16 episodes

GreenState, a podcast from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ protects air, land and water. The podcast covers all things environmental in Oregon. Hosts are Lauren Wirtis and Dylan Darling, two public affairs specialists with the agency.

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GreenState, a podcast from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. DEQ protects air, land and water. The podcast covers all things environmental in Oregon. Hosts are Lauren Wirtis and Dylan Darling, two public affairs specialists with the agency.

    15. Complaints and Inspections

    15. Complaints and Inspections

    People often ask DEQ: how do you ensure facilities follow environmental laws? There are a lot of answers, but key parts are complaints, inspections and enforcement. This is the first of a two-part series that dives into the complaints and inspections process.

    Lauren talks with the manager of the complaints system, a complaints inspector and two facility inspectors about how they receive complaints, find the source of pollution complaints, keep tabs on facilities that DEQ regulates and what happens when there is a violation.

    • 35 min
    14. Get to Know Your H2O

    14. Get to Know Your H2O

    Of the many things important to people in Oregon, a major one is water. DEQ plays a major role in protecting water quality of lakes, rivers and streams to ensure they can support aquatic plants and animals.

    Lauren and Dylan talk to DEQ's Water Quality Administrator about the state of Oregon's water as well as the staff working on improving it.

    • 28 min
    13. Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms (aka cyanoHABs)

    13. Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms (aka cyanoHABs)

    When out exploring waterways around Oregon you might encounter thick, colorful water – so thick and bright that it looks like green, blue or brown paint. These cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms, or cyanoHABs, can pose a public health risk. So Lauren and Dylan talk with water experts from the DEQ lab and Oregon Health Authority to learn more, including how to protect yourself.

    • 32 min
    12. Community Smoke Response Plans

    12. Community Smoke Response Plans

    Prescribed burning and wildfire can send smoke into communities around Oregon, which may impact public health. So, DEQ has been working with communities around Oregon to develop community smoke response plans. Lauren and Dylan talk with Smokewise Ashland, a local collaborative working group ground in Southern Oregon, which has been operating a community smoke response plan for years. Voices include a longtime Ashland resident who has utilized the program to better prepare for smoke.

    Show notes:

    • 34 min
    11. Youth Innovation in Air Quality

    11. Youth Innovation in Air Quality

    It's Air Quality Awareness Week and National Wildfire Awareness Month, so... we've got a really cool episode. We're talking with Richard Deng, a freshman in high school, who after experiencing a series of smoky summers decided to dedicate his time to making an air quality prediction tool that has now won multiple science fair awards. Lauren and Dylan talk with Richard about what exactly inspired him to make this tool, how he did it, what it can accomplish and where he'll be taking it next.

    Show notes: https://deqblog.com/2022/05/04/ep11-youthinnovation/

    • 29 min
    10. Environmental Justice

    10. Environmental Justice

    To celebrate Earth Day/Week/Month, Lauren and Dylan are talking about environmental justice and diversity, equity and inclusion - not just in general, but how this conversation is evolving at DEQ specifically.

    Show notes: https://deqblog.com/2022/04/14/environmental-justice/

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

pgrabin1 ,

A lot of great detailed science and information

This is a “must listen” for any West coast person. I’m new to OR and the West coast but I did have some smoke/air pollution knowledge from 7yrs living in Colorado. The first episode was produced and edited well and can educate everyone on this important issue.

AndrewBarbender ,

Must Listen

Dylan Darling and the crew dispense much needed information in a well produced podcast. I’ll be checking back to hear more about how I can prepare for the future!

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