Category: Blog

July Member Spotlight: Kate Sundberg, Summer Intern »

July 20th, 2017: We’re lucky to have Kate Sundberg serving as a summer intern in our Hood River office. Kate is busy coordinating events and cleanups for Love Your Columbia Day 2017. She is also helping with phone banking, Nichols Natural Area restoration, and member stewardship. Originally from Sarasota, FL, Kate attends Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she is studying Chemistry and Environmental Studies. Kate's easy-going, can-do attitude is a great addition to our team. Thanks for all your work, Kate!

Get Wet! »

July 19th, 2017: Spending time in Portland this summer? You don’t need to travel far for a refreshing dip in the Columbia River. You’ll find sandy beaches, sun-drenched shorelines, and shady riverside hideouts. Here are some of our favorite swimming holes and tips for staying safe in the mighty Columbia. Grab your beach towel and we’ll see you in the river!

Protect Columbia County Farms »

July 18th, 2017: Team up with farmers to protect over 800 acres of farmland along the Columbia River from dangerous industrial development like methanol export and oil-by-rail terminals. Submit a public comment & RSVP to attend 8/2 hearing.

Social Justice Documentary, Promised Land, Screens in Portland »

July 3rd, 2017: Social justice documentary, Promised Land, screening Monday, July 24, 2017; 6:30-8:30 pm; Riversgate Church, in Portland, OR. Film follows two Native American nations in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. Suggested Donation $5 (proceeds benefit the Chinook Nation).


June 28th, 2017: Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means passes House Bill 2131 related to oil train emergency response and financial responsibility for oil train derailments, spills and fires. The bill will be scheduled for a floor vote in the House and Senate.

Who is protecting the public from oil-by-rail disasters? »

June 21st, 2017: PGE’s plan to sell old oil storage tanks and other equipment to Global Partners LP—an oil company with a history of environmental violations—is not in the public interest.

Ice cream + fighting fossil fuels = winning combo »

June 21st, 2017: Fossil fuel export update and donate-what-you-can fundraiser for the Portland All Nations Canoe Family to support their participation in the 2017 Canoe Journey on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ice cream social fundraiser with members of the Portland All Nations Canoe Family; 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. fossil fuel export update (please arrive by 3:00 p.m. to participate in the Canoe Family’s water blessing ceremony).

Protect Columbia County Farms »

June 20th, 2017: Riverkeeper is working with farmers and Columbia County, OR, residents to fight a controversial effort to open over 800 acres of high-quality farmland along the Columbia River for industrial development, including methanol and oil-by-rail terminals. We stopped the proposal before. Now we need your help to put this bad idea to bed forever.

Under Attack: Hanford Reach National Monument »

June 19th, 2017: Did you know the Hanford Reach National Monument is under threat from a sweeping and unprecedented Executive Order issued by President Trump? The Order calls for the Secretary of the Interior to review national monuments designated since 1996. Time is running out—tell Interior to protect the one-of-a-kind Hanford Reach Monument. Learn more

City of Portland, Coalition Defend Portland’s Fossil Fuel Stand »

June 15th, 2017: The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) heard oral arguments today about a challenge to Portland’s landmark fossil fuel ordinance. In 2016, the City of Portland passed the land use ordinance restricting development of new major fossil fuel projects, such as oil-by-rail terminals or coal export terminals. The ordinance drew a challenge from the oil industry and the Portland Business Alliance, who have asked LUBA to overturn the policy. A coalition of groups including Columbia Riverkeeper, Portland Audubon Society, the Center for Sustainable Economy, and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility intervened to support the City’s case in defending the ordinance.