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Environment & Planning

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It’s been more than a decade since White-Nose Syndrome began ravaging bat populations across the East Coast. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given out more than a million dollars in grants to 37 states, to monitor and study the fungal disease. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this now includes the Pacific Northwest.  

Eugene's First Community Bee Count Saturday

Jul 12, 2017
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There are over 500 species of bees in Oregon, 250 of which can be found in the Willamette valley. You can help count them at the first annual community bee count being held in Eugene Saturday, July 15.


Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Conservation groups are cheering Monday after the Joint Ways and Means Committee in Salem advanced $100 million in bonds to protect the Elliott State Forest.  Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands has been fighting for years to keep the forest from being logged.

Rachael McDonald

A trial date has been set for the climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 young people. Federal Judge Ann Aiken  will hear the case beginning February 5th in Eugene.

US Forest Service

Both folks and fish can have their way, thanks to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Siuslaw National Forest’s new mitigation project at Bull Creek.


Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) wants volunteers in the Mid-Willamette Valley to help determine what is in their groundwater.

Rachael McDonald

On Saturday, Land Trusts around Oregon are encouraging people to “Walk the Land”. The idea is to bring people to special natural areas that aren’t always open to the public and highlight the work of conservation groups. For a preview, McKenzie River Trust Executive Director Joe Moll took KLCC’s Rachael McDonald to their largest property, Green Island, north of Eugene on a windy day.

Central Oregon Fire

The first weekend of summer is going to be a hot one in Oregon. Clear, sunny skies are forecast with highs in the mid-90s in the Willamette Valley.

Douglas Forest Protective Association Facebook photo.

Fire restrictions are in effect beginning today on more than a million acres in Douglas County.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Hal Hermanson

The Oregon Coast Aquarium has been ranked among the top ten in North America. As part of our 50th Anniversary Road Trip Series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the sights and sounds during a private tour of Newport’s 25-year old aquarium.

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The EPA has awarded half a million dollars to a coalition representing Eugene-Springfield and Lane County, for possible clean-up of former or potential business sites.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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A tri-state collaboration aims to tackle energy, water, and food issues across the Pacific Northwest.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the long-term goal is to improve regional economies as well as human and environmental health. 

Cascadia Forest Defenders.

A sit-in protest is being staged in the Goose Timber sale area around McKenzie Bridge, east of Eugene. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, environmentalists want to keep the timber from being harvested. 

Rachael McDonald

A ballot measure that bans the aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County has passed by a margin of 61 votes. Supporters say theirs is the first county in the U.S. to enact such a ban by a vote of the people.

Central Oregon Fire Info

Heavy rainfall this spring helped boost Oregon's snowpack after several years of below-average levels. Depending on how wet or dry the rest of the spring turns out, the 2017 wildfire season could be less dramatic than in previous years.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) a grant for recovery costs related to last winter’s major ice storm.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.  

OSU / Oregon State University

In the last few weeks, there have been roughly a dozen cougar sightings across Lane County.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, wildlife officials are urging locals to keep calm.

The Eco Boutique

Behind the glitz and glitter, high fashion is a dirty business. According to Ecowatch, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world—the first is oil. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, a few designers in Eugene are promoting “conscious consumerism” this Saturday with a different kind of fashion show.

The 2ND Annual Eco-Couture “Trashion Show” is designed to shed light on just how much waste we make and toss away. Farale Nelson is with Of the Earth apparel and The Eco Boutique.

NOAA / NOAA

We’re all about sound here at KLCC.  And so is the Ocean Acoustics Program at NOAA’s facility in Newport.  Its program manager, Bob Dziak  and his team of nine researchers, analyze underwater recordings which help gauge the health and activity of the waters.  KLCC’s Brian Bull visited Dziak recently as part of our ongoing 50th Anniversary Road Trip. 

John Fischer

The City of Eugene throws away over 40 million pounds of food every year, half of which comes from homes. The south university neighborhood will be joining Eugene’s growing food waste collection pilot program this week.

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Elk research and habitat restoration in Oregon has just received nearly $270,000 in grant money. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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The Oregon State Parks Foundation hopes “eclipse fever” will help boost their membership. The non-profit will soon auction off 30 campsites within the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21st.


Danielle Tinker / Beyond Toxics

A Eugene non-profit is cheering a decision by garden retailers to stop selling pesticides that are dangerous to bees.

Rachael McDonald

A federal judge in Eugene says the Trump administration is, quote, “putting the cart before the horse” by appealing a climate lawsuit brought by 21 young people. The case has already survived 2 motions for dismissal and is set to go to trial later this year.

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Portland is experiencing its second wettest water year on record, while Eugene is only in its 24th wettest year in history.  It has, however, broken a record for the longest number of days of measurable precipitation at 143 days since October 1st.

Rachael McDonald

The kids who are suing the government over climate change are in Washington D.C. this week. They’re joining the People’s Climate March Saturday.

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A new Oregon State University study shows forest fires have increased across the Pacific Northwest, with more severe blazes negatively affecting old growth forests.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

EWEB

About 1700 people in the south Willamette Valley are still without power this morning following an exceptionally strong spring storm. Flying limbs and falling trees brought down power lines across the territory serviced by Eugene Water and Electric Board.

The 82,500-acre Elliott State Forest in southwestern Oregon may be staying in public hands after all.

Treasurer Tobias Read — who cast a crucial vote last month to proceed with the sale — announced Tuesday that he sees a "path forward" for keeping the forest in public hands.

Read said in an interview that it is too early to proclaim certainty that the forest would remain public, but he added, "I would not be making this statement if I did not think that I had a reasonable degree of confidence that this is achievable."

Beyond Toxics

The Trump Administration has issued executive orders rolling back vehicle gas mileage minimums and the Clean Power Plan, both of which would have put the United States on a path to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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