Category Archives: OPB – Oregon Public Broadcasting

Particulate Pollution | Homeless Students – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Portland Public School Board has voted to reopen Harriet Tubman Middle School to serve North and Northeast Portland. But that’s pending an environmental review, and that might be difficult for a building that sits 20 feet from Interstate 5. Journalist Daniel Forbes fills us in. A recent report from the Oregon Department of Education shows the number […]
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Officials ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Portland Harbor Cleanup After EPA Meeting

A high-ranking EPA official visited Portland to meet with state and local leaders interested in understanding what it means to have the Portland Harbor Superfund Site targeted for immediate attention. Superfund Task Force Chair Albert “Kell” Kelly met with many people interested in understanding what it means to have the Portland Harbor Superfund identified as one of 21 sites […]
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Tug Escorts Needed If Columbia River Oil Tanker Traffic Increases

The risk of oil spills on the Columbia River is very low, a new study into vessel traffic and safety found, but more tethered tug escorts might be needed if marine terminals increase tanker traffic. Less than 5 percent of the 1,400 vessels on the lower stretch of the river each year carry bulk oil […]
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Frogs, Fish And Farmers Feel Out Compromise On Deschutes River

With Central Oregon’s booming population growth, water is an increasingly important resource. And on the Upper Deschutes River, scarce water has become a big problem for wildlife and river habitat. On a crisp fall day, a team of volunteers waded upstream in the Deschutes River in pursuit of fish. Instead of fishing rods, they carried an […]
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Washington Hopes Oregon Will Join I-5 Bridge Replacement Conversation

Washington state lawmakers are moving ahead with an effort to revive a plan to replace the aging Interstate 5 Bridge. They remain hopeful their counterparts in Oregon will join them. Source: Washington Hopes Oregon Will Join I-5 Bridge Replacement Conversation

‘A Lot More Work To Do’ To Recover Snake River Chinook, Steelhead

The federal government announced plans to help three threatened fish in the Snake River Basin. They recommend habitat improvements — but stop short of suggesting breaching the Lower Snake River dams. One of Idaho’s struggling salmon species could eventually become self-sustaining in the wild under the federal government’s new recovery strategies. The two new recovery […]
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Superfund Priorities | Medical Marijuana – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Washington Post environmental reporter Brady Dennis joins us to talk about the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released list of  Superfund “priority” sites where it says it wants to expedite the cleanup. We find out what this could mean for the Willamette River Superfund site in Portland, and more about how the agency is being run […]
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Big Changes Possible For Ecola State Park

As Ecola State Park braces for winter, some issues continue to haunt it, but changes intended to improve the park’s offerings are on the way. Source: Big Changes Possible For Ecola State Park

Australian Drone Engine Maker Opening Factory In Hood River

The unmanned aircraft industry cluster in the Columbia River Gorge is growing yet again. Source: Australian Drone Engine Maker Opening Factory In Hood River

Rosenblum, 17 More Attorneys General Ask FCC To Delay Net Neutrality Vote

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is asking the Federal Communications Commission to delay its decision on net neutrality. Source: Rosenblum, 17 More Attorneys General Ask FCC To Delay Net Neutrality Vote