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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.

Nature does it better

What would Mother Nature say about the way we spend precious conservation dollars? By quantifying nature’s benefits, Willamette Partnership is able to translate restoration efforts into metrics that are meaningful to industry and consumers.

How do we value nature?

Some people balk at the idea of putting a price tag on nature. How can we assign a dollar value to a majestic view of Mount Hood, or healthy salmon running up their home stream?

Just enough nitrogen for our ecosystem

We don’t often think of nitrogen as a basic necessity—like food, water, or shelter. But while we cannot survive without nitrogen, too much is harmful as well. What we need is not too much, not too little, but just enough of a good thing.

SWEET solutions: monitoring global public health solutions from PSU

Nearly a billion people lack access to clean drinking water, and half the world’s population burns wood as a sole means of cooking and sanitation. Consequently, two million people—mostly kids—die every year from contaminated water, and millions more from upper-respiratory disease caused by prolonged exposure to black soot. Unbelievable.

Destruction or construction? Dams from the Pacific NW to SE Asia

Last Wednesday, Pacific Power blew up the nearly 100-year-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in south central Washington, opening up miles of unencumbered salmon habitat. On the other side of the globe, nations in SE Asia are planning massive new hydroelectric dams on the Lower Mekong River.