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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Court Delivers Major Blow for Oregon LNG Project on Columbia River

    A federal judge handed Oregon LNG a significant setback today. Oregon LNG proposes building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the East Skipanon Peninsula near Warrenton, Oregon, to export North American natural gas overseas. According to today’s ruling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a valid legal right to use this property to deposit dredge spoils at the proposed terminal site. Unless the Army Corps is willing to forfeit the easement, Oregon LNG cannot build the proposed terminal.

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  • Federal Agencies Break the Law: Dams Create Lethally Hot Water and Fish Kills

    Federal dam operators are breaking the law by allowing the Columbia River to reach lethally hot temperatures for salmon. Scientists report that 400,000 sockeye, 80 percent of the run, are dead or dying. Fishermen and conservation groups are calling on the Obama Administration to take action to stop the extreme river heat.

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  • Dams = Hot Water Crisis on the Columbia

    Catastrophic. Devastating. These are just some of the words scientists are using to describe the crisis unfolding on the Columbia. Dams are the main culprit causing the salmon crisis. Salmon need cool water to survive. Dams heat up the river by decreasing river flow and creating huge, stagnant reservoirs that soak up the sun. Compounding the dam problem, this year’s low snowpack coupled with hot water temperatures are straining already imperiled salmon runs. News reports from across the region paint a sobering picture: salmon runs struggle to cope with the harsh realities of dams, poor water management, and climate change.

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  • Riverkeeper Court Update: Port of Vancouver

    Riverkeeper and allies were in court today to argue that the Port of Vancouver’s back room deals with Tesoro for an oil terminal lease violated state law. After today’s court hearing, the case is moving to a fact-finding trial. Riverkeeper looks forward to presenting our case that the Port should make decisions in a transparent manner and involve the public. The proposed Tesoro oil terminal is a serious threat to the Columbia River and our communities. For more information on online by rail, visit our website.

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  • Protect the Northwest from Crude Oil-By-Rail: Tell the Army Corps and EFSEC to Deny Permits for Tesoro Savage

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) and Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) are taking public comment on potential permits and associated environmental review for Tesoro Savage’s oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington. Tesoro Savage cannot build its terminal without permits from the Army Corps and EFSEC. Comment Deadline: August 1, 2015.

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  • Legislators Pass Coal Subsidy

    Washington legislators passed a transportation package that includes $84.5 million to build a controversial rail overpass that will benefit a proposed coal export terminal in Cowlitz County. Take action today to protect the Columbia River from coal export.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • First Friday: Hood River Office

    [ August 7, 2015; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] First Friday Open House at Columbia Riverkeeper. We will have snacks, drinks, and kid-friendly activities. Learn how you can get involved with helping the Columbia River.

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  • Save the Date: Columbia Riverkeeper 15th Anniversary Celebration & Awards

    [ October 17, 2015; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Let’s celebrate 15 years of protecting and restoring the Columbia with a party! Whether you joined recently or you were a member before we were Columbia Riverkeeper, we want you there so we can appreciate what we have all accomplished together. Music, games, conversations and awards; it won’t be the same without you.

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  • July Member Spotlight: Shelley Cimon

    Meet Shelley! Shelley Cimon volunteers with Riverkeeper on the Hanford Advisory Board. A long-time participant in Hanford cleanup, Shelley applies her knowledge and skills to the difficult work of protecting the Columbia River from the nation’s most radioactive site.

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  • Dams = Hot Water Crisis on the Columbia

    Catastrophic. Devastating. These are just some of the words scientists are using to describe the crisis unfolding on the Columbia. Dams are the main culprit causing the salmon crisis. Salmon need cool water to survive. Dams heat up the river by decreasing river flow and creating huge, stagnant reservoirs that soak up the sun. Compounding the dam problem, this year’s low snowpack coupled with hot water temperatures are straining already imperiled salmon runs. News reports from across the region paint a sobering picture: salmon runs struggle to cope with the harsh realities of dams, poor water management, and climate change.

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  • Riverkeeper Court Update: Port of Vancouver

    Riverkeeper and allies were in court today to argue that the Port of Vancouver’s back room deals with Tesoro for an oil terminal lease violated state law. After today’s court hearing, the case is moving to a fact-finding trial. Riverkeeper looks forward to presenting our case that the Port should make decisions in a transparent manner and involve the public. The proposed Tesoro oil terminal is a serious threat to the Columbia River and our communities. For more information on online by rail, visit our website.

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  • Save the Date: #SwimmableWater Weekend July 31-Aug. 2, 2015

    We’ll be celebrating swimmable waters July 31 through August 2. Take a photo of yourself recreating on the river, post it using the hashtag #SwimmableWater to enter the Waterkeeper Alliance Swimmable Water Photo Contest. Rules and prizes here.

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