Category: Blog

Grand Coulee Dam Settlement »

January 19th, 2017: Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

Save the Date: FisherPoets Gathering 2017 »

January 18th, 2017: Join us for FisherPoets Feb. 24-26, 2017 for an Astoria tradition, bringing men and women tied to the fishing industry together to share poems, stories, songs, memoirs, essays and art in celebration of the work and its people.

Riverkeeper & Partners Call for Investigation into Proposed Factory Farm »

January 18th, 2017: Riverkeeper and partners are calling for an investigation into whether the second largest factory farm in Oregon history violated state water pollution and business laws. Learn how we used flyovers and freedom of information laws to build our case for an investigation and check out news coverage. A big thank you to Tofurky for partnering with us in our efforts to combat the proposed factory farm.

EPA Uses Volunteer-Collected Data, IDs Polluted Rivers »

January 18th, 2017: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report prompting 1,055 new listings of polluted rivers in Oregon after the state ignored reams of data showing polluted waterbodies. Learn how EPA used data collected by Riverkeeper volunteers and why EPA’s action matters.

January Member Spotlight: Sandra Davis »

January 18th, 2017: Riverkeeper recognizes long-time member, Sandra Davis of Longview, Washington: "In my involvement as a citizen activist, I have been inspired by the commitment, knowledge, and passion of volunteers and coalition members in this growing movement in and around the Pacific Northwest. Our motto is: 'We can do better' - we certainly deserve better, however 'better' is not free."

Pipeline Fighters »

December 20th, 2016: What is it about pipelines that inspire such determination? Today, our nation faces a dozen major pipeline proposals and certainly more on the horizon. The effort at Standing Rock is far from over, but the Sioux, along with dozens of other tribal nations who joined them, literally stood their ground. Hear our executive director's insight from fighting pipelines in Oregon and Washington.

Is the Palomar Pipeline Back? »

December 20th, 2016: [ January 31, 2017; 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Join Columbia Riverkeeper and Bark for a presentation 1/31 at 6:30 pm to learn how the Trail West Pipeline threatens Mt. Hood and why the world’s largest methanol refineries would undermine our region’s commitments to fight climate change.

Staff Highlights: 2016 »

December 19th, 2016: This year has been a big year for Columbia Riverkeeper — tours of salmon spawning, stopping illegal pollution, fighting fossil fuel giants on the Columbia River, and much more. We asked staff to share some of their favorite moments of 2016 and here’s what they had to say.

Community Organizing & Legal Work »

December 19th, 2016: I keep two news clippings on the wall above my desk. One is a Wall Street Journal article describing Riverkeeper’s “groundbreaking” legal action to stop pollution from dams. The other is the front page of Vernonia’s Voice, which features a Riverkeeper presentation at a town meeting right next to “Lady Loggers Take 4th at State Tournament.” I love that a Venn diagram of Wall Street Journal and Vernonia’s Voice would contain Columbia Riverkeeper.

Community Groups Agree: Oregon Needs Clean Energy, Not Fossil Fuels »

December 16th, 2016: "Oregon is working diligently to reduce its reliance on highly polluting fuels like fracked natural gas. This proposal takes Oregon in the wrong direction, undercutting the region's effort to establish the cleanest energy system we can. While the federal government seems unlikely to take action on carbon pollution, Oregon needs to do better than committing to decades of fossil fuel power that harms our climate and stresses our natural systems." -Dan Serres, Conservation Director of Columbia Riverkeeper