Environment

Environment & Planning

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. It’s designed to help residents understand if items are truly recyclable…therefore reducing “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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife says at least two wolves are roaming an area in southern Wasco County.

Recorded On: January 5, 2018

Air Date: January 8, 2017

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A major piece of legislation championed by Congressman Peter DeFazio has cleared both houses of Congress, that – if enacted - will benefit three Native American tribes in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene has just completed a new trail in one of its most visible parks, Skinner Butte.

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For the first time since 2011, Lane County is tops for waste recovery in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

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A new venture in Corvallis hopes to keep leftovers from landfills. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the “Food Too Good To Waste” campaign just scored a $45,000 dollar grant from the state Department of Environmental Quality to that effect.

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More trouble for the Canadian company that let 160,000 of its Atlantic salmon escape into Puget Sound this summer: Washington state officials announced Sunday that they had terminated Cooke Aquaculture's lease for its fish farm in Port Angeles after finding “serious safety problems” there.

Oregon State Police

Agencies working to clean up the site of a semi-tanker crash that spilled gasoline into the North Santiam River focused their efforts Sunday on removing contaminated soil along the riverbanks, sampling water intakes downstream, and monitoring air quality.

Rachael McDonald

An air stagnation advisory has been issued for the Willamette Valley. The inversion is expected to last through Monday according to officials.

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