Category: Blog

February Member Spotlight: Paul Seamons and Dee Vadnais of Deer Island, OR »

February 20th, 2018: Member Spotlight February—Dee Vadnais and Paul Seamons of Deer Island, OR: Columbia Riverkeeper has become a touchstone of sanity and hope for Paul Seamons and Dee Vadnais. “There is hope when Riverkeeper takes a stand on local issues, and a sense of meaningful purpose in being involved.” Get inspired by these passionate Riverkeeper supporters. Read more

Building Community Leaders »

February 20th, 2018: Learn the latest on Riverkeeper’s work to partner with the Latinx community on important environmental justice issues. Working with partners, we helped launch local Leadership Trainings in Spanish and a network of Latinx service providers. Read more.

Columbia Riverkeeper Urges Action, Caution at Problem-Plagued Hanford Site »

February 20th, 2018: Latest from Problem-Plagued Hanford Site: As Columbia Riverkeeper urges the U.S. Department of Energy to address highly radioactive capsules at the Hanford site, new challenges to worker safety and the environment are emerging. In response, Riverkeeper is joining with allies to raise awareness and call for changes at Hanford.

ACT: Stop the Fracked Gas Takeover »

January 31st, 2018: You stood up to dirty coal and dangerous oil-by-rail with phenomenal success. But the fossil fuel industry aims to derail your cleaner, safer energy future with new proposals for massive natural gas infrastructure—like the Kalama methanol refinery. Natural gas for the Kalama gas-to-methanol refinery would come from fracking, with side effects including contaminated groundwater and severe methane leaks that add to the project’s climate footprint.


January 29th, 2018: Washington Governor Jay Inslee today rejected the largest oil shipping terminal proposed in North America as not in the best interests of the state and its people. The Tesoro Savage project (also known as Vancouver Energy) sought to ship over 131 million barrels of oil per year down the Columbia River.

Take Action: Comment on Radioactive Capsules at Hanford »

January 24th, 2018: Are you concerned about nuclear waste at Hanford—the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere? Today you can weigh-in on an important cleanup decision that decides the fate of 1936 highly radioactive capsules stored at Hanford. Learn more and submit a comment today.

Clean Water Champions: Marissa Naranjo and Robbie Anderson »

January 24th, 2018: Not all communities have equal access to information, but Marissa Naranjo and Robbie Anderson are working hard to change that. As Columbia Riverkeeper’s Clean Water Champion Interns, Robbie and Marissa are developing culturally appropriate materials on pollution and solutions. Our program combines mentorship and career development with environmental advocacy and community organizing. Robbie and Marissa are conducting outreach to underserved populations, testing water quality, and testifying for better policies at agency hearings.

Hanford: Our River Runs Through It »

January 23rd, 2018: On January 10, over 150 people joined Riverkeeper at a Sense of Place event in Hood River focusing on Hanford, North America’s most contaminated place. Learn more about Hanford’s challenges and an important opportunity to weigh in on Hanford cleanup.

Oregon Hanford Expert Retires »

January 2nd, 2018: For decades, Oregon relied on Dirk Dunning to tackle the most complicated problems at North America’s most contaminated place, the Hanford Nuclear Site. Dirk spent his career protecting the Columbia River from contamination left behind by America’s nuclear weapons program as a chemical engineer with the Oregon Department of Energy. I asked Dirk about the highlights, lowlights, and lingering problems with Hanford cleanup. The following is an excerpt of our conversation.

EFSEC Issues Final Reports Unanimously Rejecting Oil Terminal »

December 20th, 2017: EFSEC issued its formal written report and recommendation to Governor Inslee on the Tesoro-Savage oil shipping terminal application. In their recommendation, the Council unanimously recommended denial of the oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington for multiple reasons. If built, Tesoro-Savage would bring in 360,000 barrels of crude oil in five fully loaded oil trains every day.