According to Columbia Riverkeeper staff attorney Audrey Leonard, the government's environmental impact statement for the plan undercounted the upstream and downstream emissions facilitated by the pipeline.
Fast-spreading invasive aquatic mussels are hitching rides on boats, kayaks and jet skis. So, people are working to keep them out of the Columbia River Basin, the only major river basin in the U.S. without an established quagga mussel population.
After wildfires, it can be hard for native plants to come back. That’s why volunteers are planting them and spreading seeds this fall in southeastern Washington, helping sagebrush and wildflowers take root again.
The agency has a history of diving into big construction projects that exceed projected costs, fall short on projected benefits and, in some cases, create new problems that engineers hadn’t bargained for.
The report emphasizes various impacts of climate change on the Northwest, predicting warmer winter temperatures, reduced mountain snowpack, more frequent and severe droughts, increased extreme rainfall, and larger, higher-elevation wildfires.
Since the site closed last year, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been tag-teaming on gauging the level of pollutants and hazards at the shuttered wood-treatment facility.