NWPR/EarthFix reporter

Courtney Flatt

Courtney Flatt began her journalism career at The Dallas Morning News as a neighbors editor. There, she also wrote articles for the Metro section, where she reported on community issues ranging from water security to the arts.

Courtney earned her master’s in convergence journalism at the University of Missouri and developed a love for radio and documentary film. As a producer at KBIA-FM she hosted a weekly business show, reported and produced talk shows on community and international issues. Her work took her from the unemployment lines, to a Methamphetamine bust, to the tornado damage aftermath in Joplin, Mo.

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Recent Articles


With Warming Rivers, Salmon Released Early

NWPR/EarthFix | July 2, 2015 2:45 p.m.

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.


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.


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.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Water

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.


How Invasive Plants Threaten Rare Northwest Flowers And Grasslands

NWPR/EarthFix | June 11, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Asotin, Washington

Botanists have discovered several new flowering plants in a Northwest grassland. But they've also found signs that an invasive grass could soon put these rare plants in big trouble.

Animals | Flora and Fauna | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Cinder The Bear Returns To The Wild After Recovery From Burns

NWPR/EarthFix | June 3, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Leavenworth, Washington

 An injured bear that came to symbolize the recovery from Washington's biggest wildfire in history is now back in the forestland of the North Cascades.


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

NWPR/EarthFix | May 27, 2015 5:45 p.m.

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.


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.


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.


Gray Wolf Photographed Near Town In Washington Cascades

NWPR/EarthFix | May 21, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Biologists have confirmed that photos taken near Leavenworth in the Washington Cascades are of a gray wolf. This is the first time a wolf has been documented in this area the Cascades since 2000.


Yakima Valley Dairies Sign Order With Environmental Groups

NWPR/EarthFix | May 20, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Several dairies accused of polluting the groundwater in Washington’s Yakima Valley will now start handling their waste more carefully. That’s because a federal judge has approved an order between environmental groups and dairies.

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

Running Elk Ragged Just To Get Their Antlers

NWPR/EarthFix | May 17, 2015 7:30 p.m. | REDMOND, Ore.

A growing number people head out to wild places in search of the antlers that elk and deer shed. Some of those collectors harass these animals to death by chasing them down with ATVs.


Could Growing Marijuana Outdoors Save Energy?

Northwest Public Radio | May 5, 2015 5:30 p.m.

 A group of Washington marijuana growers are out to demonstrate that sustainable outdoor pot farms could be an environmentally responsible alternative to indoor grow operations.

Environment | News

Retiring Wood Stoves Brings Washington's Air Quality Back In Line

Northwest Public Radio | April 30, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Air pollution caused by wood stoves in Washington is in line with federal clean air requirements for the first time in seven years.


Billionaire Paul Allen Backs Initiative To Punish Wildlife Traffickers

Northwest Public Radio | April 27, 2015 8:45 p.m.

Seattle billionaire Paul Allen wants Washington voters to crack down on wildlife trafficking.


Why There's More Concern For Farmworkers After Pesticide Cancer Study

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Few people come into contact with farm chemicals the way agricultural workers do. That's why a new health report on a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.


Ranchers, Government Agree To Expand Sage Grouse Conservation in Oregon

Northwest Public Radio | March 27, 2015 4 p.m.

Ranchers and the federal government have agreed to a plan that protects virtually all of Oregon’s sage grouse habitat.  Ranchers who sign on would be immune from harsher restrictions if the bird is listed as an endangered species.


Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Northwest Public Radio | March 24, 2015 3:15 p.m.

A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. It's now being considered for the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.


Why The Nuclear Energy World Is Thinking Small

Northwest Public Radio | March 12, 2015 6 p.m. | Richland, Washington

In the world of nuclear power, one technology is generating debate: small modular reactors. These small plants are designed to produce power where it’s needed.


Some See Grizzlies As Good For Ecosystem, Others See Them As Bad Neighbors

Northwest Public Radio | March 8, 2015 11 p.m. | Okanogan, Washington

The debate is underway over reintroducing grizzly bears in Washington's North Cascades. Some say grizzlies are too dangerous to bring back while others say they're critical to the health of the region's ecosystem.

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