About Us

Columbia Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Representing over 12,000 members and supporters, Columbia Riverkeeper works to restore a Columbia River where people can safely eat the fish they catch, and where children can swim without fear of toxic exposure. The organization is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, uniting more than 350 Waterkeeper organizations worldwide.

The Longview Daily News stated:

“Riverkeeper has become a powerful force — the kind of advocate the Columbia needs at a time when government regulators are underfunded and understaffed, according to the group’s supporters. . . 

Riverkeeper, opponents admit, is strikingly well-organized, adept at maneuvering through the nation’s legal and regulatory structure and surprisingly successful at gaining the trust of public officials.”

This is our story. Important issues. Real results.

  • Riverkeeper unites and trains citizen volunteers across hundreds of miles to watchdog stretches of the Columbia and collect water quality data.
  • Riverkeeper organized the most powerful citizen coalition in a decade – farmers, foresters, fishermen, climate activists – to protect our property and estuary from the destructive Liquefied Natural Gas terminal at Bradwood. We won.
  • Riverkeeper worked with partners at the Umatilla, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Warm Springs tribes to pressure Oregon to adopt the nation’s strongest limits on toxic pollution under the Clean Water Act. Washington is next.
  • Riverkeeper challenged the giant coal companies to prevent one of the world’s largest coal export terminals from fouling the Columbia.  This fight is far from over, but we prevailed in the first round.
  • Riverkeeper reduced toxic pollution in our river by stopping illegal discharges, pushing for better water quality laws, and enforcing existing rules.

Columbia Riverkeeper promotes a diverse coalition of people working to restore a Columbia River where people can safely catch fish and children can play in the water without fear of sickness. To achieve this, we integrate community organizing, enforcement of environmental laws, and hands-on citizen action.

Our Vision for the Columbia

Riverkeeper volunteersRiverkeeper’s vision is to restore a Columbia Basin with clean, clear waters flowing cold from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. Our vision is for a Columbia with healthy salmon runs that can support traditional harvest by Native Americans and non-native fishermen. In our vision, a broad range of diverse interests will bring back a Columbia River that parents can let their children play in without fear of toxic exposure. The Columbia River we work to bring back is bordered by vibrant bands of riparian habitat and home to a rich diversity of native fish and wildlife. In short, our vision is for a Columbia River Basin that the people of the United States and Canada can be proud of.

Riverkeeper uses a range of activities to protect and restore the Columbia, including public education, grassroots organizing, enforcement of environmental laws and on-the-river monitoring. Clean water. We’ll fight for it.