Planting trees via drones

Planting trees via drones

DroneSeed can fire pellets of seeds into the soil from the sky. Grant Canary says planting...

Greenies, ranchers find common ground in Harney County

Greenies, ranchers find common ground in Harney County

Editor's note: With all the recent talk about conflict between ranchers and environmentalists in...

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission tours former Blue Heron paper mill

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission tours former Blue Heron paper mill

Many local tribal leaders recently got their first opportunity to tour the former Blue Heron...

Ride on the Sun -powered Zoo Train

Ride on the Sun -powered Zoo Train

Take the tots on an educational afternoon out to learn about animal life and environmental...

Judge strikes down Josephine County's GMO ban

Judge strikes down Josephine County's GMO ban

A prohibition against genetically engineered crops in Oregon’s Josephine County has been...

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Sustainable Life Section

June 28, 2016

Want to help write new state air quality regulations?

by Steve Law
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority are seeking 10 volunteers to serve on an advisory committee helping devise rules for the new Cleaner Air Oregon Regulatory Reform effort. Applicants should fit one of the…
COURTESY HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT - Paddlers enjoy the Big Float on the Willamette River. The sixth-annual party on the river is July 10.
June 24, 2016

Big Float waves into Portland on July 10

by Steve Law
The Big Float is returning to the Willamette River on July 10. Now in its sixth year, the Big Float is a party on the river in downtown Portland. A flotilla of people on inner tubes paddle or float down the river together. When the float is done,…
COURTESY XERCES SOCIETY - An elusive rusty patched bumble bee.
June 24, 2016

Nature photographer seeks footage of elusive endangered bees

by Steve Law
A new short film has been released about the rusty patched bumble bee, which is being considered for endangered species protection. Nature photographer Clay Bolt were on a multi-year quest to tell the story of the native bees, and the result was the…
June 22, 2016

Superfund expert says natural recovery won't work to clean up Portland Harbor

by Bianca Pahl
The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group held a public forum Tuesday night at Hariet Tubman Middle School to provide a better understanding for the community about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund plan to decontaminate certain…
June 21, 2016

Community begins to mobilize around EPA cleanup plan for polluted Portland Harbor Superfund…

by Steve Law
A round of public forums begins tonight on the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group hosts a forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, featuring Dr. Peter deFur, a noted Superfund…
June 19, 2016

More NW E-Waste Recyclers Found Exporting

by Ken Christensen
(Oregon Public Broadcasting) — Businesses in Washington state's e-waste recycling program haven't been properly recycling all of the old electronics they collect, a Seattle-based watchdog group said Monday. The non-profit Basel Action Network found…
June 16, 2016

ODOT asks for moratorium on oil trains

by Paris Achen
The Oregon Department of Transportation has asked the federal government to put a moratorium on oil trains in the Columbia Gorge and certain other parts of the state over concerns about inadequate inspections. The request follows the oil train…
June 11, 2016

Study uses citizens to monitor climate data

by Steve Law
A study led by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University is deploying tens of thousands of "citizen scientists" to help researchers improve predictions about regional climate. The data, obtained through a project called…
June 11, 2016

Fear not, all those water bottles in Portland Public Schools can get recycled

by Steve Law
The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative is helping Portland Public Schools collect and recycle water bottles after the school district resorted to distributing plastic water bottles amid concerns over lead in some schools’ water supply. The…
PHOTO  COURTESY WILLAMETTE RIVERKEEPER - EPA proposed a plan to finally clean up a 10-mile polluted stretch of the Willamette River on Wednesday, in one of the most complex projects ever done under the Superfund program.
June 08, 2016

EPA finally releases proposed Superfund cleanup plan, with lower cost estimates

by Steve Law
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed a seven-year plan to finally clean up the 10-mile Portland Harbor Superfund site, at an estimated cost of $746 million. EPA officials, in a conference call with reporters, said they made few…
Jun 02, 2016

McKibben cancels one Portland address but not the second one

by Steve Law
Climate change activist Bill McKibben will speak in Portland at a World Affairs Council forum on June 16, though he canceled a second appearance here originally scheduled for the next day.…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHERYL REYNOLDS WORTH A DAM - The North American beaver — Castor canadensis — is Oregons official state animal.
Jun 07, 2016

Nature's engineers

by Jo Ostgarden
Oft misunderstood, beavers toil as water managers and more When someone is exceptionally industrious, they’re often referred to as being “busy as a beaver.” As commendable as that sounds, the…
COURTESY PHOTO - AmeriCorp member Jordan Breasseale teaches fifth-grader Ghaira Motley the slip knot technique needed to crochet plarn into a sleeping mat as part of an after-school program at Margaret Scott Elementary School.
Jun 07, 2016

Students weave kindness into community

by Mara Stine
Repurposed plastic grocery bags become ecofriendly sleeping mats for homeless It's Wednesday afternoon at Margaret Scott Elementary School in outer Northeast Portland, and 15 small heads are…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Aaron Koch of Treehouse Chocolate is going on a motorcycle tour of Oregon to spread the word about his drinking chocolate.
Jun 07, 2016

Treehouse Chocolate branches out

by Jennifer Anderson
In the next few weeks, Aaron Koch will set off by motorcycle sidecar on an epic 10-day road trip across Oregon. He’ll have a load of his artisanal product — single-serve pouches of drinking…
COURTESY COLUMBIA RIVERKEEPER - A large black plume of smoke was observed in Mosier, in the Columbia River Gorge, Friday afternoon, after a train reportedly carrying crude oil derailed.
Jun 03, 2016

Oil train derails in Columbia River Gorge

by Steve Law
A train carrying crude oil derailed near Mosier, east of Hood River, in the Columbia River Gorge on Friday afternoon. Gov. Kate Brown asked travelers to seek alternate routes until the accident…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Bruce Broussard repeatedly asks Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith if she thinks that she deserves to keep her job during a townhall to address recent findings of lead in various district buildings' water supplies.
Jun 02, 2016

Portland superintendent defends her job to parents angry about…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Superintendent Carole Smith faced heated questions about why she should be allowed to keep her job as parents, teachers and community members packed a gym at Rose City Park School for a…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Free water sits next to a protestor's sign at a Wednesday evening Town Hall meeting to address lead in the Portland Public Schools' water supply.
Jun 02, 2016

Radon found in Portland schools on the heels of lead scare

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Parents of Portland Public Schools children have something else to worry about this week: Radon gas. Coming in the midst of a controversy of elevated lead levels in PPS water fixtures, the…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHEHALEM PARK AND RECREATION DISTRICT - It was a muddy Earth Day on April 22, but that didn't deter Newberg High School students from helping plant hundreds of Oregon white oak trees as part of a restoration project mitigating the effects of the Newberg-Dundee bypass.
Jun 02, 2016

High school students plant for the future

by Colin Staub
While the construction of a large new highway might not seem associated with improving the natural environment, the Newberg-Dundee bypass project is ironically bringing about the restoration of…
Jun 01, 2016

Public forum planned on EPA's Superfund cleanup plan

by Steve Law
With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally set to release its cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site on June 8, community and environmental groups are planning a public…
May 27, 2016

Superfund cleanup plan coming out June 8

by Steve Law
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will finally release a mammoth plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site on Wednesday, June 8. Delayed several times, the proposed cleanup…