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Groups Challenge EPA to Act on Heat-Driven Salmon Kills »

August 15th, 2016: “We need a comprehensive plan to deal with dams’ impacts on water temperature, or we may be telling our kids stories about salmon instead of teaching them to fish” -Miles Johnson, attorney for Columbia Riverkeeper

Judge: No Constitutional Problem in Oregon’s Denial of Columbia River Coal Export Terminal »

August 12th, 2016: “The State of Oregon got it right when it denied Ambre Energy’s coal export project. We applaud state leaders for upholding laws that protect what we as Oregonians hold dear—clean water and fishable rivers.” stated Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director for Columbia Riverkeeper.

Love Your Columbia Event Series Presents: »

August 6th, 2016: [ August 24, 2016; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] "Hot Water, Fish Kills, & the Future of Salmon" informative talk 8/24/2016 at Slopeswell Cider in Hood River as a part of the organization’s “Love Your Columbia Event Series.” At this event, grab a pint of Slopeswell’s finest cider and enjoy complimentary appetizers. Come early for a raffle with door prizes. Event is free and open to the public.

Groups File Comments Seeking Rejection of Oregon Mega-Livestock Operation »

August 5th, 2016: This week, a wide range of environmental, family farm, public health and animal welfare organizations jointly submitted comments urging the State of Oregon to reject a proposed 30,000-head confinement dairy operation near the Columbia River. The facility would be one of the nation’s largest dairy confined animal feeding operations and poses a major threat to ground and surface water, air quality and public health in the region.

Two Months Since Mosier »

August 3rd, 2016: Today, Aug. 3, 2016, marks the two-month anniversary since the oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon. The oil industry has shown that it is not able to transport their product safely by rail. New proposals such as Tesoro Savage in Vancouver, Washington, would increase the number of trains.

“When an oil spill happens…that creates jobs” »

August 3rd, 2016: The oil giant Tesoro is out of touch with the values of our region: clean water, healthy communities, and a sustainable economy.

July Member Spotlight: The Town of Kalama, Washington »

July 27th, 2016: This month, our member spotlight shines on the town of Kalama, Washington. Columbia Riverkeeeper works closely with dozens of community members in Kalama who are concerned about the proposed methanol refinery on the Columbia River. If built, Kalama’s small town charm could lose out to the world’s largest methanol refinery.

Tesoro’s Closing Argument: “Oil Spills Create Jobs” »

July 27th, 2016: In July, Tesoro put forth new, absurd arguments to promote its massive oil-by-rail proposal in Vancouver Washington. Arguing against Tesoro’s absurd logic that “oil spills create jobs,” Riverkeeper made national news for exposing Tesoro’s strange claims during Washington’s review process.

Clean Up Portland Harbor »

July 26th, 2016: The EPA’s Draft Cleanup Plan for Portland Harbor—the Willamette River’s most contaminated area and just upstream of the Columbia – is unacceptable. Under the plan, the vast majority of pollutants will remain in the river, and some species of the river's fish will remain too toxic to eat forever. Tell the EPA to fix the draft cleanup plan and protect the Willamette and Columbia rivers from Portland Harbor pollution.


July 26th, 2016: Concerned residents will gather at noon to remind Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) and state decision makers of the broad community opposition to this project. During the rally, participants will voice concerns about the impacts that the enormous oil terminal would bring.