Sustainable Life

Tanner Creek pump station spills 2,700 gallons of sewage

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services responded to the sewer leak in Southwest Portland.

Metro's waste dumps clogged as snow blocks Gorge landfill

After one week, Metro regional government asks self-haulers to stop dumping at transfer stations

Oregon offers free fishing, crabbing this weekend

No tags or licenses required to fish, crab or clam in Oregon on Feb. 16 and 17 of President's Day Weekend

Class differences

Portland neighborhoods fighting the hardest against the Residential Infill Plan tend to be more affluent and the least…

Solar panel envy?

Nonprofit hosts program for folks to learn about growing community solar movement, which enables those without their own…

Paddling the mightiest river of the West

Kayakers explore the 146-mile Lower Columbia River Trail, which extends from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean

EARTHTALK: Green dry cleaners?

Dear EarthTalk: Is so-called eco-friendly dry cleaning a reality? €' Jane Krause, Garden City, NJ

Portland trucker spills 2,500 gallons of diesel on I-84

Police say James Altman of Portland was 'driving too fast' when he lost control of Space Age truck.

Sewer pipe sinkhole stops traffic in downtown Portland

The six-foot-deep chasm was first reported Friday, Feb. 8 on Salmon Street between 5th, 6th avenues.

100-year-old tree topples onto cars in downtown Portland

The fallen tree was cut into pieces in order to be removed from the street and sidewalk, reps say

Portland politicos sign on to Oregon Green New Deal

Chloe Eudaly, Juan Gonzalez, Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Reps. Bonamici, Blumenauer back deal.

More oil trains could be coming to Portland, loaded with…

Zenith Energy is expanding its terminal in Northwest Portland, to accommodate train shipments that would be transfered to…

Yakama Nation opposes Maya Lin art installation at historic…

Project, the sixth and final in a series in the Northwest, is put on hold while talks continue

Footbridge over Burnside to close gap in 40-Mile Loop

The Barbara Walker Footbridge over West Burnside Street should be ready by September.

Let it flow during next Columbia River flood?

Some want to let the river flow onto nearby green areas rather than replace the levee that failed in the 1948 Vanport Flood…

Start your Valentines Day off right

Join several dozen people for an early-morning dip in the Willamette River, in the second-annual swim sponsored by the Human…

EARTHTALK: Toxins in your carpet

Dear EarthTalk: I need to replace the wall-to-wall carpeting in my basement. Any tips for finding something new that won't…

Keeping it pretty in the Rose City

Anti-litter nonprofit teams up with city of Portland to do cleanups in various neighborhoods.

Landmark conservation plan hasn't helped birds in ancient…

A quarter-century after Northwest Forest Plan's adoption, many species that dwell in old forests haven't fared better.

Oregon leaders hope to repeat Quebec's cap-and-trade success

State lawmakers wrestling over proposal see bright spot in Canadian province's experience with carbon cutbacks

Oregon is producing twice as much pot as people are using

Prices have dropped from $10 a gram to less than $5 a gram, according to new OLCC report.

Climate change prognosis in Oregon is mostly bleak

More wildfires, more landslides, more heat waves, but a longer growing season projected

Metro mayors endorse cap on greenhouse gases

Gamba: Without legislative action, 'mayors and cities are the ones who will be left to pick up the pieces' on climate change

Hefty climate action bill draws attention, scrutiny

Supporters see benefits to state as emissions drop; opponents worry about increasing costs for families, industries.

Portland leaders go on record against offshore oil drilling

City Council votes unanimously for resolution designed to send message to Trump Administration

GOP, Democrats at loggerheads over cap-and-trade proposals

Republicans complain they are being kept in the dark and Democratic leaders push for quick bill approval

Wilsonville to add electric vehicle hub

Wilsonville City Council passes agreement with PGE to add six charging stations

Bills seek tax aid to shore up levee system

All Portlanders might help pay to protect the city from Columbia River floods, if lawmakers vote to authorize a new taxing…

Legislators tell feds: No drilling off Oregon's coast

Three lamakers from the Coast model legislation on California's fight to prevent off-shore drilling.

Who wants Oregon's new gray whale license plate?

The Oregon license plate design was announced in April 2018, and will first be available Friday.

