Tag Archives: Environment

Our view: Environment vs. economy

Oregon’s environment and economy are in a political battle. The saving grace may be a new legislative committee, which House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney are forming to find a solution. The issue is legislation dubbed “Clean Energy Jobs” by its supporters and derided as “Tax and Job Loss” by its opponents […]
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Sterling Reputation

On a recent visit to Baker City, a Chicago woman shined the spotlight on Baker High School students and their teacher who have quietly been conducting studies in their hometown, interviewing community residents and working to improve contaminated properties with little notoriety. Well … except for that Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators presented to […]
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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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A Disappointing Legislative Session For Oregon Environmentalists

Paige Spence spread a few sheets of paper across her desk at the Oregon Conservation Network, listing out her organization’s goals for the recently adjourned 2017 legislature. She made a mark for everything that passed, and drew an “X” by everything that didn’t. The first page has losses, but also a few wins. The next […]
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Oregon’s environment is counting on us to work together (Guest opinion)

The Oregon Legislature achieved a big step this session by passing a comprehensive transportation package. While the transportation plan isn’t perfect, it takes significant steps toward cleaning up our air and reducing our state’s carbon footprint. Cars and trucks contribute 40 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in our state and are a major source […]
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Legislature 2017: Losses far outweigh wins on energy, the environment

After last year’s short session produced the historic Coal to Clean bill, the thinking was that lawmakers this year would be focused on a handful of revenue-related issues, leaving little room for big moves on energy and the environment. That turned out to be true. Plus, the state’s tight budget claimed a significant victim, as […]
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New Federal Effort Tries To ‘Save Our Dams’ Along Snake River

A new bill in Congress would make sure Washington’s four lower Snake River dams stay standing. It’s push back against a recent court order to find “a new approach” to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. Source: New Federal Effort Tries To ‘Save Our Dams’ Along Snake River | Northwest Public Radio

Developer fined for Rickreall Creek pollution

State environmental regulators have fined Wilson Property Investments $12,776 for violating its stormwater permit at the Country View Estates subdivision at the end of Shetterly Drive in Dallas. Source: Developer fined for Rickreall Creek pollution

Reducing Oregon’s diesel emissions should be a priority | Guest opinion

Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest for the trees. This is especially true when considering the benefits of Senate Bill 1008 for improving air quality in Oregon. Source: Reducing Oregon’s diesel emissions should be a priority (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

Oregon DEQ fines Yoncalla nearly $21,000, alleging false wastewater reports, other environmental violations at sewage treatment plant

Bogus data, high levels of E. coli and late wastewater reports might cost a small Douglas County city nearly $21,000 in fines, according to state environmental regulators. Source: Oregon DEQ fines Yoncalla nearly $21,000, alleging false wastewater reports, other environmental violations at sewage treatment plant | Local | Eugene, Oregon