Long history of Johnson Creek pollution winds back to Precision Castparts

Long history of Johnson Creek pollution winds back to Precision Castparts

Johnson Creek begins its 26-mile journey from pristine headwaters in the Cascade foothills near...

Meriwether Lewis's journals show region's flowers bloomed later in those days

Meriwether Lewis's journals show region's flowers bloomed later in those days

In early March 1806, the Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark waited out...

Does 'Leave no Trace' include a golf course?

Does 'Leave no Trace' include a golf course?

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Protesters target Precision Castparts

Protesters target Precision Castparts

After battling two small eastside glass makers over toxic air emissions, Southeast Portland...

PCC making the grade with Bees

PCC making the grade with Bees

Colleges usually strive for A grades, but Portland Community College is achieving recognition...

Commercial gillnetters want state ban tossed out

Commercial gillnetters want state ban tossed out

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Sustainable Life Section

May 03, 2016

Made in the shade: Looking at the link between urban trees and health

by John Kirkland, Portland State Magazine
Journalist William Vaughan once called suburbia the place where the developer bulldozes the trees, then names the streets after them. The same is true for cities. After all, how many oak trees do you see on Portland’s Oak Street? Doing away with…
May 03, 2016

Green Dilemma: gas vs. electric lawnmowers

by Jo Ostgarden
Lawns keep us cool, capture rainwater and reduce runoff. They also soak up carbon, capture particulates and produce oxygen. So it makes sense to avoid using pollutants on them. Manual-reel (push) mowers are the most sustainable, carbon-reducing way…
COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 - A helicopter sprays a biological insecticide during a gypsy moth operation in North Portland that ended May 2. Oregon ag officials believe a public information campaign dampened opposition.
May 03, 2016

Aerial spraying around Portland avoids hullabaloo

by Eric Mortenson/Capital Bureau
Government helicopters spraying pesticides over funky neighborhoods in a liberal city would seem a recipe for outrage. But the Oregon Department of Agriculture completed its gypsy moth eradication campaign over North Portland May 2 without much…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - An environmental group claims Oregon lawmakers misrepresented provisions of a bill adopted by the Legislature that removed wolves from the endangered species list.
May 03, 2016

Environmental group says lawmakers misrepresented bill to delist wolves

by George Plaven/EO Media Group
The environmental group Cascadia Wildlands is accusing three Oregon lawmakers of knowingly misrepresenting a bill that ratified the state’s decision to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. The complaint was filed Monday with the…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Hot Mama Salsa's Nikki Guerrero at her Northeast Portland kitchen.
May 03, 2016

PORTLAND'S HOT MAMA

by Jennifer Anderson
Nikki Guerrero is building a business built on spicy soul food. Anyone can find tomatoes, spices and peppers at the store, toss it together and call it salsa. That’s never been good enough for Nikki Guerrero. Since starting Hot Mama Salsa in North…
May 02, 2016

Powell Butte Eco-Blitz to be held

by Lyndsey Hewitt
In part of an ongoing, region-wide Eco-Blitz Series to find and collect data on the Portland-Vancouver metro area’s wildlife, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Portland Parks and Recreation and National Park Service are hosting an Eco-Blitz on Powell…
May 02, 2016

Registration open for Johnson Creek Science Symposium and celebration

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Registration is open for the Johnson Creek Science Symposium and Annual Celebration, happening on May 26 at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. The symposium will take place in the Performing Arts building in the from 1-5 p.m. The symposium…
May 02, 2016

Oregon startup receives $3 million to fund natural gas refueling tech development

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Onboard Dynamics — an innovator in compressed natural gas refueling — has received $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, Portland Seed Fund, NW Natural and other utilities and private investors.…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - SCRAP PDX director Elizabeth Start is excited for the new downtown space, which officially opened in January.
April 19, 2016

Less junk, more treasure makesSCRAP get scrappier

by Jennifer Anderson
From rubber bands and pompoms to carpet squares, old maps and photographs, the floorspace at SCRAP is filled with the remnants of our daily lives. Since 2009, the nonprofit shop has been a haven for children, artists, designers, crafters or anyone…
COURTESY OREGON ZOO - A western painted turtle basks on a rock at the Oregon Zoo's Cascade Stream and Pond habitat. With an assist from the zoo's Future for Wildlife program, conservationists are working to save native Oregon turtles at the Sandy River Delta.
April 19, 2016

Turtles get protective fence to help find nests

by Jennifer Anderson
Conservation specialists are setting up temporary fences this month at the Sandy River Delta Park in Troutdale — where turtles soon will be looking for safe nesting places. The fences are intended to keep the people (about 100,000 annual visitors)…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Bundles of paper and cardboard await recycling at a local plant. Oregon ranked No. 4 on WalletHub's list of the greenest states.
Apr 19, 2016

Yeah, we're green, just not the 'greenest' state

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon’s green, sure, but is it the greenest state in the nation? Nope. Not according to a new WalletHub analysis, which puts the Sustainable Beaver State at No. 4 on its Greenest States list.…
Apr 16, 2016

Volunteers needed to help restore Wilkes Creek Headwaters

by Lyndsey Hewitt
Columbia Slough Watershed Council is celebrating Earth Day this year by helping to restore Wilkes Creek Headwaters. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23 at Wilkes Creek…
Apr 15, 2016

Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers for work party

by Lyndsey Hewitt
The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help at a work party on Saturday, April 30. The party is aimed at preserving Cascade Head Preserve. Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry…
Apr 15, 2016

StreamTeam hosts Earth Day in Clark County

by Steve Law
Residents in the Clark County area are invited to the annual EarthDayFest at the Salmon Creek Greenway, presented by the StreamTeam at Clark Public Utilities. The 17th annual event takes place…
Apr 14, 2016

ODOE has $6 million in tax credits available to fund alternative…

by Lyndsey Hewitt
The Oregon Department of Energy has announced that it has up to $6 million in state tax credits available to fund alternative fuel vehicle fleet projects. Alternative fuel vehicle…
Apr 08, 2016

EcoFilm Festival screens Baraka for Earth Day

by Steve Law
The Hollywood Theatre will offer special screenings of the 70-millimeter film Baraka as part of its year-round Portland EcoFilm Festival, in honor of Earth Day. The 1992 documentary, shot from…
Apr 08, 2016

Oregon Garden hosts Earth Day festival

by Steve Law
The Oregon Garden, in the Silverton area, hosts its 17th annual Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is Clean Water, Clear Skies. The event features…
May 17, 2016

EPA delays release of Portland Harbor Superfund plan until May

by Steve Law
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it will delay its expected release of a cleanup plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund site for three weeks. Mark MacIntyre, EPA…
Apr 06, 2016

Historic deal signed for Klamath River Basin

by Steve Law
Two governors named Brown, the heads of two federal departments, and a leading Northwest electric utility inked a historic agreement Wednesday that will result in four dams being removed from…
Apr 05, 2016

Come to the Park Blocks to celebrate Earth Day

by Steve Law
Portland State University’s Environmental Club will host an Earth Day Festival on Friday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the South Park Blocks next to the campus. More than 1,500 people…