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Top Stories

Top Stories

  • Grand Coulee Dam Settlement

    Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

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  • Union Pacific Railroad Sues to Exempt Itself From Gorge Protections

    “Columbia River communities are still reeling from the fiery oil train derailment on Union Pacific’s tracks. Union Pacific’s profit-driven lawsuit won’t bully Gorge communities. Even the nation’s biggest railroad must submit to federal laws and treaties with Indian Nations,” stated Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper.

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  • Oil Train Legislation

    We are heartened to see Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney take up the critical public safety issue of dangerous oil trains in Oregon. On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Mosier, spilling oil that burned and polluted the Columbia River. The Mosier derailment could easily have destroyed the town and injured or killed people. Oregon is overdue to take every measure possible to protect our vulnerable towns, rivers, and fishing sites near oil trains.

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  • Breaking News on Coal Exports

    “Commissioner Goldmark listened to the public and gave a firm ‘no’ to the largest coal terminal in the country. Millennium started off misleading the public about the intended size of the coal terminal and later ignored Washington state’s request for critical information on their finances. Millennium failed to show they can protect public resources–the Columbia River. We ring in the new year with a major victory for the public, and showing that, once again the Northwest holds the line on dirty fossil fuels.”

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  • Community Groups Agree: Oregon Needs Clean Energy, Not Fossil Fuels

    “Oregon is working diligently to reduce its reliance on highly polluting fuels like fracked natural gas. This proposal takes Oregon in the wrong direction, undercutting the region’s effort to establish the cleanest energy system we can. While the federal government seems unlikely to take action on carbon pollution, Oregon needs to do better than committing to decades of fossil fuel power that harms our climate and stresses our natural systems.” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director of Columbia Riverkeeper

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  • Election Results for Columbia Riverkeeper Board

    Linda McLain is the newly-elected President of Columbia Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors. McLain is a Vancouver resident and is an owner of Currie & McLain Certified Public Accountants.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

  • Grand Coulee Dam Settlement

    Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

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  • Save the Date: FisherPoets Gathering 2017

    Join us for FisherPoets Feb. 24-26, 2017 for an Astoria tradition, bringing men and women tied to the fishing industry together to share poems, stories, songs, memoirs, essays and art in celebration of the work and its people.

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  • Riverkeeper & Partners Call for Investigation into Proposed Factory Farm

    Riverkeeper and partners are calling for an investigation into whether the second largest factory farm in Oregon history violated state water pollution and business laws. Learn how we used flyovers and freedom of information laws to build our case for an investigation and check out news coverage. A big thank you to Tofurky for partnering with us in our efforts to combat the proposed factory farm.

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  • EPA Uses Volunteer-Collected Data, IDs Polluted Rivers

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report prompting 1,055 new listings of polluted rivers in Oregon after the state ignored reams of data showing polluted waterbodies. Learn how EPA used data collected by Riverkeeper volunteers and why EPA’s action matters.

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  • January Member Spotlight: Sandra Davis

    Riverkeeper recognizes long-time member, Sandra Davis of Longview, Washington: “In my involvement as a citizen activist, I have been inspired by the commitment, knowledge, and passion of volunteers and coalition members in this growing movement in and around the Pacific Northwest. Our motto is: ‘We can do better’ – we certainly deserve better, however ‘better’ is not free.”

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  • Pipeline Fighters

    What is it about pipelines that inspire such determination? Today, our nation faces a dozen major pipeline proposals and certainly more on the horizon. The effort at Standing Rock is far from over, but the Sioux, along with dozens of other tribal nations who joined them, literally stood their ground. Hear our executive director’s insight from fighting pipelines in Oregon and Washington.

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