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Portland's Bag Ban Takes Effect

2011 Victory - Portland joined San Francisco, Bellingham, Wash. and a dozen other west coast communities by banning disposable plastic bags at major grocery stores and retailers with pharmacies. We're working to pass more local bag bans in cities across the state — cutting plastic pollution right away while building momentum for a statewide ban.  

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Time to ban the beads | Russell Bassett

We all want our teeth to be clean after brushing, and our bodies to be clean after showering, but did you know the products used in these everyday activities could be harming wildlife? Hundreds of commonly-used household products contain tiny plastic microbeads, which can be a big problem for our environment. 

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News Release | Environment Oregon

Clean water wins as U.S. Senate leaders fail to overturn stream protections

Senators Wyden and Merkley and other champions of clean water beat back an attempt today by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to undo the Clean Water Rule, which restores protections for steams that feed the Willamette and Rogue Rivers and help provide drinking water for over 1.6 million Oregonians. 

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Nothing to fear from clean water | Russell Bassett

Halloween is the annual time to celebrate all the creepy things that go bump in the night, but what's really fightening are the many very real threats to our waterways and drinking water. Nothing is more important to life than clean water, yet few things are taken more for granted. We turn on our taps or swim in a local lake without fear because we believe the systems are working to keep our water clean. The fact is, those systems don’t always work, and in many cases, are failing to keep water safe. 

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News Release | Environment Oregon

31,000 Oregonians call for Crater Lake Wilderness

On Tuesday morning, Environment Oregon, Oregon Wild, and Umpqua Watersheds stood together with businesses, outdoor enthusiasts, and advocates of wild places in delivering over 31,000 public comments and 205 business and organization endorsements to Sen. Ron Wyden in support of permanently protecting Crater Lake and the surrounding forests, mountains, and streams by creating a 500,000-acre, 75-mile wilderness corridor around Crater Lake National Park. The groups held a press conference in front of Sen. Wyden’s office, with Mary Gautreaux, Deputy State Director for Sen. Wyden, receiving the comments.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Municipal Solar Factsheet

Solar power is on the rise – nationally, installed solar capacity grew by 30% in 2014 alone. Environment Oregon is currently working to pass five-year solar installation targets in five cities (Eugene, Ashland, Corvallis, Lake Oswego, and Milwaukie) and the commensurate policies to aid in meeting these targets. So far, over 90 local businesses and hundreds of local residents have endorsed bold solar targets in their cities.

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