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State Asks for More Information on Methanol »

April 20th, 2017: Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is taking a closer look at the Kalama Methanol Refinery proposal’s impacts on the Columbia River and Washington’s climate. A letter from Ecology to Cowlitz County on April 18, 2017, explained that the methanol refinery’s Shorelines permit contained outdate and incomplete information.

Mosier Anniversary: One Year After The Oil Train Fire »

April 19th, 2017: Save the Date: Please join us on June 3, 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of the frightening, nearly catastrophic oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon. We will gather in Mosier to make a statement against additional oil trains coming through the Columbia River Gorge.

Our Response to the Trump Administration »

April 18th, 2017: President Trump promises to ramp up dirty fossil fuel production, but federal apathy about pollution and climate change doesn’t mean we have to go backwards for the next four years. We can’t afford to. The Northwest offers a leading model for tackling weighty environmental issues without going to D.C.

Earth Day Events 2017 »

April 18th, 2017: Communities along the Columbia River are coming together to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, as well as Earth Week, and even Earth Month! Join in the fun, find events near you including cleanups, marches, parades, and more.

Earth Day Cleanup & Weed Pull at White Salmon Jewett Creek »

April 18th, 2017: As part of Earth Day celebrations, a trash clean-up, weed-pull and Boot Brush Kick-Off event is planned for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd at the City of White Salmon’s popular stream corridor and urban-wildland natural area, Jewett Creek. This event coincides with a Boot Brush Kick-Off at trailheads around the Gorge whose goal is to teach folks that recreate outside how to help prevent the spread of invasive weeds.

Sandvik in Finley agrees to $650,000 payment in Clean Water Act Case »

April 18th, 2017: Today, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Washington entered an agreement settling a Clean Water Act case between Columbia Riverkeeper and Sandvik Special Metals, LLC. In addition to updating the facility’s pollution control technology, Sandvik will pay $650,000 to three non-profit organizations in Washington: Futurewise, Friends of Toppenish Creek, and the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. The groups will use the funds for projects to protect and restore water quality in the Columbia and its tributaries in Eastern Washington.

Court Grants Increased ‘Spill’ to Aid Endangered Columbia/Snake River Salmon »

April 11th, 2017: Federal dam operators on the Columbia and Snake rivers must increase water releases over spillways at eight dams to improve survival rates for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean starting in 2018, a federal court ruled March 28, 2017.

Coalition of State and Regional Groups Oppose Methanol »

April 6th, 2017: Today, April 6, 2017, a coalition of environmental and public health groups called on Democratic leaders in the Washington House of Representatives to ensure that Washington transportation dollars cannot be used to build portions of the world’s largest methanol refinery and export terminal proposed in Kalama, Washington. The methanol facility is proposed by a company called Northwest Innovation Works LLC (NWIW), which is controlled by the Chinese government.

Last Train: Speak Up As Washington Nears Final Decision on Tesoro Oil Terminal! »

April 6th, 2017: [ April 13, 2017; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Join us April 13, 2017, at 6:30 PM, to discuss the Tesoro Savage oil train proposal with a particular focus on its toxic air pollution. We’ll help you develop ideas for your own testimony, and make plans to have strong community representation at the hearing and during the final decision-making process.

Footwise Hood River Keen Klean Sale: 3/25-31 »

March 23rd, 2017: Footwise Hood River will donate $10 from every pair of regular priced Keens to Columbia Riverkeeper from Saturday, March 25 - Friday, March 31, 2017.