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Work will continue on defective Columbia River levee system

Sixty-seven years after the city of Vanport was leveled by raging waters of the Columbia River, the failed levee that triggered the disaster is still inadequate to withstand a major flood.

However, the city of Portland and other local governments continue to work on the problem under the auspices of an Oregon Solutions Project…

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Work will continue on defective Columbia River levee system. Portland Tribune. July 14, 2015.

Columbia River levee still inadequate for flood (video)

Sixty-seven years after the city of Vanport was leveled by raging waters of the Columbia River, the failed levee that triggered the disaster is still inadequate to withstand a major flood…

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Columbia River levee still inadequate for flood (video). KOIN News 6. July 13, 2015.

Legislature Funds Oregon’s Fledgling Juniper Industry

Juniper is a native Oregon species. But decades of fire suppression and grazing have allowed the tree to spread voraciously over Eastern and Central Oregon. That’s a problem because juniper consumes sage grouse habitat and sucks up a lot of water.

The Oregon Legislature passed two bills at the end of the session to help boost juniper harvest, HB 2997 and HB 2998…

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Legislature Funds Oregon's Fledgling Juniper Industry . OPB. July 8, 2015.

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.