Environment

Environment & Planning

Rachael McDonald

University of Oregon students held a “mock wedding” Thursday. The event marked the end of Divest UO’s 9 week sit-in at the administration building on campus.

Bonneville Power Administration

Thanks to a wet winter, the Bonneville Power Administration says this will be a “normal” water year for the northwest. That’s an improvement over last year.

Anni Katz

There’s good news and bad news about Lane County’s Air Quality from a recent American Lung Association report. The area gets an “A” for its low ozone levels. But too much wood smoke makes the air unhealthy some of the year.

www.oregonlive.com

Backers of a liquefied natural gas project at the northwestern corner of Oregon are calling it quits.

Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala says the development company Leucadia  National Corporation of New York is no longer willing to bankroll the Oregon LNG project.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

One of the two olive ridley sea turtles rescued on Oregon beaches last winter has died.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene has purchased 100 acres of land north of Lane Community College. The city hopes the acquisition will help connect Eugene’s ridgeline system with Mt Buford Park and Springfield.

US Fish & Wildlife Service

This weekend, hundreds of birders flocked to Harney County for the 35th annual migratory bird festival. It’s been about 2 months since the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge ended. Eugene’s Noah Strycker was at the festival.

Talk Of Drought Quiet This Year Among Oregon Farmers

Apr 10, 2016
Jamie Francis/The OregonianPivot

State water supply levels have Oregon farmers optimistic this year. Last April, mountain snowpack and reservoir levels were much lower than average. This year, talk of drought is somewhat quiet.

Rachael McDonald

A federal magistrate judge in Eugene Friday ruled that a lawsuit brought by 21 teens against the federal government can go to trial. The youth say their constitutional rights are being violated by the government’s inaction on climate change.

It’s not every day that the governors of Oregon and California, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the head of a major power company, and representatives of multiple tribes all gather at the mouth of a river.  But April 6th was an historic day for the Klamath River.

City of Eugene

South Eugene's Amazon Park Playground will close, and undergo a major renovation this summer. 

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Following months of rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, sea turtles Thunder and Lightning have been transferred to San Diego.

Umpqua National Forest

Oregon forest managers urge people not to pick trillium when hiking in the woods. The white blossoms are an early blooming wildflower in the Pacific Northwest.

City of Corvallis

Corvallis officials want to restore oak savannah on 100 acres of land north of the city. They plan to remove invasive weeds and shrubs and cut down Douglas Fir trees this summer.

Wikipedia

It's Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast and with a typically mixed forecast, grab your rain gear and head outside.

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Friday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied an application to build a liquefied natural gas, or LNG, pipeline in Southern Oregon. The decision states the Pacific Connector Pipeline’s benefits do not outweigh its adverse effects on landowners.

Rachael McDonald

Attorneys for the U.S. Government Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by 21 youths who want immediate action to curtail climate change. Hundreds of schoolchildren watched the hearing in Eugene.

Bryan M. Vance / OPB

Glass manufacturing is in the spotlight since high levels of cadmium and arsenic were traced to a Portland factory last month. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Lane Regional Air Protection Agency to find out if there’s reason to be concerned about local glass-makers.

New Map Examines Oregon's Landslide Areas

Feb 26, 2016
landslides.usgs.gov

More than a third of Oregon has high or very high landslide susceptibility. That's according to a recently released map by the State Department of Geology. High risk areas are categorized by historic slide activity, slope, and land composition. This is the first time since 1982, when the U.S. Geological Survey published a nationwide overview, that Oregon's slide hotspots were identified. Ali Ryan Hansen is a spokeswoman for the State Department of Geology.

www.independent.co.uk Phgotographer Kate Brooks

The trafficking of certain animal parts around the world continues to encourage the black market poaching of endangered species. Following the failure of a bill in the State legislature to ban the commercial sale of certain animal parts, the group Save Endangered Animals Oregon, have decided to put the bill directly to voters. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle speaks with Campaign Director, Scott Beckstead.

The Oregonian

During a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee meeting, Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley pressed the top official on air quality to investigate the recent discovery of heavy metals in Portland.

Rachael McDonald / Hoodoo Ski Area

The National Weather Service says Oregon’s Cascade Mountains are at 105 percent of normal for snowpack at this time of year. That’s making snow enthusiasts happy.

Brian Davies / Register Guard (pool)

Next month, a federal judge in Eugene will hear arguments asking him to dismiss a lawsuit brought by 21 young people against the government demanding it do more to combat climate change. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has released plans for its newest state park, just south of Tillamook.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering Cougar Reservoir in order to do what it says is urgently needed repair work.

Central Oregon Fire Info

It's been a wet winter, but fire season is just around the corner. The Oregon Department of Forestry is already planning for summer 2016.   

Beyond Toxics

A local watchdog group is gathering signatures for a possible ballot measure that would ban aerial pesticide spraying in Oregon’s forests.  Eugene-based Beyond Toxics is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this week.

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The Siuslaw National Forest is proposing a plan to improve habitat and stream surroundings. Proposed actions include commercially thinning about 53 hundred acres; create snags to promote nesting cavities for wildlife, and placing wood in streams to improve Coho salmon spawning. Casey Hawes is with the Siuslaw National Forest. He says the area is located about 14 miles northeast of Florence.

The News Guard

Archie Knowles Campground, located 18 miles east of Florence, has been closed for 5 years. Starting with a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow, work will begin immediately to rehabilitate the site.

Predator Defense

Coyote Hunting contest is happening this weekend in Harney County . Predator advocates are condemning the event, especially given the ongoing occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by armed militants .

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