Waste ... not

Gresham program tackles composting ahead of Metro's requirements for food waste

Bullseye Glass reaches $6.5 million class-action settlement

Proceeds will fund air quality testing, money to residents for air purifiers and soil testing, and legal fees

Poll: Oregon voters inclined to support cap and invest

Measure would ratchet down carbon emissions in Oregon to meet state climate change goals, likely raising energy and other…

Emerging clean tech companies win state funds

Companies being nurtured by VertueLab get money to work on their startup businesses

EARTHTALK: Government shutdown includes Superfund work

Dear EarthTalk: Has the recent border wall shutdown affected the federal government's ability to safeguard our air and water…

Eat, drink, shuck

Slurpers wanted for a week of oyster parties, classes, panels dinners, to benefit the species.

Pacific Power customers will get new way to save energy

Portland-based electric utility will install new smart meters for 590,000 Oregon customers

MyView: Cougar management: Look back before moving forward

Population of species has grown to an all-time high in Oregon, despite thousands of hunters

Expansion of Bottle Bill program results in 90 percent…

Doubling of deposit, expansion of beverage types, help state reclaim 2 billion beverage containers in 2018

Historians find traces of historic Gorge trail

Surveyors discover lost 19th century telegraph path used by Corbett residents

EARTHTALK: Oregon ski slopes among hardest hit by global warming

Dear EarthTalk: With the onset of global warming, how likely is it that ski resorts and skiing itself might soon become a thing of the past? €'…

OSU uses 55 seismometers off Oregon coast to study quakes

Researchers at Oregon State University focused on the Blanco Transform Fault off the Oregon coast.

What does public want in cleanup of Willamette Cove?

Residents' opinions sought for Metro effort to cleanup contaminated Superfund site on the Willamette River.

Bringing native species back to where they once roamed

Rewilding activists from around the country to converge in Portland for national conference

Just say 'no' to plastics

Here are 10 tips and suggestions for things you can do now to reduce your plastic consumption

Cascadia Times hosts coming out party

Longtime Northwest environmental magazine returning to its roots as print journal

Beaverton considers ban on single-use plastic bags

Mayor, council seek joint action with Washington County; Hillsboro and Forest Grove among 13 Oregon cities with similar restrictions

Conservation headquarters puts Beavercreek house in cross-hairs

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District will put its new headquarters on the site

E-scooter sequel returning to Portland streets this spring

Portland Bureau of Transportation says the test drive will last one year and will gather feedback.

Former St. Johns landfill goes from trash to treasure

The prairie, which includes a covered former landfill, is not open to the public yet, but plans are underway for a multi-use trail and scenic…

Kate Brown's husband cleans up trash, sends bill to Trump

After trip to Mt. Hood Sno-Park, Dan Little sends bill for $28 to President Donald Trump

Mountain bikes at Lake Oswego park? Some residents say no

Lake Oswego Parks Board to tour Farr Property and discuss future of trails, bike park at meeting.

Clogged sewer line spills into Southwest Portland creek

The unnamed creek in Dickinson Park & Woods will be unsafe for 72 hours, says Environmental Services

Fun ways to help our feathered friends in cold weather

Here's some helpful hints to attract a diverse, colorful array of birds to your yard, year-round

State's solar trade group gets new leader

Angelea Crowley-Koch moves over from her post at Oregon Environmental Council.

Mount Hood snowpack below normal for second straight year

Uptick later in season could help water supply, hydrologists remain optimistic

State charts path to save energy for low-income residents

Ten-year plan aims to reduce carbon emissions via energy-efficiency measurs, and aid those facing 'energy affordability gap'


Bamboo Sushi brings its certified-sustainable seafood to a warm, modern space in downtown Lake Oswego

Mount Hood snowpack below normal for second straight year

Uptick later in season could help water supply, hydrologists remain optimistic

City laying groundwork for Clean Energy Fund

Officials working closely with initiative organizers who got the measure passed.

Restoration efforts continue at Sandy River Delta

Sandy River Watershed Council plans for impact of dogs, climate change at natural recreation area

Poop to Power won't include food scraps

City sewage plant loses money-making opportunity when Metro drops talks with Waste Management Inc.

EARTHTALK: Best electric vehicles

Dear EarthTalk: I'm getting ready to join the electric car revolution now that my old clunker is getting on in age. What's the latest and greatest?…

Oregon off-road vehicle trail system derailed by lawsuit

Central Oregon LandWatch prevails in lawsuit against Ochoco National Forest-proposed trail system

Invasive pests may be lurking in your Christmas tree

Oregon Department of Forestry: Don't throw old trees in yards or forests where elongate hemlock scale could hatch

Finding a middle ground

Two sides of conflict collaborate on proposed riverrule changes in Wilsonville area

EARTHTALK: Toilet paper tubes

Dear EarthTalk: Does the Scott brand's 'tube-free' toilet paper really save much paper or is it just another form of corporate greenwashing? - Matt…

A natural Portland presence

Nature Conservancy chapter turns new local headquarters into Conservation Center dedicated to stewardship

Trump signs law that culls sea lions to protect salmon

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will apply for a new permit to kill California sea lions.

