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Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Cassandra Profita

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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.

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

Food | Environment | Nation

Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S.

The new beer bottles can be refilled up to 40 times and are designed to be easily separated from the rest of the glass in the deposit system, ensuring that they get refilled instead of recycled.

News | Environment | Forestry | local

360 Video: 1 Year After The Eagle Creek Fire, See How Much Has Changed

The Eagle Creek Fire burned nearly 47,000 acres on both sides of the Columbia River. In this 360 video, see how the fire changed the forest and its popular hiking trails.

News | Forestry | local | Sustainability | Environment | Politics | Science | Land

Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Sustainability | Environment | local

Oregon Treasury To Host Sustainable Investing Conference

Oregon State Treasury is hosting a free conference on sustainable investing next week to look at how the state and individual Oregonians can account for climate change when making investment decisions.

News | local | Sustainability | Environment | Food | Business

Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In US

Refillable beer bottles from seven craft breweries are popping up on store shelves across Oregon as the state leads an effort to bring back a more sustainable way of drinking beer.

local | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Construction Begins On Salmon ‘Rest Stop’ On Portland’s Willamette River

Construction started this week on a habitat restoration project that will welcome salmon back into a wetland in the heart of Southeast Portland.

local | News | Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Water Quality At Round Butte Dam

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over water management at Round Butte Dam in Central Oregon.

News | Forestry | local | Environment | Politics | Science | Nation

When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

Western politicians who represent fire-prone regions are reluctant to tell their smoke-weary constituents that there sometimes needs to be more fire in the forest.

local | Health | Environment | Science | Fish & Wildlife

Scientists Study ‘Singing Fish’ For Ways To Improve Human Hearing

Researchers in Washington are studying a fish that nests under rocks and sings at night to attract its mates. They say the ears of these singing fish could teach us how to improve our own hearing.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

A Baby Boom Is Helping West Coast Starfish Recover After Die-Off

Scientists say starfish populations are recovering from a devastating die-off with help from a massive baby boom.

Environment | Air

Report Examines Options For Cleaner Air In The Portland Metro Area

A new report examines a variety of ways the Portland metropolitan area can reduce toxic air pollution.

local | News | Environment | Water | Health

Salem Tests A New Way To Remove Toxins From Drinking Water

An ongoing drinking water advisory in Salem has the city looking at options for removing harmful algae bloom toxins at its water treatment plant.

local | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Lawsuit Aims To Protect Salmon From Logging On Oregon State Forests

A lawsuit filed Wednesday argues the Oregon Department of Forestry is hurting protected coho salmon with its logging practices on state forests.

News | Environment | Sustainability | local

This Is Why A Lot Of Our Recycling Is Going To Landfills

New restrictions on shipping recyclables to China are forcing the Northwest to rethink what belongs in our recycling bins.

local | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Reverses Course On Increasing Protections For An Imperiled Seabird

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission decided Thursday not to elevate the status of the marbled murrelet from a "threatened" species to "endangered."

News | Environment | Forestry | local

You Thought The Eagle Creek Fire Was Out? Think Again.

You probably thought the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge had died out — but no. A small hot spot flared up early Tuesday morning.

Energy | News | Environment | Transportation | local

Oregon Cuts 1 Million Tons Of Carbon Pollution From Its Fuel Supply

Gas prices are up this Memorial Day weekend, but in Oregon the carbon emissions per gallon of fuel are down, according to a new report.

Environment | News | Climate change | Water | local

A Warming Planet Could Turn Streams Into Carbon Polluters: Study

A new study has found that warmer streams and rivers could actually contribute to climate change by releasing more carbon dioxide into the air.

Energy | Sustainability | Climate change | Environment

My House Could Help Portland Meet Its Climate Goals, But It'll Cost Me

Portland's new home energy score mandate could cut the city’s carbon footprint. But its success depends on homeowners like me.

Environment | Air

Oregon To Replace 450 Old Diesel School Buses

The state of Oregon will pay to replace 450 old diesel school buses using some of the $72.9 million dollars it expects to receive through the Volkswagen emissions cheating court settlement.