environment

Columbia River Contaminants
5:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

'Personal Care Products,' Pharmaceutical Toxics Found In Columbia River

The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo courtesy of USGS

Giant smoke stacks and industrial dump sites are no longer the only water quality problem on the Columbia River. a recent study has found that our day to day life has a major impact as well.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers looked at nine cities along the river, from Wenatchee to Longview, Wash. They detected hundreds of contaminants flowing from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff.

Hydrologist Jennifer Morace says the toxic contaminants included things like shampoo and pharmaceuticals.

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Coal Protests
5:59 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Hundreds Rally Against Coal Exports In Portland

Hundreds of people gathered at Portland's Pioneer Square today to protest coal export projects in the Northwest. Cassandra Profita reports.

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Logging Lawsuit
5:57 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Conservation Groups Sue to Stop Logging Project

Conservation organizations will proceed with a legal challenge of the Goose Logging Project in the McKenzie River Watershed in the Willamette National Forest. KLCC's Christina Kempster has more on the story.

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Klamath Dam Whistleblower
6:32 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Klamath Dam Scientist Alleges He Was Fired After Questioning

A former government scientist says the Department of Interior has painted too positive a picture of Klamath Dam removal. Paul Houser was a scientific integrity officer. And he says he was fired for expressing his dissent. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Hanford Whistleblower
6:41 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Hanford Whistleblower May Not Get Jury Trial

Walt Tamosaitis and his wife outside the federal courthouse in Yakima, Wash. Thursday.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

A Hanford whistleblower lawsuit is underway in federal court in Yakima. A former high-level manager on a nuclear treatment project is asking for a jury trial, but the judge hearing the case said Thursday that’s unlikely. Correspondent Anna King was there.

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Hydropower Projects
5:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Energy Developers Eye New Grid-Stabilizing Hydro Projects

Artist's rendition of upper and lower reservoir of Swan Lake Pumped Storage Project northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore.
Courtesy of Riverbank Power

If you thought the great dam building era of the Northwest was long over, you might be mistaken. But we're not talking about damming rivers here. This is about building long earthen dams to make new off-stream hydropower reservoirs. They're being designed to act as giant batteries and shock absorbers for the electric grid. Correspondent Tom Banse explains.

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Puget Sound Tankers
6:37 am
Mon April 30, 2012

New Report Details Tanker Risk In Puget Sound

Twelve years ago, BP built a second dock at its Cherry Point refinery north of Bellingham, WA. But they didn’t do an assessment of what that added dock capacity would mean for tanker traffic in Washington waters. Now the Army Corps of Engineers has released a long-awaited study that does just that. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Bird Conservation
5:55 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Birders and Burgers: An Unlikely High Desert Partnership

Willy Land and Larry Anderson, right, ready their horses in the early-morning to gather cattle from rangeland for a branding. The ranchland they’re working is within a few miles of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

In the remote valleys of southeast Oregon both birds and cattle flourish. This is where mountain streams feed an oasis of lakes and marshes in the high desert. Cattle ranchers and wildlife advocates have been fighting over that valuable grassland for decades. Now, they’ve struck a delicate truce that keeps both birds and burgers in mind. Correspondent Anna King has our story from way outside of Burns, Oregon.

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Tsunami Cleanup
6:20 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Tsunami Debris Cleanup Here Depends Mostly On You

Debris off the Honshu Coast soon after the tsunami.
Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

The first items of debris swept into the Pacific Ocean by last year's big tsunami in Japan are turning up on the Northwest coast. More is out there drifting our way. The state of Washington hosted a meeting Wednesday to prepare local governments and beachgoers for what to do about this. Oregon held similar meetings last week. Here's the takeaway: tsunami debris pickup depends largely on you. Correspondent Tom Banse is beach side with the latest.

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Northwest Dams
6:16 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Judge Redden Talks Salmon Case

A federal judge who has ruled for more than a decade on how to save Columbia and Snake River salmon says four dams on the Lower Snake River should be torn down. Aaron Kunz has the story.

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