Natural Resources and Resilience

KLCC presents a year-long series on Natural Resources and Resilience, beginning August 2019.

Funded by the University of Oregon's Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the stories coincide with the Center's 2019-2021 Theme of Inquiry: Science, Policy and the Public

The series is reported by KLCC's Rachael McDonald, Brian Bull, Karen Richards and Chris Lehman. Stories air monthly during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

This project is made possible by a grant from the KLCC Public Radio Foundation.

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View previous KLCC series funded by the Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics:

2018-2019 - Native Voices

2017-2018 - Immigration in Oregon

2016-2017 -  The Future of Public Education in Oregon

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Karen Richards


When it comes to near-shore earthquakes and tsunamis, Oregon’s coastal communities have moved beyond awareness and are taking action. As part of our series on Oregon's Natural Resources and Resilence and funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, we find there are some controversies and complications. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Last year, Oregon’s capital city was so unprepared for a drinking water emergency that the tanker trucks that were supposed to bring in fresh water were rusted through. Now, the city says the water situation is under control. But the upgrades come with a hefty price tag.

As part of our UO Wayne Morse Center For Law and Politics Series on Oregon’s Natural Resources and Resilience we look at how cities like Salem are trying to make their drinking water more resilient. KLCC’s Chris Lehman reports:

Brian Bull / KLCC

Scientists say there’s a 1-in-3 chance of a powerful earthquake hitting the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. Residents of the Cascadia Subduction Zone are advised to stockpile two weeks’ worth of water, food, and medical supplies should the “Big One” strike. As part of our series on Oregon's Natural Resources and Resilience funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, economic disparities already divide those who can readily prepare, and those who will struggle to.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene residents are fortunate to get their water from the clean, cool McKenzie River. But the city could lose that access in the event of a major disaster. The threat of climate change has also created challenges.