Trump's Budget Proposes Selling Off BPA Grid

NWPR/EarthFix | May 24, 2017

President Trump’s proposed budget includes a plan to sell off the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission assets.

Sale Of Storage Tanks Raises Concerns About An Oil Terminal In Oregon

OPB/EarthFix | May 23, 2017

A proposal by Portland General Electric to sell nine oil storage tanks on the lower Columbia River has raised concerns about a potential oil-by-rail terminal in Oregon.

What The Northwest Could Learn From Japan's Eco-Friendly 'Smart Homes'

OPB/EarthFix | May 22, 2017

Japan's "smart homes" combine solar panels, electric cars and batteries not only to save energy but also to supply their own power when disaster strikes.

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Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

OPB | May 23, 2017 10 a.m. | Portland

The Portland Water Bureau learned this month it has lost a key exemption to federal water testing rules, meaning the city must build a water treatment facility.

Environment

Culvert Case Decision A 'Win For Salmon' In Washington

NWPR/EarthFix | May 22, 2017 2:45 p.m.

A big court decision could open up new habitat for salmon in Washington and end up costing the state billions of dollars.

Energy | Environment

BPA Cancels Controversial Transmission Line In SW Washington

OPB/EarthFix | May 18, 2017 11:42 a.m.

A controversial high-voltage transmission line running from East Multnomah County to Southwest Washington has been canceled.

Environment | Agriculture | Sustainability

Weeds And Herbicides Puts An Organic Farm At Odds With Neighboring Growers In Oregon

NWPR/EarthFix | May 17, 2017 9:25 p.m. | Moro, Oregon

Sherman County, Oregon, is debating what to do about a large organic farm accused of letting its weeds spread onto neighboring fields.

Communities | Election | Climate change | Environment

Oregon Voters Could See More Community Rights Measures Going Forward

OPB/EarthFix | May 17, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The concept of community rights stems from the idea that local communities should have say over corporate projects that could cause local harm. 

Science | Climate change | Environment | Water | Technology

Can Seattleā€™s Seawall Defend The City And Protect Salmon, Too?

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 16, 2017 6 p.m. | Seattle

Seattle’s newly constructed seawall is a $410 million infrastructure project that’s doubling as a massive science experiment.

Environment | Sustainability

Would You Compost Your Body? | Terrestrial

KUOW | May 16, 2017 5 a.m.

In the episode of terrestrial, we head to North Carolina to see a body laid to rest, in a compost pile. It was … an experience worth hearing.

Water | Environment | Pacific Ocean

West Coast Transient Orcas Are Booming While Resident Orcas In Salish Sea Struggle

KUOW/EarthFix | May 15, 2017 5:50 p.m. | Seattle

New research shows some of the orca populations that visit the Salish Sea are booming while the orcas who spend most of their time there are suffering. It comes down to what the different orcas eat.

Fish & Wildlife | Politics | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Nation | NW Life | local | Land use | News | Communities

Citizen Advisory Groups React To Trump Administration Suspension

OPB | May 15, 2017 5:45 p.m.

The Interior Department canceled upcoming meetings of  local citizen groups that give input to the Bureau of Land Management on how to manage public lands.

Land | News | Environment | local

Wild Horse Populations In Oregon On The Rise

OPB | May 15, 2017 1:21 p.m.

The figures show there are far more horses than the BLM says the rangelands can handle in balance with other public land uses.

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Can Seattle's Seawall Protect The City's Waterfront While Protecting Fish?

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Birth Defect Investigation Offers No Answers To Grieving Families In E. Washington

NWPR/EarthFix | May 11, 2017

A cluster of fatal birth defects has left several families in Eastern Washington mourning the loss of children they will never know.

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