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Hot Water Crisis on the Columbia »

July 28th, 2015: Catastrophic. Unprecedented. These are just some of the words scientists are using to describe the crisis unfolding on the Columbia. Salmon need cool water to survive. And this year’s low snowpack coupled with hot water temperatures are straining already imperiled salmon runs.

Riverkeeper Court Update: Port of Vancouver »

July 24th, 2015: 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.

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

July 23rd, 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.

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

July 17th, 2015: 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.

Legislators Pass Coal Subsidy »

July 17th, 2015: 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.

Clean Water Groups Call on Gov. Inslee to Protect People who Eat Fish »

July 13th, 2015: Earlier this year Governor Inslee pledged to approve the Washington Department of Ecology’s draft water quality rule only if the legislature passed a statewide toxics reduction program with the power to control pollution at the source. With the closure of the legislative session, that plan failed. Now Governor Inslee must decide whether to direct Ecology to revise the draft rule, which sets water quality standards used to regulate toxic pollution in waterways, based on human health risks from the fish people eat.

Riverkeeper’s Legal Challenges to the Port of Vancouver’s Crude Oil Terminal »

July 8th, 2015: We're challenging the Port of Vancouver lease for a massive oil-by-rail terminal on the banks of the Columbia River on two fronts. Next steps: We get to argue our case regarding the Open Public Meetings Act violation in the Clark County Superior Court on July 24, 2015.

Protecting the Communities and Environment of the Columbia River Gorge »

July 2nd, 2015: Please join Earthjustice at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River on July 23, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm to discuss their current efforts to curb transportation of crude oil and coal-by-rail. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Rail Bridge Inspections: Volunteers Needed! »

July 1st, 2015: Riverkeeper needs your help to inspect Columbia River rail bridges that carry crude oil trains.  We need volunteers to look for deteriorating infrastructure and dangerous bridges.  Neglected bridges pose a threat to communities and the river (listen to NPR story here).  The easiest way to take a look without trespassing (which we definitely don’t want to [...]

Breaking Clean Tour Comes to Hood River 7/13 »

July 1st, 2015: What’s it like to live in a coal town? What does it feel like to breathe coal dust every day at work? Here in the Gorge, we don’t know firsthand the answers to those questions. But, Nick Mullins, fourth generation coal miner, does – and he’s coming to Hood River on Monday, July 13, 2015, to tell you all about it.