Don't forget the salmon this holiday season

Watershed council will take your Christmas tree and put it in the Willamette River for fish habitat.

1,000 gallons of sewage flow into Willamette River

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services warns public to avoid water near SW Macadam Avenue.

Several dozen Cully residents will get energy-efficient ductless…

Verde and city Bureau of Planning and Sustainability score money to support a community energy plan for low-income residents of Northeast Portland…

Governor's proposed budget earmarks $7.5M for Willamette locks

If Brown's budget is approved, it would be the most significant step to date in permanently re-opening the locks

There's jobs to be had in clean energy

Business groups promoting cap and trade bill cites more than 50,000 jobs in the sector in Oregon

Deal reached to protect Devil's Staircase, other Oregon…

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Portland, struck a deal with Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, to protect wild areas and do forest thinning near the Crooked River…

Heading to the coast? Whale Watching Week starts Dec. 27

Oregon Whale Watching Week is a yearly tradition, and volunteers can help you spot them at 24 sites.

Apple pledges $8.7M for Prineville water system

Water will be collected in the aquifer to meet data centers' thirsty demand for agua.

How much wiggle room will polluters get if Oregon taxes carbon…

Political fight has turned to which industries should be sheltered from new state taxes and how much protection they really need.

Baseball stadium at Terminal 2 could face battle because it's…

Build it (on industrial lands) and they might never come; business interests could oppose a possible zone change required to build the park.

Some say the trail will end in ice

City of Tualatin gets an Ice Age trail desigation from National Parks Service

Columbia County OKs more oil shipments through port

Lease amendment with Global Partners drew scrutiny from residents and elected leaders over safety

Metro scraps deal for food waste

Rotting food would have been converted into biogas, and cash for the Portland sewer bureau

Forest Grove sees 'record' tree removal permits issued

A 1958 sweetgum tree on Hawthorne Street was the latest to fall. Permits are required in some, not all, cases.

Garbage up in Oregon but recycling and composting are too

Statewide waste recovery improved slightly in 2017, according to new report by the Department of Environmental Quality.

New license plate helps Smokey Bear prevent forest fires

The new 'Drive With Smokey' Oregon plate will coincide with Smokey Bear's 75th anniversary.

Forest Service closes bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs

Bathhouse will be closed and rebuilt because of structural deterioration, vandalism

Columbia County port OKs heavier oil shipments

Lease amendment with Global Partners drew scrutiny from residents and elected leaders over safety

EARTHTALK: How green is coffee?

Dear EarthTalk: I drink a lot of coffee and I'm wondering how bad this is for the environment? And how I can make sure I'm feeding my 3-cup-a-day…

Free workshop reveals groundwater mysteries

The workshopruns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at McKinstry Co., 16790 N.E. Mason St.

WSU research points to new ways to produce resin

'This could result in robust pine tree genotypes that can compete with classical oil-based chemistry for the production of green chemicals through…

Cyber-open house gathers ideas for Coast Bike Route improvements

The Oregon Coast Bike Route is a popular route extending the length of the Oregon Coast. The public's ideas and comments will help ODOT understand…

Forest Service closes bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs

Bathhouse will be closed and rebuilt because of structural deterioration, vandalism

E-scooter supporters roll into City Hall rally (with cookies and…

Bird reminds city that it would like to bring its electric scooters back to Portland, but few riders bother to show up.

Combating climate change, comfortably

Tillamook Row is not just multifamily housing with free electricity - it's a way forward

Free 'first day' hikes event returns to Oregon on Jan. 1

State tells community members to 'go take a hike' for free on the first day of the new year.

Farm, environmental groups call for 'mega-dairy' moratorium

Coalition wants pause to cover any dairy with more than 2,500 cows, or dairies with at least 700 cows that do not provide the animals with seasonal…

EWind Solutions' latest FDA grant

Half mill could help electricity generating drone startup's lofty ambitions to take on Google.

EARTHTALK: Avoiding synthetics in our food

Dear EarthTalk: What are PFASs and why should we be concerned about them?- -Jim Stobbins, Cary, NC

TriMet using hawks to stop poop from 10,000 crows

The regional transit agency spends $1.5 million a year cleaning up the transit mall in Portland.

State upholds approval of Grand Ronde fishing platform

Department of State Lands said concerns raised by the other tribes and PGE deserve consideration.


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