Environment

Environment & Planning

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Douglas County is the fifth county to declare a drought order in Oregon this year.

As of May 18 snowpack in the Umpqua Basin is 26 percent of normal, according to the Natural resources Conservation Service. The State of Oregon Water Resources Department also expects stream flows to be much lower than normal.

Kyle Reed is a fire specialist with the Douglas Forest Protection Association, and he says that fire conditions in the forest are already dry, and he anticipates a busy fire season.

Rachael McDonald

On Thursday (5/24) the public is invited to take a tour of the Rock Creek Watershed. The forest west of Corvallis is where the city gets one third of its water.

Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team

Conservation groups are suing to stop a timber sale on more than 800 acres of forest service land east of Cottage Grove.

US Forest Service

Given the warm end to last summer and drier than normal winter, the Oregon Department of Forestry expects a higher chance of trees dying from drought or secondary attack by bark beetles this summer. The agency encourages tree and forest owners to watch for continuing drought symptoms like dead tops, dead branches, thinning canopies and stressed cone crops.

Willamette National Forest

The Willamette National Forest has re-opened nearly all of the trails closed by last summer’s wildfires. All trails in the Three Sisters Wilderness are now accessible. The Pacific Crest Trail through the Mount Jefferson Wilderness is now open in its entirety.

Christie Johnson / US Army Corps of Engineers

Land managers in the South Willamette Valley say people are illegally harvesting large numbers of Oregon grape plants from public lands.

David Baker

Filmmakers with Oregon State University followed scientists to the far reaches of the planet to record the global decline of coral reef eco-systems. They’ve produced a feature-length documentary which makes its debut in Eugene this weekend. (See extended interview below)

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The National Park Service is trying to crack down on drones being flown over popular sites, including Oregon’s Crater Lake.

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The U.S. Forest Service is advancing a plan to limit access to five wilderness areas in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Every year since 1970, April 22nd has marked Earth Day. Over time, the day has grown into a worldwide movement and a moment to highlight environmental issues. As KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports, some cities – including Corvallis – are making every day Earth Day.

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Lane County has released a new online tool called the Garbage Guru. The search engine is designed to help residents understand if items are truly recyclable, therefore reducing the “wishful recycling” that has led to China restricting what materials it takes from the Pacific Northwest.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene has made changes to what it accepts in your recycling bin. The changes, effective Monday (April 9, 2018) are in response to fluctuations in the international market for plastics.

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It’s going to be a dangerously windy and wet weekend in the region. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, people are advised to buckle down, limit travel, and avoid the beaches.

State of Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is blasting the Trump administration’s move to roll back new auto mileage standards being phased in by 2025.

International Paper

Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp on the McKenzie River will reopen Saturday. Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp is located near the intersection of Hayden Bridge Road and Marcola Road in Springfield.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Two boat ramps on the McKenzie River near Springfield will re-open Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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Over two days last week, Eugene Water and Electric Board took a slow approach to the draw down of Leaburg Lake. The hope is to help save the lives of an eel-like fish that’s important to northwest Indian tribes.

Recorded On: March 16, 2018

Air Date: March 19, 2018

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Douglas County says it has a recycling crisis. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, that’s the status of every municipality contending with so-called “wishful recycling.”

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Among the speakers at this weekend’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene is an attorney who represents 21 youths who are suing the federal government over climate change. 

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Local train crossings are set to quiet down a bit by 2021. The Eugene City Council has approved $7 million dollars to upgrade railroad crossings in the downtown and Whiteaker neighborhood. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Rachael McDonald

One to 3 inches of snow fell Thursday morning in the South Willamette Valley. Many local schools were closed or delayed due to the road conditions.

Eugene/Spring/Rose/Alb/Corv Emergency Reports for Thu. Feb. 22 - 7:59 am

Recorded on: February 16, 2018

Air Date: February 19, 2018

Governor Kate Brown established the Cleaner Air Oregon regulatory examination and overhaul after air quality monitoring research done by the US Forest Service in the Portland area showed dangerous levels of air pollutants.

Willamette Pass

After recent spring-like weather, Willamette Valley residents should brace for some colder temperatures coming Sunday into next week.

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A Portland non-profit has deemed Eugene’s parks “salmon-safe”, following efforts to improve water quality and habitat in more than 4,500 acres of city park land. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Rachael McDonald

The public is invited to review a new habitat management plan for Lane County’s most popular Park on Thursday. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald joined Lane County’s Natural Areas Coordinator Ed Alverson at Buford Park to find out more.

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Oregon’s Democratic Senators took to the floor today  to decry President Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Darryl Ivy

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will consider a ballot measure that would ban aerial spraying of pesticides. They’ve scheduled it for a May work session.

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Refuse plastic straws. Drink from reusable water bottles. Use bamboo utensils instead of plastic ones. These are tips from Lane County to reduce your waste. KLCC’s Deonna Anderson reports.

Lane County is encouraging residents to take a pledge to stop using disposables. Public Information Officer Devon Ashbridge says they’re always looking for ways to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle. Now, the county is challenging residents to take their waste-reduction habits even further.

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