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Lessons Learned Columbia Riverkeeper »

October 17th, 2017: "The outpouring of emotion during the fire demonstrates a deep love and concern for this special place. Sometimes it takes a threat to really appreciate how much something means to you." -Brett VandenHeuvel

Totem Pole Journey Comes to Vancouver 10/16 »

October 13th, 2017: Lummi Nation to bring totem pole to Vancouver Monday, October 16, 2017, to display Tribal resistance to the Tesoro oil terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver, the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export proposal in Longview, and the methanol refinery proposed by Northwest Innovation Works in Kalama.

Music, conversation and celebration: 10/4 Hood River »

September 29th, 2017: [ October 4, 2017; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] CELEBRATE: Let’s raise a toast afterwards to the downfall of coal export! On Sept. 26, the State of Washington rejected the Millennium coal export terminal, which would have sent eight full coal trains through the Gorge every day. Many local voices, including the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network, played a key role in stopping coal trains. Come celebrate with friends on 10/4 in Hood River!

State Denies Key Water Quality Permit for Longview Coal Project »

September 26th, 2017: The Washington Department of Ecology denied a necessary water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview today, citing the project’s negative impacts on climate, clean air and water. Absent a successful legal challenge to the decision, the denial renders the project formally dead.

James Beard Nominated Author, Langdon Cook, Comes to Hood River »

September 22nd, 2017: [ October 26, 2017; 6:30 pm; ] Langdon Cook, a Seattle-based author and forager, will speak about his latest book, “Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table,” on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at 6:30pm, at Double Mountain Brewery located at 8 4th St, Hood River, OR 97031.

Portland Oregon: Climate Leaders »

September 21st, 2017: Riverkeeper and Allies Stand With Portland in Court to Defend Historic Fossil Fuel Policy By Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper LUBA Parties In 2016, when the Portland City Council unanimously passed a strong land use ordinance barring major new fossil fuel infrastructure in the City – projects like crude oil train terminals, coal ports, and LNG export [...]

A skyscraper of coal on the Columbia? »

September 15th, 2017: That’s what we’re looking at–16 mile-long coal trains every day barreling through neighborhoods, threatening air quality and public safety, and coal piled eight-stories high on the banks of the Columbia River. You can stop this cancer-causing, climate disaster coal export proposal! Submit your comment on the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use permits today to block Millennium’s dirty, dangerous coal export scheme!

Radio Tierra Show Launch Party 9/19 at Lake Taco »

September 14th, 2017: We are launching a new show on Radio Tierra called "Conoce Tu Columbia // Know Your Columbia." Join us for the launch party on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Lake Taco in Hood River. The show is produced by Columbia Riverkeeper's Community Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández.

Activist Artist Holcombe Waller Launches Northwest Musical Tour »

September 8th, 2017: Notes from the Riverkeepers new music by artist Holcombe Waller makes its world premiere with a regional tour (Sept. 22-Oct. 4, 2017). The musical homily provides a history of crude-oil-by-rail transportation in the Columbia River Gorge; culminating with the nearly catastrophic Union Pacific oil train derailment, spill, and fire in Mosier, Oregon in June of 2016.

Public’s last chance to weigh in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee »

August 22nd, 2017: [ August 22, 2017; 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) will hold its final major public hearing on the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal on today (Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017), in Vancouver, WA. EFSEC will take public comments on the draft stormwater pollution permit for Tesoro, the largest proposed oil train terminal in North America. This is the public’s last chance to weigh in before EFSEC makes a final recommendation to Governor Inslee. The stormwater permit is one of several individual permits required for the proposed 360,000-barrel-per day oil train terminal.