for Oregon’s most valuable fishery.

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

Sticker Shock: The Grid Is At Capacity For Solar Power In Parts Of Oregon

As Oregon's grid reaches its capacity to accept solar power in some parts of the state, rooftop solar customers are getting stuck with the bill for expensive upgrades.

Environment | News | Forestry | Land | local

Land Purchase Protects Wallowa Lake’s East Moraine From Development

A 1,791-acre portion of the land framing Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Lake has been purchased and protected from development.

Environment | News | Forestry | NW Life

Oregon Governor Proposes New Wildfire Protection Plan

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling for a major expansion in the state’s wildfire response plans in a new legislative concept lawmakers heard on Tuesday.

Environment | News

How Trump’s Environmental Policy Rollback Affects The Northwest

A Trump administration plan to scale back a bedrock environmental law could affect all kinds of projects in the Northwest, including timber sales, hydroelectric dams, and large energy developments.

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Year Brings New Protections For West Coast Seafloor Habitat

The new year brings new protections for corals and sponges that live on the seafloor off the West Coast. 

Water | Environment | Sustainability | Fish & Wildlife | local

Oregon Conservation Group Collects Christmas Trees For Salmon Habitat

Two local chapters of the Trout Unlimited conservation group will be collecting Christmas trees to place in streams for salmon habitat in January.