Go Undercover With Northwest Shellfish Detectives

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 26, 2015

Poachers are illegally harvesting and selling Puget Sound shellfish in back-alley deals. Detectives are on the case, trying to protect natural resources and public health.

NW Push For Clean Fuels Could Mean More Crude, New Refinery

OPB | May 26, 2015

The push for cleaner fuels in Oregon and Washington has led to proposals that would bring the region more crude oil and a new refinery along the Columbia River.

3 Things To Know About Protecting The West's Greater Sage Grouse

NWPR/EarthFix | May 27, 2015

The greater sage grouse is an iconic bird with habitat throughout 11 Western states. By the end of this September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a decision about whether to add the bird to the Endangered Species List.

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Family Foresters Nervously Eye Possible New Logging Rules

Jefferson Public Radio | May 26, 2015 12:05 p.m.

The federal government has been telling Oregon for over a decade that its rules to protect threatened coastal salmon are not up to snuff. Now, the state is faced with a loss of federal dollars unless it gets with the program.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Officials Start Killing Columbia River Cormorants

OPB/EarthFix | May 26, 2015 5 p.m.

Officials started killing cormorants at the mouth of the Columbia River over Memorial Day weekend, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Environment | News | Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Demand For Super-Sized Clams Keeps Poachers & Cops Busy

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 22, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Big money and human health are at stake when it comes to Puget Sound's most lucrative clams and the people charged with protecting them.


The Olympic Peninsula Faces A Summer Without Snowmelt

KUOW | May 28, 2015 4:48 p.m.

The peaks of the Olympic Mountains are a familiar sight on the western horizon for people in the Puget Sound region. Well into summer, those mountains are usually snowy white. But not this year.

Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Flora and Fauna | Environment

BLM Lays Out Strategy To Protect Sage Grouse Across The West

OPB | May 28, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management releases new plans for managing sage grouse habitat across public lands in Oregon, Idaho and eight other Western states.


Obama Administration Finalizes Clean Water Rule

NWPR/EarthFix | May 27, 2015 1:45 p.m.

The Obama Administration Wednesday announced a new clean water rule. The Environmental Protection Agency says it will help limit pollution in streams and wetlands.

Energy | local | Environment | Forestry

Can Carbon Markets Help Oregon's Small Forests?

Jefferson Public Radio | May 26, 2015 3:33 p.m.

When cancer comes calling, what if owners of small forest plots had another choice but to sell or to cut. That’s the premise of a pilot program being launched in Washington and Columbia counties of northwest Oregon.

local | Land | Environment | Forestry

The Future is Now for Three Small Forests In Oregon

Jefferson Public Radio | May 26, 2015 2:50 p.m.

Some of Oregon’s forest owners are seeking innovative ways to make a living off their land without logging it hard.

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Drought Conditions Are Sucking The Fun Out of Northwest Reservoirs

OPB | May 22, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Many lakes levels are lower this spring than they’ve been in 30 years. That's not just bad news for irrigators and fish. It means many boaters and anglers will be high and dry this summer.


South Seattle Residents Complain of Industrial Dust

OPB | May 22, 2015 5 p.m. | SEATTLE

Residents of an industrial neighborhood in Seattle say clouds of harmful dust from a recycling operation have been stinging their eyes, coating their tongues, and at times, making it difficult to breathe.


Northwest Farmers Wary About Obama's Expected Water Rule

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The Obama Administration is expected to announce a new clean water rule in the next few days, which has some Northwest farm groups worried what new regulations could mean for their operations.

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Governor Declares 8 Additional Counties In Drought Emergencies

OPB | May 22, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown declared drought emergencies in eight additional counties around Oregon Friday, bringing the total this year to 15.

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How To Scare A Sea Lion: Bring In The (Fake) Orca

OPB | May 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | Portland

Astoria officials and locals have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to get rid of the ubiquitous barking sea lions that have arrived by the thousands this year on the city's docks. But now, the city may be bringing in the big guns, or should I say, whale.


Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Wrongdoers are profiting from their deadly exploitation of Northwest wildlife, from elk and deer to sturgeon and shellfish. But law enforcement and private citizens are out to stop these crimes against nature.

Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report | May 23, 2015

What A Waste: A Special Report

Why We Have To Stop Throwing Food Away

What A Waste: A Special Report | April 16, 2015

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