Full-time, temporary contract organizer for Local Water Alliance.
The Hood River County Water Protection Measure is a ballot initiative introduced by the Local Water Alliance and if
passed will be the first community-led effort to ban commercial […]
National Prescription Drug Take-Back takes place Sept. 26th from 10 am-2 pm.
It’s a day you can take your unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to a local site for safe disposal. It’s a great opportunity […]
Representative Mark Johnson is a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives from District 52, Hood River.
This District includes parts of Gresham and sections of Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties. He was first elected […]
Interested in an easy way to use less water this summer? Stop watering your lawn. Nationally, landscape irrigation makes up about 30% of household water use. Not watering will allow more water to be left in-stream, which can help Hood River crops, fish, and other aquatic species through this drought. During this low water year, every drop counts. […]
Sometimes it feels like acceptance and dispersal of renewable energy technologies has taken a lifetime. Because it has. In the hippie-flavored 1970s, thousands of people tinkered with hundreds of potential technologies like this umbrella-powered truck. From the confusion emerged a very few that could be scaled up enough to make a dent in the fossil fuel juggernaut […]
Everything about Threemile Canyon Farms is supersize. It covers 40,000 acres near Boardman, Oregon; raises 25,000 dairy cows which produce 130,000 gallons of milk—every day; grows 230,000 tons of potatoes a year; and 8,000 acres of organically certified vegetables. It may be the only gated farm in the Northwest and one that has a security guard station at every gate. […]
Our car is jerked by the wind as we drive highway I-84 toward Goldendale, Washington. Awaiting us there is Dave Johnson, who’s created a custom waste-oil-fuel-tank for my husband’s Mercedes 190 Diesel sedan. While we talk of which local restaurants may have spare waste oil for the new tank, I watch The Dalles Dam to our left. Water gushes through the gates churning out power. […]
Ditch the paper cup with Envirogorge’s Re-Fill Challenge. Stopping at the coffee shop to get your morning fix, think before you grab that disposable cup. We are challenging you to Use A Reusable. You can have your take away without the throw away. For the month of June, instead of using a paper cup and all its accouterments borrow a house mug or bring your own! […]
“The Columbia River has served the people of the Pacific Northwest for eons as a source of food, energy, and a major highway for commerce,” said Senator Ron Wyden. “Dedicating funds to cleaning up the river is critical to ensuring that it is protected from pollution that harms the people and ecosystem that depend on it. It is past time to provide this support for the Columbia River Basin.” […]
Whitson Elementary’s Schoolyard Habitat program in partnership with Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery (NFH), and Yakama Nation Fisheries (YNF) received Envirogorge’s Nature Space Award on May 14 2015. […]
When you visit a dairy community there is one smell in the air: thousands of pounds of poop. It’s a mind-boggling amount of manure, far too much to throw into a compost bin. Because of this overwhelming quantity of dung, dairy farms face the same problem faced by all human communities: what to do with waste. […]
Cait Ride’s passion for gardening and love for good food found an outlet in beekeeping. After being introduced to beekeeping while working at a farm in South Carolina, Cait was hooked, and she wants to share her passion through her new project Honey By The People, a community focused beekeeping venture. […]
The Bandel-Ramirez family wins the first 2015 Envirogorge Nature Space Award. The family, parents David and Elena and children Maisie and Lolo, won for converting a lawn into an urban garden. It’s shared space. There’s Dano and Truman, two giant (but gentle) dogs; three chickens, a couple of baby chicks, and a rabbit that would just as soon be left alone. […]
It’s the reassuring hum of the refrigerator late at night, the random tumble of laundry in the dryer. It pushes the second hand and the turbine. We call it “power” for good reason, because without it we’d be choppingand pumping and flicking the whip at beasts of burden […]
Tim and Keeley Jefferies say they live $90,000 from the grid. Meaning it would cost that much to bring power lines the two and a half miles to their ranch above the Deschutes River. They power their house in the prairie with solar panels, being very mindful of how much they use. […]
In. Out. Movement. That is transportation. Moving the Gorge’s natural resources—lumber, fish, water—affects who gets it and the impacts of the transport. This movement of goods is how we wrap up our Transportation focus. Des Campbell looks at one: huckleberries in the national forests. SEH & EKK […]
The Ten Percent.
Scientists and planners say: if ten percent of the surface area of a watershed is impermeable, its stream channels are destabilized and fish habitat degrades. The number of fish species as well as the abundance of their eggs and larvae declines sharply at this level. […]
This is Part 1 of Impervious, an Envirogorge series on transportation. Writer Valerie Brown explores what it takes to create ease of movement in the Columbia River Gorge. SEH & EKK
You’re on a home improvement kick. You pour a new concrete driveway, put on a new roof black asphalt shingles, clean your rain gutters making sure the downspouts feed into the stormwater drains […]
The Columbia River is a highway for salmon, steelhead, lamprey. The quality of it’s water is critical for them. One of the key players working on just that is Mary Lou Soscia. SEH
Remember that kid who was always talking in class? Maybe it was you or maybe a friend or classmate. Extroverted and driven to connect with others—they keep talking. […]
Tradition has it that east and west can never meet. Turns out that’s not true. In the Columbia River Gorge east and west meet in a fascinating blend of ecological features, and there is one […]
A narrow garden extends several blocks along Jewett Street separating the shops, restaurants and offices from the street. Julia DeArmond nominated downtown White Salmon, Washington urban street garden.
“I enjoy the planting strips for the feeling […]
The Columbia River Gorge is home to some of the most diverse and dynamic natural landscapes in the nation.
In it are basalt cliffs, grasslands at its east end, temperate rain forests west,and holds a host […]
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest selected Mosé Jones-Yellin as the incoming Mt. Adams District Ranger. Jones-Yellin is currently the Deputy District Ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California, but is no stranger to the […]