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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Fracked Gas-to-Methanol Refinery Permit Invalid

    Today (9/18/2017), we received a victory in our challenge on the proposed methanol refinery in Kalama, Washington. Washington’s Shorelines Hearings Board (Board) ruled that the Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County violated the law by failing to disclose and evaluate greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s largest methanol refinery, proposed on the banks of the Columbia River. As a result, permits previously issued for the project are invalid.

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  • Radio Tierra Show Launch Party 9/19 at Lake Taco

    We are launching a new show on Radio Tierra called “Conoce Tu Columbia // Know Your Columbia.” Join us for the launch party on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Lake Taco in Hood River. The show is produced by Columbia Riverkeeper’s Community Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández.

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  • Fundraiser: Dinner Theater 10/19

    Join us for an unforgettable evening October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm. Proceeds to fight fossil fuel export terminal proposals that threaten the Columbia River. Artist Holcombe Waller Performs Notes from the Riverkeeper, Music and Spoken Word Journey about the Columbia River.

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  • Activist Artist Holcombe Waller Launches Northwest Musical Tour

    Notes from the Riverkeepers new music by artist Holcombe Waller makes its world premiere with a regional tour (Sept. 22-Oct. 4, 2017). The musical homily provides a history of crude-oil-by-rail transportation in the Columbia River Gorge; culminating with the nearly catastrophic Union Pacific oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon in June of 2016.

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  • Voices standing up for communities and calling for an end to reckless oil trains

    Today, Aug. 22, 2017, Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) held its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal, with over 150 attendees urging EFSEC to deny the largest proposed oil train terminal in North America. The hearing focused on stormwater pollution from the proposed terminal, but many people used the opportunity to urge EFSEC and Governor Jay Inslee to deny the project as a whole.

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  • “Computer modeling shows that Lower Snake River dams caused dangerously hot water for salmon in 2015″

    As some federal legislators move to stifle salmon recovery and science, we’re releasing new research on how the Snake River dams affect water temperature and salmon migration. In 2015, hot water killed 250,000 sockeye salmon in the Columbia River basin.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • A skyscraper of coal on the Columbia?

    That’s what we’re looking at–16 mile-long coal trains every day barreling through neighborhoods, threatening air quality and public safety, and coal piled eight-stories high on the banks of the Columbia River. You can stop this cancer-causing, climate disaster coal export proposal! Submit your comment on the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use permits today to block Millennium’s dirty, dangerous coal export scheme!

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  • Radio Tierra Show Launch Party 9/19 at Lake Taco

    We are launching a new show on Radio Tierra called “Conoce Tu Columbia // Know Your Columbia.” Join us for the launch party on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Lake Taco in Hood River. The show is produced by Columbia Riverkeeper’s Community Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández.

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  • Activist Artist Holcombe Waller Launches Northwest Musical Tour

    Notes from the Riverkeepers new music by artist Holcombe Waller makes its world premiere with a regional tour (Sept. 22-Oct. 4, 2017). The musical homily provides a history of crude-oil-by-rail transportation in the Columbia River Gorge; culminating with the nearly catastrophic Union Pacific oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon in June of 2016.

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  • Public’s last chance to weigh in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee

    [ August 22, 2017; 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will hold its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal on today (Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017), in Vancouver, WA. EFSEC will take public comments on the draft stormwater pollution permit for Tesoro, the largest proposed oil train terminal in North America. This is the public’s last chance to weigh in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee. The stormwater permit is one of several individual permits required for the proposed 360,000-barrel-per day oil train terminal.

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  • Ubaldo Hernández’s Journey

    Ubaldo has a favorite proverb that captures his passion for clean water: “El hombre llevó a su hijo al río y le dijo, ‘Esta es tu herencia, te lo dejo todo.’” In English it reads, “The man brought his son to the river and told him, ‘This is your inheritance. I leave everything to you.’’’ He added, we are entrusted with protecting clean water, whether we grew up along the Columbia or immigrated to the Columbia Basin from elsewhere.

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  • “From Source to Sea”

    Photographer, Peter Marbach, shares his unique perspective having traveled along the Columbia’s 1,243 miles, photographing riverscapes, wildlife, and the people who live and work along the river while taking in the sights and sounds of salmon migration.

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