Environment http://klcc.org en Fish Kill Likely Caused By Mill Fire http://klcc.org/post/fish-kill-likely-caused-mill-fire <p>The fire that destroyed a Springfield mill a week ago likely also caused a fish die-off in the nearby millrace.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:41 +0000 Rachael McDonald 18119 at http://klcc.org Fish Kill Likely Caused By Mill Fire Oregon’s Elliott State Forest Could Be Sold To Timber Companies http://klcc.org/post/oregon-s-elliott-state-forest-could-be-sold-timber-companies <p>The 93,000 acres of a state forest on the south Oregon coast could be sold to private timber companies.<br /><br />That’s one option being considered by Oregon’s Department of State Lands, which says the forest drains millions of dollars from a trust fund that supports public education.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:31:52 +0000 Devan Schwartz 18100 at http://klcc.org Oregon’s Elliott State Forest Could Be Sold To Timber Companies Update - Warning To Avoid Willamette River Lifted http://klcc.org/post/update-warning-avoid-willamette-river-lifted <p></p><p>Lane County Emergency Management has been notified by the Department of Environmental Quality the lab results for the water samples taken from the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park do not show any past or present public health threat. &nbsp;The advisory to stay out of the water has been canceled as of Sunday (7/20)&nbsp; morning.</p><p>An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating the fish or going in the water Friday. The cause of the fish deaths is still unknown.</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:19:41 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 17840 at http://klcc.org Update - Warning To Avoid Willamette River Lifted Mosquitoes Still A Problem In Bandon Despite Larvicide Application http://klcc.org/post/mosquitoes-still-problem-bandon-despite-larvicide-application <p>Bandon residents continue to have mosquito problem. Another round of larvicide was applied Sunday by air to a section of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.</p><p>Residents living near the marsh started noticing a drastic increase in mosquitoes last year. Coos County officials approved the use of the larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, to deal with the problem. Bti is designed to gum-up mosquito's digestive systems after they hatch but before they become adults. Environmental Health Manager Rick Hallmark says the timing of a Bti application is crucial.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:23:08 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 17702 at http://klcc.org Mosquitoes Still A Problem In Bandon Despite Larvicide Application The Oso Mudslides: Lessons For Oregon http://klcc.org/post/oso-mudslides-lessons-oregon <p>Meeting Date: July 11, 2014</p><p>Air Date: July 14, 2014</p><p>Landslides are intrinsic to the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Many natural features of this region resulted from slides triggered by weather or seismic activity. Less than 4 months ago, about 350 miles from Eugene, a massive landslide was hard to miss.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 17362 at http://klcc.org Federal Funds Allocated For Oregon's Outdoor Areas http://klcc.org/post/federal-funds-allocated-oregons-outdoor-areas <p>The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been distributing money to the states for 50 years. Last week, Governor Kitzhaber announced Oregon's 2014 allocation.</p><p>Oregon will receive over 650 thousand dollars this year, to be used to acquire land and develop outdoor recreation areas. The amount is on par with funding over the past few years. Chris Havel is with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. He says the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been remarkably long-lived, supporting thousands of projects over the years.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Karen Richards 17139 at http://klcc.org Federal Funds Allocated For Oregon's Outdoor Areas Firefighters Facing Heat Wave In Washington And Oregon http://klcc.org/post/firefighters-facing-heat-wave-washington-and-oregon <p>Crews battling wildfires in eastern Washington and southeastern Oregon are dealing with sizzling hot temperatures not just from flames, but also a general heat wave. Correspondent Tom Banse reports firefighters are gaining ground this weekend despite the wilting heat. Four out of the five largest fires are nearly 100 percent contained.</p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:46:07 +0000 Tom Banse 17389 at http://klcc.org Firefighters Facing Heat Wave In Washington And Oregon Coos County Controls Summer Mosquito Populations http://klcc.org/post/coos-county-controls-summer-mosquito-populations <p></p><p>Residents living near the Bandon Marsh on the southern coast were plagued by thousands of biting mosquitoes last summer. It’s getting better. After public pressure, officials have reduced the bug population.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The number of Aedes dorsalis mosquitoes in the Bandon Marsh area is significantly lower than last year. But Coos County’s environmental health program manager Rick Hallmark says the numbers have been increasing lately. Just a few weeks ago there were only 10 to 15 in each trap.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:08:21 +0000 Amanda Butt 17146 at http://klcc.org Coos County Controls Summer Mosquito Populations Supreme Court Decision Could Impact NW Clean Fuel Rules http://klcc.org/post/supreme-court-decision-could-impact-nw-clean-fuel-rules <p>Last week, the U-S Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s clean fuel law. Supporters of the law – and of similar efforts in Oregon and Washington – say the high court’s decision clears the way for the West Coast to take the lead in reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But opponents in the petroleum industry say the law is still a bad idea.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:13:01 +0000 Liam Moriarty 17045 at http://klcc.org Supreme Court Decision Could Impact NW Clean Fuel Rules UPDATE: Activists Disrupt Monday Morning at Biomass Plant In Eugene http://klcc.org/post/update-activists-disrupt-monday-morning-biomass-plant-eugene <p>Updated: 7:20pm</p><p>Three people were arrested at a protest yesterday at the Seneca-Jones Biomass plant in north Eugene.&nbsp; The Lane County Sheriff's Office says about 100 people gathered outside the facility to oppose the bio-mass operation and the company's plans to log old growth trees in southwest Oregon. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:37:18 +0000 Rachael McDonald, Jes Burns & Tiffany Eckert 17005 at http://klcc.org UPDATE: Activists Disrupt Monday Morning at Biomass Plant In Eugene