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A pathway for Gateway Green

What’s now a narrow, weedy, unused 38-acre parcel at the confluence of Interstate 205 and I-84 in East Portland is a field of dreams for Linda Robinson and Ted Gilbert.

Since 2008, the community activist and developer have been spearheading a grassroots community project called Gateway Green…

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A pathway for Gateway Green. Portland Tribune. June 25, 2014.

Floodplain Restoration to Benefit Salmon on West Coast of US

US – Government agencies have come together on the West Coast of the US to reconnect floodplain habitat with salmon-bearing streams, which should help to improve salmon populations.

Salmon are severely impacted by the loss of floodplain habitats throughout the West Coast. In Oregon’s Tillamook Bay, nearly 90 per cent of estuaries’ tidal wetlands have been lost to development – threatening the survival of federally – protected coho salmon and the safety of the local community…

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Floodplain Restoration to Benefit Salmon on West Coast of US. The Fish Site. June 24, 2015.

Open house to focus on Tillamook flood reduction, habitat restoration project

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will host a Southern Flow Corridor Project open house this Wednesday, June 17.

The public is invited to drop in any time between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Port of Tillamook Bay Officer’s Mess Hall, 6825 Officer’s Row, Tillamook, and ask questions or submit comments about the project, which aims to reduce flood damage and restore native fish and wildlife habitat in the Tillamook Bay estuary through the design and eventual construction of a safe passage for floodwater from the Wilson River to Tillamook Bay…

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Open house to focus on Tillamook flood reduction, habitat restoration project. Tillamook County Pioneer. June 16, 2015.

Coalition tackles childhood obesity

Public, nonprofit and private organizations from throughout the region recently gathered to pledge their commitment to an effort to reduce childhood obesity in Wasco County, publicly signing pledges to the Wasco Childhood Obesity Reduction Community Action Plan (WCORCAP).

“The rate of childhood obesity in Wasco County exceeds both the state and national average,” said Michele Spatz, who with Dan Ericksen coordinated local participation in the project…

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Coalition tackles childhood obesity. The Dalles Chronicle. June 13, 2015.

Fort Clatsop’s Fort to Sea Trail one of coast’s best: Wild about Oregon coast

The Fort Clatsop area of Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks covers 1.74 square miles, not large by national park standards but a critical forested area in the watery, urbanized and logged northwest corner of Oregon.

The park’s main recreation components are the Fort to Sea Trail, which covers 6.5 miles between Fort Clatsop inland and Sunset Beach on the Oregon coast, plus the Netul Picnic Area canoe launch on the Lewis and Clark River…

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Fort Clatsop's Fort to Sea Trail one of coast's best: Wild about Oregon coast. Oregon Live. April 29, 2015.

SAGE Classroom Wins National Modular Building Institute Awards

The Modular Building Institute (MBI), the national organization advancing the work of the modular construction industry, bestowed an important honor on Portland State University’s groundbreaking SAGE (Smart Academic Green Environment) Classroom project on March 15 at the MBI’s 2015 Awards of Distinction in Las Vegas. The SAGE Classroom was recognized for its installations in the Edmonds, Wash., school district, winning First Prize in the Relocatable Education under 10,000 Square Feet category, and the SAGE Classroom that is now part of the Corvallis Waldorf School earned Honorable Mention in the highly competitive Green Building category…

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SAGE Classroom Wins National Modular Building Institute Awards. Portland State University. March 31, 2015 .

Juniper: It’s Not Just For Gin Anymore

Twisted old Juniper trees can make for a pretty photograph, but they don’t have a lot of commercial uses. And that can be a problem because there are a lot of juniper trees in Eastern Oregon, taking up space and water, and changing the habitat for species like the sage-grouse…

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Juniper: It's Not Just For Gin Anymore. OPB (Think Out Loud). March 11, 2015.

Portland’s levees require expensive fixes

Stakeholders are working to find a feasible solution to bring Portland levees up to federal standards…

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Portland’s levees require expensive fixes. The Daily Journal of Commerce. March 12, 2015.

New standards for Columbia River levees could cost millions

It’s been 157 years since a hurricane hit the West Coast of the United States. But even Portland isn’t immune to the effects of tropical cyclones.

That’s because hurricanes Katrina and Sandy have federal regulators considering whether already-built levees across the country are actually safe, a discussion causing headaches for local governments nationwide…

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New standards for Columbia River levees could cost millions . Metro News. March 5, 2015.

Rethinking Obesity

Educators, community leaders and health care providers say Wasco County children are suffering from an “epidemic” of being overweight and obese.

Wasco leads the state in obesity rates, meaning children here are not only living shorter, less happy lives, but are costing taxpayers more money taking care of their unhealthy habits, according to county healthcare providers.

More than 30 community leaders gathered last week as the first step in producing tangible fixes to the county’s obesity problem….

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Rethinking Obesity. The Dalles Chronicle. January 17, 2015.