Algae in Willamette prompts state health warning

Algae in Willamette prompts state health warning

Blue-green algae was spotted floating on the Willamette River Tuesday in Portland, promoting the...

WATERSHED GETS HANDS-ON HELP

WATERSHED GETS HANDS-ON HELP

They came, 450 strong, and headed down the Clackamas River on rafts, kayaks and rowboats. Two...

First big Superfund habitat restoration begins

First big Superfund habitat restoration begins

On the southern tip of Sauvie Island, an old farm and sawmill property is being handed back to...

All-time record set for fall chinook passing Bonneville Dam in a single day

All-time record set for fall chinook passing Bonneville Dam in a single day

A record number of adult fall chinook salmon climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam on...

Probe into massive bee die-off leaves owners, experts puzzled

Probe into massive bee die-off leaves owners, experts puzzled

Four Clackamas County beekeepers may never know what killed their bees June 18. “I came...

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September 16, 2014

Canoe the slough by night

by Virginia Werner
Glow sticks will light the way along the Columbia Slough, a narrow waterway in the floodplain of the Columbia river, in a guided Twilight Canoe tour offered by the The Columbia Slough Watershed…
September 15, 2014

Feds put review of coal facility on hold

by Steve Law
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended its review of Ambre Energy’s Coyote Springs coal export proposal on the Columbia River, in light of the Oregon Department of State Lands decision to…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF SHANE ANDERSON - Documentary details plight of steelhead in Northwest
September 15, 2014

Film highlights plight of endangered steelhead

by Virginia Werner
A new documentary film on endangered wild steelhead trout, “Wild Reverence: the Wild Steelheads Last Stand,” will be shown one night in Portland, as it swims its way along on its West Coast…
September 12, 2014

Tualatin River clean enough to use for beer

by Kendra Hogue
Beer maker Ted Assur took the top prize last week in the inaugural challenge to create beer from Tualatin River water. Assur's Vox Max Belgian earned the $150 prize and bragging rights for being…
September 12, 2014

Activists plan regional Social Forum in Portland

by Steve Law
Environmental and social justice activists from several states and provinces will come to Portland for a three-day event dubbed the Pacific Northwest Social Forum. The event takes place Sept. 26…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT  - Rocks are collected by Human Access Project volunteers trying to create a new swimmable beach on the east bank of the Willamette River, near the Hawthorne Bridge. The nonprofit is leading a tour to scout out new ways to swim on the river in downtown Portland.
September 12, 2014

Take a river cruise and help inspire new swimming holes on the…

by Steve Law
Portlanders can help shape the next generation of swimming holes on the Willamette River — on an early-evening cruise aboard the Willamette Star. The Human Access Project is organizing the…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JENNIFER ANDERSON - Craft brewers in Oregon and beyond rely on the bounty from hops farms in the Willamette Valley. Fall harvest is wrapping up right about now.
September 11, 2014

Farmers go out on limb to grow organic hops

by Jennifer Anderson
The aroma — a mix of freshly cut grass, pine needles and, strangely enough, watermelon — is sharp and pungent, immediately recognizable to any beer connoisseur. A three-story 1964 picking…
September 11, 2014

Feds slow to respond to state GMO task force

by Mateusz Perkowski
Federal authorities have been slow to answer questions about genetic engineering regulations asked by an Oregon task force assembled by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Kitzhaber launched the task force…
September 11, 2014

Tell Metro your ideas to cut greenhouse gases

by Jim Redden
The Portland region is well on its way toward meeting ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the Oregon Legislature. The good news is, plans already adopted or under serious…
September 11, 2014

Website makes it easy to see if solar will work, and pay off,…

by Steve Law
System available in select cities in Washington County. Ever wonder how much electricity you could produce with solar panels on your rooftop? A new online tool called Mapdwell Solar System can…
Sep 10, 2014

Want to change your (ungreen) ways?

by Steve Law
Are you procrastinating on making changes in your lifestyle that you know will help the planet? Northwest Earth Institute is sponsoring its annual EcoChallenge next month, and it’s a perfect…
Sep 10, 2014

Celebrate child's play - and how to get kids out in nature

by Steve Law
Playing outdoors helps our spirits and our bodies, yet today’s generation of children spends half as much time doing it as their parents did. To draw attention to this alarming trend, a variety…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF TUGG - Documentary to be aired locally, if enough advance tickets are sold.
Sep 10, 2014

"Cowspiracy" documentary to be shown locally, maybe

by Steve Law
A feature-length documentary called “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” will be shown Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Century 16 Eastport Plaza theatre at 4040 S.E. 82nd Ave., but…
Sep 09, 2014

Urban vote key to GMO campaign

by Mateusz Perkowski
The fate of Oregon’s genetically modified organism labeling initiative will hinge on whether heavy spending by opponents can overcome the liberal leanings of urban voters, experts say. Dueling…
Sep 08, 2014

Coal exporter, Port of Morrow, seek to overturn state denial of…

by Steve Law
Ambre Energy and the Port of Morrow in Boardman both filed appeals Monday against the state Department of State Lands decision rejecting a permit for Ambre’s coal export facility at the port.…
Sep 08, 2014

Climate activists stage local events in solidarity with People's…

by Steve Law
Local activists will rally in downtown Portland and elsewhere in Oregon on Sunday, Sept. 21, as part of a global action to promote clean energy and avert climate change. The Portland event takes…
Sep 02, 2014

Northwest climate scientists say humans causing region to grow…

by Steve Law
Regional climate scientists, studying temperatures and other weather factors since 1901, concluded that humans have caused the Pacific Northwest to warm by an of 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the…
Sep 02, 2014

Large propane terminal proposed for Portland

by Jim Redden
A Canadian company wants to build a major rail-based propane storage and export terminal in Portland that could receive approximately 37,000 barrels a year by 2018, the Port of Portland…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO BY CHRISTOPER ONSTOTT  - Edwin Castillo reads aloud during Daren Zook's sixth-grade class in one of Rigler School's 1940s-era portable classrooms. A team led by PSU architecture professors designed a 'green portable' to offer a better learning atmosphere with an improved environment for students.
Sep 02, 2014

First PSU-designed green portable classrooms go into service in…

by Steve Law
As students file back into school this fall, some will be studying in green modular classrooms designed at Portland State University. The first batch of the innovative portable classrooms are…
Aug 30, 2014

Coal-dock funding denial satisfies neither side

by Peter Wong
Advocates: Project should not have been singled out; opponents say panel should have rejected 2 others. Both sides have criticized the Oregon Transportation Commission in connection with its…