Environment



Brown moves to adopt environment regulations

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown wants to guard against a rollback of federal environmental rules by moving them into state law where the Trump administration couldn’t touch them. “As states, we can take a leadership role in preventing the erosion of core laws that protect our environment,” Brown said in remarks at an event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Wednesday.

October 9, 2018 3:18 p.m. read more..


Prescribed burns underway in Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will conduct prescribed burning in the eastern Gorge this fall and winter as part of an ongoing fire fuels management program that hopes to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and improve forest health. “We’re coming into a weather window – which means temperatures, humidity, and ground moisture are just right for successfully burning while still maintaining control of the fire,” said Roland Rose, a fire fuels planner with the national scenic area.

October 2, 2018 2:54 p.m. read more..


John Day Dam celebrates 50th anniversary

On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a 50th anniversary ceremony was held at the John Day Dam powerhouse. As part of the ceremony, Kevin Moynahan, operations project manager at the dam, recapped the history of the facility.

September 28, 2018 3:07 p.m. read more..


Wolf pups confirmed in Wasco County

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed Wednesday that a recently documented pair of wolves on the Warm Springs Reservation in Wasco County had at least two pups this year.

August 31, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..


Steelhead fishery closed

Steelhead retention in the Columbia River and lower John Day River closed effective Monday, Aug. 27 through the end of the year due to poor returns. The states of Oregon and Washington decided to close the retention fishery after the run size was downgraded from a preseason forecast of 182,000 to 110,000 adult summer steelhead on Monday.

August 28, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..


AmeriTies lawsuit settlement pending

A class action lawsuit against AmeriTies alleging that odors from the plant diminished the use and value of area properties has reached a proposed settlement of $1.25 million. Almost all of The Dalles is included in the boundaries covered by the settlement, according to a map posted on the website of one of the law firms involved.

July 31, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..


Fire raises erosion issues

Wheat fields burnt in the Substation Fire — 79,121 acres in Wasco and Sherman County — are now at risk of both wind and water erosion, according to soil and water conservationists with the United States Department of Agriculture personnel in The Dalles. “Both wind and water can be a problem,” said Clinton Whitten, who works on soil issues with farmers in both counties.

July 24, 2018 2:43 p.m. read more..


Zoo releases endangered butterflies

PORTLAND — Some of the Oregon Zoo’s tiniest residents have headed for the mountains of Oregon’s coastal range. On July 12, butterfly conservationists with the zoo joined colleagues from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to release 500 Oregon silverspot caterpillars on the slopes of Saddle Mountain in an effort to stabilize declining wild populations of the species.

July 24, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..


OR forest land changes sought

SALEM — Oregon's Department of State Lands is looking into whether other entities, including counties or private companies, could manage certain state trust forests more cheaply than the state Department of Forestry.

June 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Fighting on the front lines with Station 8

Fire season is back in Oregon. Too soon, it seems, for residents still recovering from last year’s devastating Eagle Creek Fire. In the aftermath, many residents have banded together to work on helping the Gorge heal and shown how deeply the community is affected by the wellbeing of its landscape — just like Colorado, environmental journalist Heather Hansen says.

June 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Investigative series turns lens on AmeriTies

A three-part series this week first looked at the AmeriTies West tie plant operations and then at what the plant has done to address odor complaints concerning naphthalene. Today, it recaps an investigative series by the Cascadia Times that says residents in The Dalles are breathing toxic air.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


AmeriTies seeks to be good neighbor

A three-part series this week first looked at the AmeriTies West tie plant operations. Today’s second installment focuses on what the plant has done address to odor complaints concerning naphthalene. Tomorrow’s story recaps an investigative series by the Cascadia Times that says residents in The Dalles are breathing toxic air.

June 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Plant treats up to 1M ties annually

A three-part series this week first looks at the AmeriTies West plant operations and then at what is being done to address odor complaints concerning naphthalene. Finally, it recaps an investigative series by the Cascadia Times that says residents in The Dalles are breathing toxic air.

June 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD wastewater discharge exceeds E. coli limits

The City of The Dalles Wastewater Treatment Plant has discharged effluent into the Columbia River that exceeds the plant’s limit for E. coli due to incomplete disinfection, according to a May 30 press release from the City of The Dalles.

May 30, 2018 3:13 p.m. read more..


Hazing sea lions not a long-term fix

A peculiar war is being waged on the Columbia River as tribes seek to keep sea lions from decimating salmon runs, and the sea mammals refuse to give up the all-you-can-eat buffet. Three days a week, Bobby Begay and his two-man crew — Reggie Sergeant and Ted Walsey Jr. — from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission board a boat at the North Bonneville dock to mount an offensive against predatory sea lions.

May 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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