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Sustainable water systems expertise emerges at PSU

Water is one of those needs so basic that its role in a sustainable ecosystem touches almost everything we study at Portland State. Effective water management underpins sustainable urban development, healthy food systems, and natural environments—and as the world’s population grows, water resources are under duress. 

Students uncover tale of landscape transformation on Oregon coast

The Astoria of today is a quirky tourist town perched along Oregon’s northernmost coastline. But it was once a booming center of industry. Mary Ann Rozance, along with a team of fellow students in the interdisciplinary National Science Foundation IGERT Ph.D. program at Portland State, set out to learn why the canning industry in the area went bust. What they found is a story of politically charged landscape alteration.

Restoring ecosystem services in the Rogue

I recently took a trip down to the Rogue Basin where the Freshwater Trust has partnered with the city of Medford, local nurseries, restoration contractors, and property owners to lower the temperature of the water in the Rogue River by planting trees along the banks of the Rogue and its tributaries.

Video | IGERT program marks two successful years, welcomes third student cohort

The National Science Foundation-funded Ph.D. program at Portland State focusing on the relationship between natural systems and urbanizing areas is welcoming its third cohort of students into the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, or IGERT

Take back the tap, Portland State

Over the years, the students of Take Back the Tap have worked hard to create meaningful change on the PSU campus and we have gained significant support from the campus community. However, as a Portland State alum, a citizen of Portland, and a member of the global community, I was embarrassed to attend “An Evening with Tim Wise” on April 10 and see Dasani bottled water placed on the podium.

Wells Fargo teams with PSU on cleantech challege

Portland State University and Wells Fargo are teaming up to present a new competition for students and faculty with innovative ideas about how to improve the way we operate in a resource-constrained environment.

Managing agricultural runoff on a local farm

For the second year in a row, our research team is working with funding through the Institute for Sustainable Solutions's (ISS) Solutions Generator program.

The Klamath water wars—a possible treaty?

In the aftermath of more than a decade characterized by disaster and conflict, stakeholders from the Klamath Basin have proposed an agreement for water allocation and natural resource restoration.

What toxins lurk in your cell phone?

Ten years ago, Willamette Riverkeeper asked environmental writer Elizabeth Grossman to research and author a report on Willamette water quality. What she found came as a huge surprise: toxins from our everyday high-tech devises, like computers and cell phones, had become a major source of local water pollution.

Rainforest: use it or lose it

Years ago, “save the rainforest” was a slogan that entrenched the man-versus-nature mindset. Today, conservationists increasingly understand that preserving the rainforests must go hand in hand with promoting the rural livelihoods of the people who live there.