DEQ Repair and Reuse grants spur growth for small businesses and nonprofits

A Repair and Reuse grant from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality can be transformative for a small business or nonprofit. “The DEQ was great to work with, I can say that,” said Willa Bauman, operations manager at the ToolBox Project in Eugene. The nonprofit runs a tool library, where members borrow tools instead ofContinue reading “DEQ Repair and Reuse grants spur growth for small businesses and nonprofits”

Staying connected while working apart

While Oregonians are practicing physical distancing and taking other precautions as we weather the COVID-19 pandemic together, staff can still connect whether it’s 6 feet or 6 miles apart. Here are some friendly faces of staff from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality who continue to adjust to working at home. It may sound great toContinue reading “Staying connected while working apart”

State agencies ask Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from outdoor burning while communities respond to COVID-19

In response to the “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, a coalition of Oregon state agencies are asking Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office (OSFM), Oregon Department ofContinue reading “State agencies ask Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from outdoor burning while communities respond to COVID-19”

EPA taking comment on permits for dams along lower Columbia and Snake rivers

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking the public for comment on draft discharge permits for eight federally regulated dams along the lower Columbia and lower Snake rivers. Public comments will be taken until May 4. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, McNary, Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose andContinue reading “EPA taking comment on permits for dams along lower Columbia and Snake rivers”

Memories of the New Carissa

Swollen seas and strong winds combined to push the New Carissa onto the Oregon Coast near Coos Bay in winter 1999, starting an epic cleanup and removal saga for the large beached boat.

Twenty-one years later the New Carissa remains one of the biggest environmental disasters in Oregon history.

DEQ responds to underground gasoline tank release in Canyonville

An underground storage tank at a service station in Canyonville failed recently, releasing an estimated 3,000 gallons of gasoline into the ground. Some of the fuel seeped through the ground and into the creek near the Main Street crossing. The creek is a tributary of the South Umpqua River. The Oregon Department of Environmental QualityContinue reading “DEQ responds to underground gasoline tank release in Canyonville”

Staff spotlight on Dana Bailey – Keeping DEQ safe

Dana Bailey is all about safety. If you’re not wearing the right gear, she’ll let you know. If you slouch at your desk, she’ll give you tips on ergonomics. As a safety specialist II., working out of DEQ’s Portland headquarters, she writes safety policy, leads safety trainings and conducts hazards assessments. She also serves asContinue reading “Staff spotlight on Dana Bailey – Keeping DEQ safe”