Category: Blog

Stopping Coal in the Pacific NW »

October 4th, 2016: Let’s get this over the finish line. Coal export in the Northwest was a bad idea from day one. Now we’re years into the fight and the smell of victory—not of dirty coal trains—is in the air. You know the drill: please submit your comment today and RSVP to attend the public hearing in Longview, Washington on October 24.

Voices from Standing Rock: Talk with Carina Miller »

September 29th, 2016: Community talk with Carina Miller, a member of the Tribal Council for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, on October 4, 2016, at 7 pm at Riverside Community Church in Hood River. Miller will share experiences from her recent trip to the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

September Member Spotlight: Our Members »

September 29th, 2016: Columbia Riverkeeper's Citizen Outreach Team would like to thank all the amazing people who supported us from their doorsteps over the last year. We've knocked on over 40,000 doors to raise funds and get people involved in protecting the Columbia River. With your support, we can continue to make sure our river is clean and healthy for generations. Not a member yet and want to support clean water? Join today!

Tribal Fishing Traditions »

September 29th, 2016: This year we launched the Love Your Columbia Event Series to tell the river’s story and bring cutting edge water science to river communities. Watch salmon migrate while listening to a renowned tribal leader share her perspective on salmon recovery.

Portland Fossil Fuel Ban: What You Need to Know »

September 29th, 2016: This September, hundreds of people weighed in to support new land use rules to prohibit fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland. In October and November, we need your help to ensure that the City lives up to its clean energy promise!

EVENT: Join Us At Patagonia To Learn More About Oil-By-Rail! »

September 29th, 2016: On October 27, 2016, at 7:30 pm, Riverkeeper will join with our Stand Up to Oil coalition partners at Patagonia’s Portland store to present an update and panel discussion on the risks posed by dangerous oil trains in Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

What kind of infrastructure should we be building today? »

September 28th, 2016: We currently have adequate pipeline capacity to meet our current oil and gas needs, so we don't need to debate whether trains or pipelines are best. The Dakota Access and Tesoro projects are about bringing more fossil fuels. And we just don't need more. We are rapidly growing in efficiency, renewable energy, and cleaner transportation options (e.g. electric vehicles charged by renewables).

Factory Farms Threaten Water, Air »

September 26th, 2016: Factory farms across the country are contaminating rivers and underground drinking water sources with bacteria, nitrates, phosphorus, and pharmaceuticals. Unlike human waste, which must go to a wastewater treatment plant, factory farms can store waste outdoors and apply waste to farmland, where it can leach into groundwater or flush into nearby rivers and streams.

Factory Farm Industry Eyes Oregon »

September 26th, 2016: Oregon is already home to one of the nation’s largest dairy factory farms—the 70,000 head Three Mile Canyon Farms in Morrow County. Now California-based dairy operators want to convert nearly 6,000 acres of former tree farm near Three Mile Canyon and operate the state’s second largest dairy, Lost Valley Ranch. According to government filings, Lost Valley Ranch estimates it would generate 187 million gallons of manure annually.

Methanol Refinery Drives Regional Pipeline Construction »

September 26th, 2016: The methanol refinery in Kalama, WA, would consume one third of the gas that Washington currently uses. New information shows that the refinery’s gas demand would actually trigger construction of a major new gas pipeline into the Northwest. Read more.