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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Oregonians say ‘NO’ to subsides for coal and oil – recap of the public hearing

    The OTC’s official public hearing on the subsidies, known as ConnectOregon funds, occurred on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Salem. The room at the Salem Convention Center was packed with over 250 people, many in red shirts indicating their opposition to coal export and oil-by-rail.

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  • Will Oregon Subsidize Big Coal and Oil?

    [ July 17, 2014; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] NEW LOCATION Salem Convention Center 200 Commercial Street SE Salem, OR 97301 Oregon shouldn’t open the door to dirty coal export and massive amounts of crude oil-by-rail in our state. But that isn’t stopping Big Coal and Oil from knocking. This time, they’re not just knocking, they’re asking for 7 million dollars from taxpayers to make their polluting projects happen.

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  • Oregon LNG Faces Long Odds

    LUBA did not reach the issue of whether the County’s decision was consistent with local land use laws. Instead, LUBA found that a county commissioner was biased against LNG development and should have recused himself from voting on the pipeline. Now the County must take a new vote on whether Oregon LNG’s proposed pipeline complies with local laws.

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  • Public Hearing: Speak Up for Hanford Cleanup

    [ July 23, 2014; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] The U.S. Department of Energy (Energy) recently unveiled a much-anticipated proposal to clean up nuclear and toxic waste near the Columbia River. The problem? Energy’s plan falls short of dealing with the long-term risks of Hanford’s nuclear legacy. Join Riverkeeper on July 23rd at a public hearing in Hood River.

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  • We want to test your fish!

    The Columbia River contains too much toxic pollution. By making the direct connection to human health, we use personal stories and lab data to push for better laws, better enforcement, and cleaner water.

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  • Keep your coal, Gov. Mead- feature

    Longview protests Governor’s visit to sell coal

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • Sustainable Agriculture 2014

    In June, Columbia Riverkeeper partnered with Cascade Mountain School to educate students on water quality along the White Salmon River and how that could influence the quality in the Columbia River. Emphasis was placed on agricultural impacts on water quality due to the study focus of the program and the importance of farming locally. Students conducted baseline water sampling tests and researched about best practices with the goal of presenting an irrigation proposal to local farmers at the end of the program.

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  • Swim Guide is a smash hit in Oregon!

    Photo by Blaine Franger.
    In 2012 Columbia Riverkeeper was the first in Oregon to proudly launch Swim Guide, the real-time water quality smart phone app and website. Today Swim Guide includes over 6,000 beaches in North America, and the app is particularly popular in Oregon. Oregonians must love summer dips in cool, clean water because Oregon [...]

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  • Eat Fish, Hold the Pollution

    Eat Fish, Hold the Pollution.
    Why Washington should protect human health with new limits on toxic pollution
    By Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper
    Now that my one-year-old has a few teeth, he can eat salmon like you wouldn’t believe.  He loves it.  Our family eats Columbia River salmon about once a week, especially in the summertime.  I [...]

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  • July Member Spotlight: Paloma Ayala

    Paloma Ayala. Hood River, OR – Paloma Ayala is a photographer and graphic artist with a background in conflict analysis and resolution. Since she made the Gorge
    her home a few of years ago with her family, she has tried
    to connect her passion for the outdoors, photography and her commitment to justice and sustainability.

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  • Dockworkers Protest Crude-By-Rail Terminal and Unfair Labor Practices

    In remembrance of the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train tragedy that killed 47 people, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) raised a banner from cranes today calling out unfair labor practices and protesting unsafe oil at the Port of Vancouver in Washington.

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  • Public Comment: Will ConnectOregon funds Subsidize Coal and Oil

    [ July 21, 2014 1:00 pm to August 10, 2014 1:00 pm. ] The Oregon Department of Transportation is slated to subsidize oil and coal transportation infrastructure and it’s up to Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to block this gross misuse of public funds. Subsidizing coal export and crude oil shipping is not an appropriate use of ConnectOregon funds. The Oregon Transportation Commission should not approve applications to re-build the dock at Port Westward and alter the rail infrastructure along A-Street in Rainier because ConnectOregon funds should not subsidize coal and crude oil shipping.

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