Archive | February, 2013

Milestone eastern Oregon water agreement signed

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and groups from Washington and Oregon working together under the banner of the Columbia River Umatilla Solutions task force put their signatures Friday to an agreement that outlines specific strategies for water use in eastern Oregon…

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Milestone eastern Oregon water agreement signed. Sustainable Business Oregon. February 15, 2013.

Governor Kitzhaber And Oregon Solutions Taskforce Sign Eastern Oregon Water Agreement

Governor Kitzhaber joined with members of the Columbia River Umatilla Solutions Taskforce to sign Friday a Declaration of Cooperation on Columbia River-Umatilla Basin water projects. The Declaration outlines specific strategies for storing water for expanded agricultural use, increased economic activity in Eastern Oregon, and improved in-stream conditions for fish…

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Governor Kitzhaber And Oregon Solutions Taskforce Sign Eastern Oregon Water Agreement. Albany Tribune. February 16, 2013.

Juniper invasion marring Oregon’s high desert habitat

FRENCHGLEN — Rancher and outfitter John Witzel’s boots crunch through 4 inches of snow in a stand of high-desert Western juniper listed on a U.S. Bureau of Land Management cutting schedule.

He wonders unhappily what effect all the chopping has on wildlife.

One concern this time of year is that juniper collects snow in its canopy, leaving bare grass below for wildlife to get something to eat. When it’s cut, there’s no break in the snow cover on the ground, he said…

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Juniper invasion marring Oregon's high desert habitat. OregonLive. February 12, 2013.

PSU students upgrade modular classroom for health, sustainability

What started out as an exercise at a Portland State University architecture symposium has turned into a potential game-changer in modular classroom design at a time when school districts are increasingly using the cheap alternative to new construction.

PSU’s architecture program over more than a year worked closely with a modular manufacturer to balance environmental sustainability and affordability, resulting in the SAGE classroom — acronym for Smart Academic Green Environment. The modular classroom is made with recyclable materials and more windows at a relatively low cost…

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PSU students upgrade modular classroom for health, sustainability. OregonLive. February 14, 2013.