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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

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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.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Sustainability | local | Environment

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.

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment

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.

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

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

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.

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment

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.

News | local | Environment

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.

News | local | Politics | Water | Environment

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.

News | Climate change | Economy | local | Environment

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.

Energy | News | local | Environment

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.

News | local | Sustainability | Science | Environment

Portland Lab Creates Paper Replacements For Plastic Packaging

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

News | local | Water | Environment

EPA Proposes Reducing Cleanup Plans At Portland Harbor Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reduce the amount of cleanup required at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site based on new research on the toxicity of the pollution there.

News | Nation | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | Economy | local | Environment

Sea Lion Shuttle Service Not A Substitute For Lethal Removal At Willamette Falls

Wildlife managers have asked for permission to kill sea lions at Willamette Falls to save threatened fish. Their attempts to relocate the animals have not solved the problem.

Energy | News | local | Environment

Regulators Discuss New Plans For Nuclear Waste At Hanford

Federal and state energy regulators will hold back-to-back meetings in Portland on Tuesday for a proposal to reclassify some of the high-level nuclear waste at the Hanford Site in Washington.

News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment

Grand Ronde Launch Upstream Battle To Build A Fishing Platform At Willamette Falls

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde launch a historic effort to build a fishing scaffold at Willamette Falls, but they're facing opposition from other tribes and Portland General Electric.

Food | Nation | Environment

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 | Forestry | local | Environment

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

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 | local | Environment

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 | Sustainability | local | Business | Food | Environment

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.