Hatchery Dispute Lands Puget Sound Steelhead In Inland Lake

NWPR/EarthFix | June 29, 2015

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.

Drought In Wash. Could Bring More Sting To A Government Shutdown

NWPR/EarthFix | June 23, 2015

Washington lawmakers have until next week to pin down a budget. If they don’t, parts of state government will shut down. In the midst of a drought, that could have ramifications for farmers and for fish.

Coastal Algae Bloom Is Proving Toxic For Washington Crabbers' Bottom Line

KUOW/EarthFix | June 25, 2015

Harvesting Dungeness crab and razor clams is a major economic driver in coastal communities in the Northwest. What happens when it’s shut down because of toxic algae?

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Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Drought In Wash. Could Bring More Sting To A Government Shutdown

NWPR/EarthFix | June 23, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Washington lawmakers have until next week to pin down a budget. If they don’t, parts of state government will shut down. In the midst of a drought, that could have ramifications for farmers and for fish.

News | Environment | local

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.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

News | Environment

Oregon Firefighter Trains For A Big Season

OPB | June 25, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Across the West, wildland firefighters are preparing for a busy season and a hot, dry summer. We followed one new firefighter for a day of field training near Redmond.

News | Environment | local | Politics

Pressed For Time, Senate Abandons Transportation Package

OPB | June 25, 2015 11:30 a.m. | Portland

The $343.5 million transportation funding package to cover road and transportation updates didn't make it out of the Oregon Senate.

Forestry | News | Environment | local

Public Input To End On Timber Sale Near Oregon Gulch Fire

OPB | June 25, 2015 11:01 a.m. | Portland

The public comment period for the New Hayden Fox vegetation treatment project ends Friday.

Environment | Energy

5 Things To Know About The Push To Repeal Oregon's Clean Fuels Bill

OPB/EarthFix | June 24, 2015 9:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon lawmakers are considering a $343.5 million transportation package that would repeal the clean fuels requirement signed into law earlier this year. Here are five things to know about this proposal.

News | Environment | local

Fire Officials 'Ramping Up' Resources For Hot Weekend

OPB | June 24, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Hot weather is coming to the region this weekend, which concerns fire officials. As a precaution, fire managers say they're ramping up resources in anticipation for more blazes.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Judge To Hear Arguments On Columbia River Dams And Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | June 22, 2015 4:15 p.m. | Portland

The longstanding legal battle over maintaining dams and salmon in the Columbia River is back in court this week. On Tuesday, a new judge will hear arguments on the Obama administration's latest salmon plan.

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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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