Sustainable Life

PGE to fund electric vehicle programs

Oregon Public Utility Commission authorizes up to $3.8 million to be spent in service area, including help for TriMet.

Gresham's 6 undeveloped parks have $37.2 million price tag

City Council sets goals for park development and maintenance during meeting on Feb. 13

Gorge bike trail extension rolls in at $21 million

Wyeth-Lindsey Creek trail link in Columbia River Gorge could open in 2019, ODOT says.

Mercury pollution may impact Oregon farm erosion rules

Farmers may be expected to increase erosion control efforts due to stricter mercury pollution limits in Oregon's Willamette…

Yakama Nation sues 30 parties to recoup Superfund costs

Washington tribe says it wants to hold polluters more accountable as the Trump administration tilts the EPA in an…

Bamboo heaven nestled in North Plains hills

Picturesque Bamboo Garden nursery occupies former timberland and specializes in all things bamboo.

DEQ fines Portland $55,200 for Woods Creek sewage spill

City won't appeal decision after about 100,000 to 200,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed from manholes into the creek near…

Levee project wants regional taxing district to protect…

Levee Ready Columbia will seek buy-in from elected officials about creating a Water Improvement District,

Carbon sequestration proposed as 'cap-and-trade' alternative

Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating for a bill that would require the state to evaluate using 'natural…

Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle

A bill that would increase compensation for livestock losses based on Oregon's wolf population has survived an initial…

Cleaning up Johnson Creek, in costume

20th-annual Watershed Wide Event features work parties along waterway, with volunteers dressing up for the occasion.

Trump Budget Proposes Selling Off Bonneville Power…

Revived proposal, certain to be opposed by regional business and political leaders, would impact ratepayers throughout the…

City utility charges: Separate but unequal

Portland Bureau of Environmental Services fees for city-wide storm drainage services are more than six times higher for…

Gorge on recovery path after Eagle Creek Fire

Blaze significantly damages McCord, Elowah falls areas in the John B. Yeon Scenic Corridor.

City offers help for homeowners in Johnson Creek floodplain

Program helps those hit by spiking flood insurance premiums that could force some out of their homes.

Green Tip: Antibacterial soaps

Liquid soaps marketed as antibacterial may have harmful ingredients, yet they don't work any better than regular soaps.

Live the Revolution through bicycle storytelling

Annual fundraiser by The Street Trust features stories by bicycle advocates and raffle, to raise money for its advocacy work.

EARTHTALK: Stopping That Drain Clog Naturally

Some products are safer to use than others, but the best course is prevention.

Food fight: Recycler claims Metro bias

Regional government accused of favoritism in choosing Waste Management and city Bureau of Environmental Services to build…

'GREAT' discusses disaster response in Gresham

The Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance To (GREAT) Business program meets again.

Cantwell, Seafood Industry Say 'No' To Northwest Offshore…

Communities that rely on fishing say an oil spill would destroy their livelihoods and environment, and isn't worth the risk.

Woodland Management course set at Hopkins Demonstration…

At forest south of Oregon City, Thursday classroom sessions run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 15, 22 and March 1

Hiking still forbidden at Multnomah Falls

Officials are warning against hopping the fence blocking the trail to get a closer look.

City Council makes demolitions safer for lead exposure

Crews must carefully remove all painted exterior siding before tearing down a home in the city.

EARTHTALK: Eco Villages

Intentional communities, including eco-villages, are flourishing across United States

Can Kelp And Seagrass Help Oysters Adapt To Major Ocean…

The oceans off Oregon and Washington are ground zero for ocean acidification, and Northwest scientists are working on new…

Weed out the winter blahs

Expand your gardening and landscaping skills with free spring workshops offered by the East Multnomah Soil and Water…

UGB 101: Everything you wanted to know about the urban…

The Metro Council has to keep 20 years of developable land in the urban growth boundary. What will this year's review show?

Fundraiser seeks to open Multnomah Falls trails in 2018

Oregon's Kitchen Table seeks to raise $500,000 for restoration work in the Columbia River Gorge.

Assessing our trees

Public Works interns survey street trees in Wilsonville to better understand the health of the community's urban canopy

Cascadia Times revived

Editor and reporter Paul Koberstein raises funds to restart his Portland environmental journal

Restoration work will focus on North Fork, Clear Creek

River basin council receives grant funds for habitat work along the Clackamas River

Waterfront complex planned near OMSI for paddlers

Facility replaces the Portland Boathouse, adds interpretive center, educational and meeting spaces.

