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State could force water treatment plant at Bull Run after parasite found in multiple water samples

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Sustainable Life Section

COURTESY PORT OF PORTLAND  - The Port of Portland hopes to get an earlier start cleaning up contamination in the Swan Island Lagoon, pictured here.
February 16, 2017

City and state seek to seize Superfund initiative

by Steve Law
With EPA in limbo, work may begin on smaller harbor site, if polluters are found that are willing to step up and pay the costs
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The possible alignments have been identified by City staff and consultants (shown in yellow and blue) with several possible bridge locations (shown in red) identified.
February 10, 2017

FRENCH PRAIRIE BRIDGE PLANNING LAUNCHED

by Claire Green
Wilsonville debates a pedestrian, bicycle and transit bridge over the Willamette, a la Tillicum Crossing in Portland
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Duke Castle, co-founder of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, addresses the crowd at last week's Beyond Green Building event at the Holy Names Center in Lake Oswego.
February 14, 2017

Going 'beyond green building' in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
School district considering new 'net zero' buidings but a higher priority is making sure its new facilities can be safe during earthquakes
COURTESY: XERCES SOCIETY - Rusty patch bumble bees, an important pollinator of plants in the United States, won't be listed as endangered just yet, due to an order by President Donald Trump.
February 10, 2017

Bee listing delayed by Trump

by Steve Law
Executive order freezing federal regulations ensnares efforts to list rusty patch bumble bee on Endangered Species List
EO MEDIA GROUP - Critics of GMO crops, such as Roundup Ready alfalfa, are proposing legislation that would turn back Oregon's preemption on local government regulation of genetically engineered crops.
February 09, 2017

Bill seeks reversal of preemption of local GMO regulations

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Critics of biotech seeds and plants want to be free to ban them in counties, since the state hasn't taken up its own regulations
February 09, 2017

Oregon lawmakers consider stronger invasive mussel defenses

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Invaders, which can enter the environment via boats or kayaks, can clog irrigation intakes and disrupt native fish habitats
February 09, 2017

OSU nudges toward divestment of some of its fossil fuel holdings

by Steve Law
Trustees support sell-off of oil, gas and coal stocks from holdings managed by state, and create avenue for university donors to put money in fossil fuel-free portfolio
COURTESY NORTHWEST EARTH INSTITUTE - Portland nonprofit released this new discussion guide to help groups working on living sustainably.
February 09, 2017

How to live simply, and get others to do the same

by Steve Law
Northwest Earth Institute releases new discussion book designed for groups working on sustainability
COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE - Poison hemlock is a common noxious weed in Oregon. House Bill 2043 would appropriate $1 million from the general fund to carry out the Oregon Department of Agriculture's noxious weed programs in the 2017-2019 biennium
February 08, 2017

Lawmakers urged to boost noxious weed spending by $1 million

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Advocates say budget shortfall shouldn't be used to justify cuts, arguing that's penny wise but pound foolish
REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Duke Castle, co-founder of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, addresses the crowd at last week's Beyond Green Building event at the Holy Names Center in Lake Oswego.
February 06, 2017

Going 'beyond green building' in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Panel says sustainable features should figure prominently in discussions about new construction of public buildings
Jan 28, 2017

How rising temperatures are affecting Oregon

by Steve Law
Leading academics release third assessment to the legislature on how changing climate is affecting the state
Jan 28, 2017

Greenhouse gas emissions rising from vehicles

by Steve Law
Oregon Global Warming Commission notes worrisome rise as lawmakers return to Salem to consider greater road funding
Jan 28, 2017

Help give feedback on the future of the Columbia Gorge

by Steve Law
Federal authorities are revisiting the management plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Jan 28, 2017

Learn more about organic food

by Jennifer Anderson
Organicology conference and trade fair returns to Portland in early February
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - Cleanup of the Willamette River Superfund site isn't expected to begin for at least a couple years, while jostling over the costs and responsibilities takes place.
Jan 27, 2017

Superfund cleanup now in hands of politicians, lobbyists

by Steve Law
Scientists weighed in on best way to clean up Portland Harbor, but intense lobbying now will dominate discussion
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - The No. 4 bus travels along Southeast Division Street to Gresham.
Jan 27, 2017

Agency still relies on dirty diesel fleet

by Nick Budnick
Trimet canceled its diesel retrofit program in 2011, midway through retrofitting its fleet
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - John Carr, right, and Doug Allen at a bus stop on Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street. The two are pressing TriMet to adopt alternative-energy buses.
Jan 27, 2017

TriMet slow to board electric bus bandwagon

by Lyndsey Hewitt and Nick Budnick
Agency got grant to buy first five of the buses, but diesel fueled vehicles will be deployed on new Division bus line
Jan 11, 2017

EPA grants help replace diesel-spewing trucks, school buses in…

by Steve Law
Funds will help replace 10 freight trucks in Portland and 10 school buses
Jan 11, 2017

Counties pressured to exit $1.4 billion forest lawsuit

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Environmentalists say withdrawal of counties will mean less pressure for the state to settle the suit
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The EPA announced a final cleanup plan for a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River known as the Portland Harbor Superfund site on Friday. It will cost more than $1 billion and 13 years to complete.
Jan 06, 2017

EPA bows to public pressure, adopts more rigorous cleanup plan…

by Steve Law
Agency's official Record of Decision is released, requiring cleanup that will take 13 years, cost more than $1 billion