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

News | Water | Environment | local | Energy

Why The Northwest Is Debating Dams On The Snake River (Again)

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 21, 2016 6 a.m. | Lewiston, Idaho

A longstanding debate — removing or altering the four lower Snake River dams — is back in the discussion about protect fish while still doing what’s best for all interests along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

Food | Water | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Washington's Fish Consumption Pollution Standards Win Partial Approval From EPA

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 15, 2016 2:32 p.m.

People who eat fish from Washington state waters will be protected by a combination of new federal and state pollution rules.


Conservation Groups Ask For Changes To Snake River Dams Hearings

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 14, 2016 4:45 p.m.

Conservationists and fishing groups worry their voices aren’t being heard during public hearings about the future of southeastern Washington's Snake River dams.

Environment | Energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Opponents Hail Track Expansion Defeat In Columbia Gorge

NWPR/EarthFix | Nov. 4, 2016 1 p.m.

Northwest oil train opponents are celebrating  after a county in the Columbia River Gorge rejected a track-expansion request from Union Pacific Railroad.


New Plan Aims To Recover Threatened Snake River Salmon

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 27, 2016 4 p.m. | Richland, Washington

Federal fish managers have released a new recovery plan for threatened spring and summer chinook and steelhead on the Snake River. The plan comes during renewed debate over whether the river’s dams should be removed.


Taking Down Snake River Dams: It's Back On The Table

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 21, 2016 4:45 p.m.

Starting Monday people will get a chance to weigh-in on whether four dams should come down on the lower Snake River. They’re facing renewed scrutiny because of a court-ordered analysis.


Hanford Workers' Skin Exposed To Radioactive Waste

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 19, 2016 5:15 p.m.

At least 10 Hanford workers were exposed to radioactive waste Tuesday at the nuclear cleanup site’s tank farm in southeast Washington.

Water | Environment

In Waitsburg, A Proposed Water Bottling Plant Creates Division

Northwest Public Radio | Aug. 16, 2016 12:40 p.m. | Waitsburg, Washington

Nestle is looking to build a commercial water bottling plant in the Northwest. Its most recent pitch is to the town of Waitsburg, Washington. The plan is tying the small community in knots.

News | local | Politics | Election | Communities

Washington ACLU Files Voting Rights Lawsuit Against Pasco

Northwest News Network | Aug. 4, 2016 4:40 p.m.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday the group alleges that the city is violating elections laws by not giving Latinos a fair voice in the current election system.


Nestle Stirs Controversy With New Plan For Northwest Water Bottling Plant

Northwest Public Radio | Aug. 4, 2016 12:40 p.m.

After residents said no to building a water bottling plant in Hood County, Oregon, Nestlé shifts focus to another small town.

News | local

Crews Say Drones Hamper Firefighting Efforts

Northwest News Network | Aug. 1, 2016 4:45 p.m.

More than 100 crew members are working to keep a wildfire in southwest Washington from spreading. But they say something could slow that work down: drones.

News | Environment | Land | local

Wildfire Season Blazes Into The Northwest

Northwest News Network | Aug. 1, 2016 6:30 a.m.

Several wildfires have broken out throughout Washington and Oregon this weekend after high heat, low humidity and strong winds picked up.

Air | Environment | Climate change | Health

Researchers To Study How Climate Change Affects Air Quality

Northwest Public Radio | April 13, 2016 2:49 p.m.

New research could help scientists learn more about things that influence  air quality throughout the Western United States, such as climate change and the rise in wildfires and pollution.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Wildlife Officer Speaks Dutch, Has 4 Legs And A Tail

Northwest Public Radio | Jan. 13, 2016 12:47 p.m.

A wildlife officer now has a new companion to keep him company on the trails: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's very first enforcement dog in the Northwest.


New Rice Could Help Reduce Global Greenhouse Gases

Northwest Public Radio | Dec. 16, 2015 noon

Rice paddies are one of the biggest sources of global methane emissions — a potent greenhouse gas. Now, researchers have found a way to nearly eliminate methane emissions from rice paddies.

Flora and Fauna | Environment | Land

Washington Inmates Help Restore Greater Sage Grouse Habitat

Northwest Public Radio | Nov. 6, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Inmates at a Washington prison are the first in the nation to  grow sagebrush that can be used to restore an ecosystem that's vital for the survival of a native bird called the greater sage grouse.

Environment | Land use | Agriculture | Land | Communities

Contaminated Soil Lingers Where Apples Once Grew

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight | Yakima, Washington

At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.

Health | Land use | Environment | Land | Agriculture | Communities

Tips For Staying Safe Around Contaminated Soil

NWPR/EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Here are some tips from a soil scientist on how to avoid potential exposure if you think soil in your yard might be contaminated by old pesticides.

History | Land use | Environment | Land | Agriculture | Communities

How A Banned Chemical Helped Clean Up Washington’s Orchards

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

DDT was banned in 1972 because of its harm to human health and the environment. DDT can take more than 15 years to break down in the environment, meaning it leaves a toxic trace for many years. But when it replaced lead arsenate in the late 1940s, “DDT was the savior.”

History | Land use | Science | Environment | Land | Agriculture | Communities

NW Officials Aren’t Testing Yards Suspected Of Lead And Arsenic Contamination. So We Did.

EarthFix | Oct. 12, 2015 midnight

Using a grant from the Fund for Environmental Journalism, EarthFix sampled and tested soil from 30 properties in Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington and Hood River in Oregon.

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