environment

Caribou
6:07 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Lone Caribou Herd In Lower 48 Keeps Federal Protection

U.S. Wildlife officials said a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection.
Credit U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

U.S. Wildlife officials said a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection. But, it will be as a threatened species rather than endangered. These caribou are the last in the Lower 48.

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Columbia River
8:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Federal Government Finds Harmful Contaminants In Columbia River Fish

What you pour down your drain could be hurting fish and wildlife populations on the Columbia River – and possibly people too.

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Pollution
4:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Climate Model Shows Pollution In Asia Influences Weather Worldwide

Tiny particles from coal smoke stacks float up in the air.
Credit punditmom.com

Pollution in Asia can influence weather over much of the world. Those are the findings from a new climate study from northwest researchers, who teamed up with researchers from Texas.

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Air Pollution
5:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Higher Nitrate Air Pollution In Central Wash.

Researchers have found the source of an unusual pocket of air pollution in central Washington. Tiny particles from large agricultural operations mix with vehicle exhaust. That creates nitrate pollution.

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Water Supply
4:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

NW Water Supply Rebounds Across Most Of Northwest After March Storms

On this map of current snow conditions, blues and greens are good. Red, orange and yellow represent below average snowpack.
Credit Northwest River Forecast Center

Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest. That's according to the latest regional water supply forecast. 

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Umatilla Chemical Depot
5:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Umatilla Depot: More Staff Reduction As Military Site Nears Final Cleanup

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot are focused now on environmental sampling to make sure the site of the chemical incinerator is now clean. The incinerator was used to destroy tons of chemical weapons at the northeast Oregon site.
Credit Hal McCune, URS

The Umatilla Chemical Depot is nearing final cleanup. It letting go of 60 more workers Thursday. The northeast Oregon military site is where tons of deadly chemical weapons were stored for decades. 

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Naval Training
6:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Navy Looks To Renew Permits For Bombing And Sonar Exercises In The Northwest

An unmanned underwater sonar vehicle is placed in the water during a Naval exercise.
Credit Bryan Weyers / Wikimedia Commons

The Navy is pursuing permits to conduct exercises in a large area of the Pacific Ocean. The Northwest Training and Testing Range stretches from Northern California to the Canadian border.

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Northwest Forests
5:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers. It’s a problem Northwest forests may see more of in the coming years, as Jessica Robinson reports.

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Pesticide Restriction
5:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Back Away From Bill To Restrict Some Pesticides

Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.
Credit Jessica Paterson / Flickr

This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides. An Oregon legislative panel is set to amend a measure Tuesday that would instead create a task force to study the possibility of future restrictions.

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Endangered Wolves
5:09 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Panel Finds Feds Didn't Use Best Science In Wolf Plan

US Fish

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:35 pm

A new independent review finds the federal government used uncertain science when it proposed taking the gray wolf off the endangered species list across the Lower 48.

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