Category: Blog

State & City Reports Show How an Oil Spill Would Impact the Columbia River: »

May 27th, 2016: City estimates $5-$6 billion in potential damages from a major derailment, with no insurance available to cover it. State admits underestimating costs: 8 million gallon spill into the Lower Columbia River could cause $232 million to $1.16 billion in damages. State estimates losses in fishing industry: $17.8 million recreational fishing; $14.4 million expenditures by recreational anglers; and $4.7 million commercial landings.



Memorial Day Weekend: Swim Guide Updates »

May 27th, 2016: Swimming season is off to a great start! Before you jump in, make sure it’s safe to swim. Check the most current water quality status on the Swim Guide, and we’ll see you on the water. Get the swim guide app today. The Swim Guide uses E.coli data collected by our volunteers to flag Columbia River beaches that are safe or unsafe for swimming.



Millennium Coal Hearing in Longview, WA Draws 1k+ Attendees »

May 25th, 2016: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, kicked off the first of three public hearings regarding the proposed coal export terminal at Longview, WA with over 1,000 residents from Washington, Oregon and Montana attending the hearing. An overwhelming majority of the attendees demonstrated their opposition by wearing red, creating a “sea of red” in the hearing room.



Cemetery Challenges FERC Pipeline Approval »

May 25th, 2016: The Cowlitz County Cemetery District #6 filed a challenge to a proposed methanol pipeline cutting through a pioneer cemetery known as The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Cemetery District asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw its previous approval because FERC failed to consider the impact on the pioneer cemetery, the surrounding environment, and the 3,628 cemetery districts tax payers.



Documentary and Discussion with Josh Fox »

May 16th, 2016: Josh Fox, an Oscar nominated filmmaker, selected Kalama for the Washington premiere of his latest documentary. Why Kalama? Because the natural gas fracking industry is targeting Kalama with hope to build the nation’s largest natural gas-to-methanol plant.



Grassroots Power »

May 10th, 2016: Who are the people that stopped a $6 billion liquefied natural gas terminal and over 200 miles of gas pipeline? How did we have the patience to fight LNG projects for eleven-and-a-half years?



Coal terminal denied »

May 9th, 2016: This is a win for the Lummi Nation and its Northwest community allies over the coal companies. Communities will continue to fight every dirty coal and oil project proposed for the Northwest, like the coal export facility at Longview. These dirty, dangerous projects will not move forward.



Getting Dirty for a Good Cause »

April 26th, 2016: Volunteers joined Riverkeeper for a cleanup in Longview, WA and collected over 1,000 pounds of garbage from the banks of the Columbia at Willow Grove Park. Thank you to all the community members that are helping keep our river clean!



April Member Spotlight: »

April 26th, 2016: Ken Adee is a prime example of how a citizen scientist—in this case, a master mapmaker—can change our perspective about the big issues impacting the Columbia River. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Ken’s maps are worth a million in the fight against LNG.



Coal export: Ready, set, gone »

April 20th, 2016: We must stop Millennium from polluting the Columbia River with what could be the nation’s largest coal export terminal. The DEIS is an important tool for showing decision-makers that far and wide, people want a clean and healthy future – not coal. Submit your public comment today and attend the hearings Longview 5/24, Spokane 5/26, and Pasco 6/2.