With Warming Rivers, Salmon Released Early

NWPR/EarthFix | July 02, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week released 6 million fish from two hatcheries that feed into the Columbia River near White Salmon, Washington, about one week ahead of schedule.

Could Urban Trees Become A Source Of Lumber?

OPB/EarthFix | July 02, 2015

Logging trees for lumber happens all the time in Northwest forests. Meanwhile, the trees we cut down in cities are usually chopped up for firewood or mulch. A new movement aims to change that.

Investigation Will Determine If Klamath Irrigators’ Group Misused Federal Funds

OPB/EarthFix | July 02, 2015

The U.S. Interior Department has been ordered to investigate alleged misuse of federal funds that were earmarked to benefit fish and wildlife habitat.

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Railroad Safety Whistleblower Awarded $1.25M In Retaliation Case

OPB/EarthFix | July 2, 2015 2:56 p.m. | Tacoma, Washington

A federal jury says railroad company BNSF retaliated against a whistleblower who brought safety concerns to light.

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Troutdale Superfund Site Starts Phase 2 Improvements

OPB | July 6, 2015 midnight | Portland

An effort to turn one of Oregon’s largest wastelands into new industrial sites appears to be working.

News | local | Environment

Crews Stretch Resources To Suppress Oregon Fires

OPB | July 1, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Fire fighting resources are stretched between two wildfires burning in Central Oregon. 

News | local | Transportation | Environment

ODOT Launches Program That Could Replace Gas Tax

OPB | July 1, 2015 6 a.m. | Portland

Oregonians interested in ditching the gas tax can enroll in the Oregon Department of Transportation's pay-per-mile program Wednesday.

Energy | Environment

Supreme Court Air Pollution Ruling Has Little Effect On Northwest Power Plants

OPB/EarthFix | June 30, 2015 11:52 a.m. | Portland

Monday's Supreme Court decision to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution rules won't have any immediate effect on Northwest power plants, and its long-term effects are still unclear.


Wildfire 'Reburns' Offer Signals Of Forest Recovery

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2015 4 p.m.

Wildfire season in the Northwest has started early this year. Crews are battling the Buckskin fire right now.

News | local | Environment

Firefighters Working To Control Blaze In John Day Fossil Beds

OPB | June 29, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Dayville, Oregon

The Sugarloaf Fire is burning in grassland, juniper, and conifer forest, and was likely ignited by lightning. Part of the wildfire is within the John Day Fossil Beds.


Hatchery Dispute Lands Puget Sound Steelhead In Inland Lake

NWPR/EarthFix | June 29, 2015 2:38 p.m. | Rock Lake, Washington

Puget Sound steelhead will be heading to an inland Washington lake again this summer. That’s because federal officials are conducing a review of those hatchery programs. The controversy is bringing up a lot of debate about hatchery science in the Northwest.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Thousands Of Hatchery Fish Die After Valve Clogs

OPB/EarthFix | June 29, 2015 2:35 p.m.

The entire run of pre-smolt spring Chinook that the Rock Creek Hatchery planned to release next year died when a clogged intake valve cut off their access to fresh water.


Rule Would Put New Mining Claims On Hold In Southwest Oregon Hot Spot

OPB/EarthFix | June 26, 2015 6:23 p.m.

About 100,000 acres of federal land in southwest Oregon would be off-limits to new mining claims under a proposal expected Monday.


Warming Northwest Rivers Raise Risk Of Fish Kills

NWPR/EarthFix | June 26, 2015 5:15 p.m.

Warm temperatures and low river flows are causing problems for salmon making the return migration.


Oregon Environmentalists Use Google Trekker To Track Down Conservation Support

OPB/EarthFix | June 17, 2015

An  Oregon conservation group is hoping to use a new technology to inspire more people to visit and protect public lands.     

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 | June 02, 2015

Growing Oil Train Traffic Is Shrouded In Secrecy

KUOW/EarthFix | June 13, 2015

Railroads share little information about oil train traffic with Washington state. So a former NSA employee has decided to monitor oil trains in his community, noting each one on a website he built.

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