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Sustainable Agriculture 2014 »

July 22nd, 2014: In June, Columbia Riverkeeper partnered with Cascade Mountain School to educate students on water quality along the White Salmon River and how that could influence the quality in the Columbia River. Emphasis was placed on agricultural impacts on water quality due to the study focus of the program and the importance of farming locally. Students conducted baseline water sampling tests and researched about best practices with the goal of presenting an irrigation proposal to local farmers at the end of the program.



Eat Fish, Hold the Pollution »

July 22nd, 2014: Eat Fish, Hold the Pollution. Why Washington should protect human health with new limits on toxic pollution By Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director, Columbia Riverkeeper Now that my one-year-old has a few teeth, he can eat salmon like you wouldn’t believe.  He loves it.  Our family eats Columbia River salmon about once a week, especially in the summertime.  I [...]



July Member Spotlight: Paloma Ayala »

July 22nd, 2014: Paloma Ayala. Hood River, OR – Paloma Ayala is a photographer and graphic artist with a background in conflict analysis and resolution. Since she made the Gorge her home a few of years ago with her family, she has tried to connect her passion for the outdoors, photography and her commitment to justice and sustainability.



Dockworkers Protest Crude-By-Rail Terminal and Unfair Labor Practices »

July 21st, 2014: In remembrance of the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train tragedy that killed 47 people, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) raised a banner from cranes today calling out unfair labor practices and protesting unsafe oil at the Port of Vancouver in Washington.



Public Comment: Will ConnectOregon funds Subsidize Coal and Oil »

July 21st, 2014: [ July 21, 2014 1:00 pm to August 10, 2014 1:00 pm. ] The Oregon Department of Transportation is slated to subsidize oil and coal transportation infrastructure and it’s up to Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to block this gross misuse of public funds. Subsidizing coal export and crude oil shipping is not an appropriate use of ConnectOregon funds. The Oregon Transportation Commission should not approve applications to re-build the dock at Port Westward and alter the rail infrastructure along A-Street in Rainier because ConnectOregon funds should not subsidize coal and crude oil shipping.



June Member Spotlight: Dave Berger »

June 24th, 2014: Dave Berger. Klickitat County, WA – Dave learned what the Lorax meant when it proclaimed “I speak for the trees” from his granddaughter Milena. Dave has dedicated his life to speaking for the trees and the Columbia River. He is entering his seventh year as a volunteer in the Water Quality Monitoring program, monitoring sites on both the Columbia and the Klickitat Rivers.



Why I’m an Adopt-A-River Volunteer »

May 20th, 2014: My site sits along the Hood River. The rolling hills of orchard country reflect in the trundling water that sources from up high. Mount Hood looms distantly to the south and I catch a glimpse of it as I round the bend. I pick up a bottle that washed downstream and put it in my bag. This is the site I’ve adopted.



In Court Over LNG »

May 13th, 2014: Riverkeeper’s attorneys argued two cases regarding the proposed LNG terminal in Warrenton, Oregon. LNG export is simply a harmful and dangerous idea and we’re standing up for a better future. It is exciting to get our day in court. It is a real honor to represent our members and people who love the Columbia River.



Another Oil Train Explosion »

April 30th, 2014: Another oil train exploded today, this time in Lynchburg, Virginia. How many times does this need to happen before we stand up for public safety and our environment? How many lives need to be threatened and how many rivers polluted with oil? Crude oil trains are not safe.



Rapid Response Rally Against Exploding Oil Trains »

April 25th, 2014: Join us in Portland, on April 29, for a rally outside an important meeting about exploding crude oil.