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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.

Confluence Collaborates with the Wapato Valley School, Courses for Adults »

July 1st, 2015: Our friends over at Confluence are working in collaboration with the Wapato Valley School and many other organizations to launch a project that aims to transform identities and relationships through place-based, experiential education. For those unfamiliar with Confluence, their organization works to connect people to place and each other through art and education.

A Tribute to the Columbia River »

June 30th, 2015: [ July 18, 2015 7:00 pm to July 19, 2015 9:00 am. ] Clatsop Community College will host A Tribute to the Columbia River on Friday, July 18 from 7-9 pm and Saturday morning July 19 from 9-11am in Columbia Hall, Room 219 on the CCC main campus in Astoria.

Top Picks: Columbia River Beaches »

June 23rd, 2015: Warm weather and sunshine have us thinking about cooling off in the river! We have compiled our top picks for lower-river beaches in six different categories. Check out our favorite beaches and use the Swim Guide app to get up-to-the-minute water quality updates.

Fighting Fossil Fuel on the Columbia River »

June 23rd, 2015: The Columbia River is threatened with unprecedented fossil fuel export terminals. Coal, oil, and propane companies would send dirty products by trains, and then transfer to ocean-going supertankers. A Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal would receive fracked gas via a large new pipeline. We have the choice to move to clean and renewable energy now: building large, new fossil fuel infrastructure today locks in dirty energy production and consumption for decades.

June Member Spotlight: Michael and Steve Calhoun »

June 23rd, 2015: Together with dozens of their friends, neighbors, and local leaders, Michael and Steve Calhoun, take on LNG in Vernonia, Oregon. The father and son duo spearheaded the creation of a new local group–Vernonia Against LNG–and led an effort to persuade the Vernonia City Council to pass a resolution opposing LNG.

Stop Medicating Our River! »

June 23rd, 2015: Keep unwanted medicine out of the river. Proper disposal is the cheapest and easiest way to reduce pharmaceutical contamination in our rivers. Find a MedReturn drop box near you, and you can anonymously and safely dispose unwanted medicines.

Protect our river from nuclear waste: take action today »

June 23rd, 2015: Take action today to stop clean up Hanford's nuclear waste.

Big oil met its match: You. »

June 17th, 2015: In this real-life David versus Goliath story, we scored an important victory against the oil company proposing the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the nation. The fight is not over yet, but this win shows that people have the power to stand up to big oil!