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September Member Spotlight: Ruth Blackburn »

September 30th, 2015: A member since 1994, Ruth first joined Columbia River United, a founding organization of Columbia Riverkeeper. She joined others to advocate for cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site, protest the shipment of nuclear waste up the river, and reduce toxic pollution.

Patrolling the Columbia »

September 30th, 2015: We conduct regular patrols in the Riverkeeper boat to sample water quality, discover and document illegal pollution, and conduct outreach. Here are photos from the industrial waterfront in Vancouver and Portland, plus the lovely West Hayden Island.

Riverkeeper Member Walks from Portland to Hanford to Raise Awareness about Nuclear Weapons Legacy – Hear Her Story on October 11, in White Salmon, WA »

September 30th, 2015: This October Concordia University Professor Ceiridwen Terrill will walk 225 miles from Portland to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in an effort to raise awareness about the history and cleanup of our nation’s most contaminated site. Come meet Ceiridwen on Sunday, October 11 in White Salmon, WA and hear her fascinating connection to Hanford and why she advocates for more public involvement in Hanford cleanup decisions.


September 30th, 2015: Senators Wyden and Merkley and Congresswoman Bonamici sent a strongly worded letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) questioning the “Oregon LNG” Liquefied Natural Gas export terminal application. FERC published the letter this morning.

LNG: “Governor Brown, Turn it Down!” »

September 29th, 2015: In September, Riverkeeper and our allies packed hearings to oppose the Oregon LNG project. While testifying to local and federal officials, we sent a clear message to Governor Brown that she should reject LNG export proposals in Oregon.

Stand up for Oregon – Say “No to LNG!” »

September 25th, 2015: Sign our petition calling on Governor Brown to reject LNG in Oregon. The Oregon LNG and Jordan Cove proposals would harm Oregon families with eminent domain, degrade salmon habitat, and increase energy costs. Take action today!

Clean Water Champion Awards Announced »

September 17th, 2015: This fall Columbia Riverkeeper is celebrating our 15th anniversary as a nonprofit organization with a celebration and awards ceremony in Portland. Today we’re announcing the recipients of our “Clean Water Champion Awards.

Canadian LPG Export Terminal Added to Oil Refinery in Longview »

September 3rd, 2015: Waterside Energy unveiled its newest fossil fuel export plan at a September 2, 2015, Port of Longview public meeting. Backers of the proposed oil refinery seek to add a Canadian Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) export terminal to their original oil refinery proposal.

Overflow Crowd Packs Warrenton Hearing to Oppose Oregon LNG »

September 3rd, 2015: Last night over 200 people, the vast majority opposed to the Oregon LNG project, packed the City of Warrenton’s public hearing about the proposed Oregon LNG terminal and pipeline. Before the hearing, local activists rallied outside with signs, banners, and a mock-up of the proposed pipeline. And an overflow crowd presented hours of testimony urging a Hearings Officer to deny the Oregon LNG terminal and pipeline because it conflicts with the City’s local land use laws. Because so many people wanted to testify, the Hearings Officer scheduled a second hearing on Thursday evening.

There’s More: Oil Refinery Backers Seek to Add Crude-by-Rail & LPG Terminal »

August 29th, 2015: The Columbia River is now the most threatened river in the nation from crude oil trains and tankers. The newly disclosed terminal, called Washington Energy Storage & Transfer (WEST), would receive 164,000 barrels per day from Alberta tar sands or the Bakken formation in North Dakota, and load the crude on to ocean-going tankers to sail over the notoriously dangerous Columbia River bar.