Eagle Creek Fire closure area shrinks

Wahtum Lake, Rainy Lake, Indian Springs camp sites opened, Forest Service reports.

Climate activists file initiative to create Portland sales…

Funds raised would support solar panels, energy-efficiency projects and other efforts to lower carbon emissions.

One last fundraiser set for White Oak Savanna

Roberta and Ed Schwarz are preparing to hand over funds to complete West Linn park

Electric vehicles a highlight of 2018 Auto Show

Show runs from Thursday to Sunday and features advanced automotive technologies.

SolarWorld Trump raises tariffs on foreign solar panels,…

SolarWorld had called for 50 percent tariffs on foreign-made solar panel imports.

Gray wolves return to Mt. Hood forest

Mt. Hood National Forest officials see multiple wolves for first time in decades.

Trump Administration Eases Rules For Bird-Killing Wind…

U.S. Interior Department lets wind, electric industries off the hook for bird deaths


Shower or Bath: which Is better at conserving water and protecting the environment?

Saved from chopping block: Trees planted at Gladstone Nature Park

Gladstone had previously considered selling park to fund other city projects

Sharing knowledge for the environment

Estacada resident shares what she learned in recycling course with members of her community

Jennings Lodge residents brace for Corps of Engineers decision

Recent determination gives hope to Jennings Lodge residents for saving some of the 326 trees

Community forum promotes cap-and-trade bill

Let's Talk Climate will highlight climate change bill before next month's legislative session.

WL 'Beaver Ambassadors' group sheds light on misunderstood animal

'Beavers are back, and we have these rare opportunities in some of our parks to showcase what they do.'

The hidden environmental benefit of E-Bikes

What generates fewer carbon emissions, pedaling a regular bicycle or an E-Bike? The answer may surprise you.

Lack of shutoffs for pipeline troubles Wilsonville

City officials want Kinder Morgan to add safety devices to high-pressure pipeline

Variety of species recorded in 92nd Christmas bird count

Audubon Society of Portland will hold the Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 17 through 20

TRIP takes a bow after cleanup

Troutdale Reynolds industrial park awarded for change into major regional employer.

Waste Management gets nod to process our food scraps

Metro chooses nation's largest garbage hauler, which is working with Portland sewer authority, to build plant in North Portland.

Is the city trying to soak houseboat residents?

Floating home residents say the Bureau of Environmental Services is trying to tax the rain

Both North Portland oil recyclers rack up PCB violations

DEQ orders PCB cleanup at EcoLube Recovery facility near Portland Expo Center


Ongoing studies of salmon and trout in Tryon Creek support efforts to replace the concrete culvert under Highway 43

Could Vanport Flood happen again?

State study shows just how vulnerable we are if any Columbia River flood-control levees fail

EarthTalk: Drowning in Boxes

Is more cardboard recycling really the answer to the growing use of product packaging, especially when we shop online?

Port of Vancouver kills lease for oil train terminal

Commission decides it won't lease space for Tesoro Savage project opposite Hayden Island, which would have been nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal.


Fire and safety violations plague ORRCO and EcoLube Recovery oil refineries in North Portland.

Interest groups respond to 'cap and invest' bill

The first draft of a bill that would put a price on carbon emissions and invest in projects to reduce the release of greenhouse gases into the…

That Multnomah Falls selfie could cost $300

U.S. Forest Service says fines being imposed for violations at famous waterfall Multnomah Falls.

Mt. Hood Meadows explores addition to South Lodge

United States Forest Service in preliminary stages of proposed expansion project

Elevated levels of lead found in water of 8 Gresham homes

In 1986, Gresham removed all known lead-containing service connections from its distribution system.

Wood smoke ban prepped for final vote

No-burn order expected three to five times a year, County Commissioners say.

Inaugural Hillsboro recycling event draws big crowds

Organizers from Westside Master Recyclers hope to make PlanetCon an annual activity.

Volunteers needed for native-planting events

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District is offering three work parties in January and February

A new kind of resolution: recycle

There are two main ways we can ruin recycling, writes editor Leslie Pugmire Hole.

State Parks rake in the GREEN

State Parks generate $52 million for businesses, economy in East Multnomah County.

