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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Columbia River Ship Traffic: Impact of Coal and Oil Plans

    Sightline Institute report shows proposed coal and oil shipping terminals could TRIPLE major vessel traffic on the Columbia River, increasing the risk of collisions and spills.

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  • Oil Train Derails, Explodes, and Spill into West Virginia’s Kanawha River: Stop the Madness

    An oil train derailed, exploded, and spilled crude oil into the Kanawha River in West Virginia. According to Reuters, two nearby towns – Boomer Bottom and Adena Village – are being evacuated. At least one home was reportedly destroyed in the fire, and oil was burning on the Kanawha River this afternoon. Downstream water agencies have been ordered to shut off their intake valves, and local residents are being asked to conserve water for essential uses only.

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  • Science Shows Vital Fish Habitat Threatened by Proposed Oregon LNG Terminal

    “Putting a massive LNG terminal in the heart of the lower Columbia’s most popular commercial and recreational fishery undermines decades of work to protect fishing opportunities in the lower Columbia River,” said Bob Rees, Columbia River fishing guide and Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders. “On top of this, our region has invested billions of dollars in restoring salmon habitat. And a lot of this money is focused in the Columbia River Estuary near Oregon LNG’s project. The contradictions beg for bold action from regulators to protect the Pacific Northwest’s fishing heritage.”

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  • Propane in Portland: Putting our Environment, Communities and Jobs at Risk

    The propane Pembina proposes to export from the Port of Portland would arrive in mile-long pressurized unit trains as liquefied propane gas (LPG). From the trains, the LPG would be stored in massive storage tanks (up to 33 million gallons) that are refrigerated to -44 degrees Fahrenheit. From there, the LPG would be transferred by pipeline across an area currently protected from this type of industrial activity onto massive ships. Because piping LPG through an Environmental Conservation Zone is prohibited, Pembina is currently seeking an amendment to Portland’s Conservation Habitat zoning from Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission – a change the Commission can reject.

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  • Coal export investigation: Internal emails reveal why Corps took shortcut

    Columbia Riverkeeper is releasing key documents that show that political pressure, not science, controlled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s decision making for the controversial Morrow Pacific coal export terminal in Oregon. The documents provide a rare and unsettling look at how Corps’ decisions are made.

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  • Attend LNG Meetings!

    Oregon LNG proposes destroying over 130 acres of high-quality endangered salmon habitat in Youngs Bay, located in the Columbia River Estuary near Astoria. Join us and tell DEQ and the Corps to deny these permits at upcoming public meetings, also submit comments today!

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • Community-Led State of the Hanford Site Meeting in Spokane

    [ February 28, 2015; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ] Learn about the latest challenges and advances in cleanup at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this Saturday in Spokane. Stay tuned for upcoming community-led State of the Hanford Site meetings in Vancouver & Walla Walla.

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  • Spring Cleaning: Get Rid of Old Vehicles or Stocks Gathering Dust

    The buds on the trees are swelling, the first wildflowers are blooming. Are you thinking spring cleaning? Or maybe thinking of donating a vehicle or stock? Great news: Riverkeeper is now accepting stocks and vehicles. Both are great ways to make a big investment in clean water, strong salmon runs, and healthy communities.

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  • Riverkeeper Data Used in Regional Temperature Model

    Our citizen scientist water quality data is being utilized for regional stream temperature model coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service. Scientists determined that salmon survival requires cool water: the temperature must remain below 68°F, and this is the maximum temperature allowed by law. However, the Columbia River already regularly exceeds 70°F, and climate models predict temperatures will continue to rise. This puts salmon and steelhead under significant stress, reduces growth rates, and increases the risk of disease and predation.

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  • Member Spotlight: Rory Gravelle

    Rory Gravelle is a student enrolled at Portland Community College (PCC) and a volunteer with Columbia Riverkeeper. Motivated by a public health course at PCC, Rory contacted Riverkeeper’s Community Organizer, Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, for practical applications to complement his classroom work.

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  • LNG Export Walk: Make a Statement with your Feet on Saturday, March 14 in Warrenton!

    Does this look like an appropriate place for an LNG terminal? Come see for yourself and make a statement against closing our land and rivers to the public for a dangerous, destructive LNG terminal!
    Join us Saturday, March 14, 2015 to see where Oregon LNG proposes to build a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal. […]

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  • Take a Stand for Toxic-Free Fish

    Do you know Washington State’s dirty little secret? For decades, polluters in Washington have benefited from some of the nation’s least protective toxic pollution standards. We can change this. Right now the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are asking for public input on new laws that could make it harder—or easier—to discharge cancer-causing toxic pollution to our rivers. Comment today!

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