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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 | Nation | Transportation | News | 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.

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

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.

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

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.

Environment | local | Climate change | 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.

Politics | Sustainability | 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.

News | local | Climate change | Energy | Renewable energy | Economy | Business | Environment | Politics

Report: Economic Benefits Of Cap And Trade Will Outweigh The Costs In Oregon

Oregon’s proposed cap-and-trade plan would increase household income, create jobs and grow the state’s economy, according to a new economic report to the Oregon Legislature.

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

Oregon Legislature Treads Carefully Toward Pricing Carbon

Oregon lawmakers are taking up legislation that would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions.

Environment | Nation | Food

Oregon Bottle Deposit System Hits 90 Percent Redemption Rate

The expanded program includes more types of containers and benefits from a cleaner mix of recyclable materials, which is easier to sell than the mishmash of waste that ends up in curbside bins.

Environment | local | Climate change | News | Politics

Oregon Lawmakers Prepare To Release New Cap And Trade Bill

Oregon lawmakers on a joint committee devoted to reducing carbon emissions plan to release a cap and trade bill next week.

Environment | local | News | Sustainability

Oregon Bottle Deposit System Hits 90 Percent Redemption Rate

Oregon’s bottle deposit system is recycling more containers than ever before despite major disruptions in global recycling markets.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News | Sustainability

Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon

Fish traps were banned on the Columbia River more than 80 year ago, but some say it’s time to bring them back as a way for fishermen to catch more hatchery salmon while protecting wild fish.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News

Oregon Starts Killing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has started killing sea lions below Willamette Falls to protect a fragile run of winter steelhead.

Flora and Fauna | News | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Energy | local | Economy | Environment | Sustainability

Dam Agreement Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia River Journey

A new agreement aims to help more young salmon make their way past dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

News | local | Economy | Forestry | Business | Environment | Politics

Oregon Land Board To Discuss Elliott State Forest Ownership Options

Last year, the board voted to keep the 82,500-acre forest in public ownership rather than sell it into private hands.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | News

West Coast Fishery Rebounds After Years Of Conservation Efforts

Several species of bottom-feeding fish off the West Coast are making a speedy recovery from overfishing.

Environment | local | News

Bill To Allow Killing Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To Trump's Desk

Congress has passed a bill that will make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest.

Environment | local | Water | News | Politics

Audit Flags Problems With Portland’s Environmental Agency

The Bureau of Environmental Services is spending millions on projects aimed at improving water quality and restoring wildlife habitat, but auditors found the bureau often can’t prove it's meeting its goals.

Environment | local | Economy | Climate change | News

Report: Climate Change Is Already Bringing Problems To Northwest — And It Will Get Worse

The Northwest is already seeing the effects of climate change, according to a new national climate assessment.

Environment | local | News | Energy

Study Finds Kalama Methanol Plant Would Reduce Global Carbon Emissions

A new study finds a controversial fossil fuel refinery proposed in Southwest Washington would actually reduce global carbon emissions.

Environment | local | Sustainability | News | Science

Portland Lab Creates Paper Replacements For Plastic Packaging

Swedish paper company BillerudKorsnäs tests out alternatives to plastic packaging at its design lab in Portland.