Letter: Driving into a future dead zone

It is unconscionable that our political leaders not only turn a blind eye to the poisoning of our nation, but those in power now actually encourage it

Bullseye Glass settles issue of 'dirty rainwater'

The rainwater stays on the Bullseye Glass site; now it will be cleaner rainwater

Local nonprofit brings gardens to every FGSD school

Leaders are welcoming Dairy Creek Community Food Web's assistance in installing school gardens.

Trails, parking lot reopen at Fernhill Wetlands

Resurfacing work is planned for later this year in the parking area, says Clean Water Services.

City's ban on fossil fuel terminal expansion upheld on appeal

Oregon Court of Appeals rules city didn't violate U.S. Constitution's Commerce Clause

Lake Oswego's Climate Action Plan nears the finish line

City and community groups have spent the past year developing a plan for the city to combat climate change

Auditors: DEQ backlogs 'endanger state's air quality and health'

The issue of air pollution has been a topic of interest in the wake of enforcement action based on elevated levels of toxins detected near Bullseye…

What the Bus? I Thought Trains Were The Greenest Transit Mode?

Studies show taking a bus may be the greenest way to travel longer distances in the United States

Home Energy Score mandate goes live

Starting this month, home sellers in Portland must report potential energy bills at their home, giving buyers more information about the costs of…

Audubon bird count flies under sunny, cool skies

Roughly 50 counts will be conducted in Oregon and Southwest Washington during the three weeks surrounding the holidays.

Oak habitat protection stretches to western Washington County

Funding is approved for preservation of oak prairie, which can be found in Forest Grove's vicinity.

Willamette upriver study seeks to ID source of contaminants

DEQ to examine stretch from Oregon City to Sellwood for possible future environmental work.

Earthtalk: Can 'dirty' air mar your sleep?

Air filters and other ideas to get cleaner indoor air quality in your bedroom to help you sleep better

'Cap and invest' bill takes shape

The sponsors of an upcoming cap and invest bill for the Legislature's February session released more details about the proposed program Wednesday.

Holiday cleanup 101

Here's some tips on how to recycle all the stuff left over from gift exchanges, and what to toss

Deadline set for crypto filtration plant

Oregon Health Authority required Portand Water Bureau to begin filtering Bull Run water in just under 10 years, and to take many other precautions in…

When the levee breaks.....the bank

Entire Portland area may be asked to help improve levee system via property tax-funded bonds

EPA deal with industrial polluters comes amid signs of progress…

Businesses, parties begin to negotiate cleanups on Willamette River 'hot spots' as Trump administration inks deal with a DDT manufacturer, a Russian…

Dime deposit coming for coffee, sports drinks

OLCC expanding recyclables to include kombucha, tea, coffee and hard cider in 2018.

Milk dispensers trim waste at Canby schools

Clackamas district school becomes first in state to replace traditional cartons; hopes others follow suit

Water filling stations burst plastic bottles' bubble

DEQ hopes Gresham pilot project spurs more use of refillable stations at Oregon schools

You have food choices - pick organic

Avoiding chemicals in food is healthier for our bodies and for our environment

Bullseye says DEQ greatly exaggerated toxin danger

Glass company claims agency has let pollution of all sorts persist while it was targeted

Gift ideas for gardeners

Stuck for what to give for the holidays? Consider this exhaustive list of possibilities

Wind warning issued for Corbett, Multnomah Falls

The windiest locations are forecasted to be along the Old Columbia River Highway.

Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro getting a makeover

City and partners work to make 270-acre natural area a sanctuary for native plants, wildlife

Rethinking 'Smoky Bear'

Some scientists say it might be better to let modest fires burn rather than rush to extinguish them, to protect long-term forest health

Gear up locally for winter

Sustainable duds are easy to find from Portland-area clothing and shoe companies

Eagle Creek Fire now 100 percent contained

Hot spots from wildfire may still smolder in remote areas of Columbia River Gorge.


'Legacy' chemicals once used in firefighter training at airport seen as emerging pollutants

Multnomah Falls Lodge reopens to visitors

Guests must share 186 parking stalls at scenic waterfall site in the Columbia River Gorge.

DEQ details cleanup procedures for West Linn paper mill

Environmental mitigation at the site is likely to occur after a purchaser is identified

Washington energy siting council rejects oil train terminal in…

Tesoro-Savage terminal would transfer trainloads of crude oil onto ships headed down the Columbia River, starting near Hayden Island.


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