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Court Delivers Major Blow for Oregon LNG Project on Columbia River »

July 31st, 2015: A federal judge handed Oregon LNG a significant setback today. Oregon LNG proposes building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the East Skipanon Peninsula near Warrenton, Oregon, to export North American natural gas overseas. According to today’s ruling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a valid legal right to use this property to deposit dredge spoils at the proposed terminal site. Unless the Army Corps is willing to forfeit the easement, Oregon LNG cannot build the proposed terminal.

Federal Agencies Break the Law: Dams Create Lethally Hot Water and Fish Kills »

July 31st, 2015: Federal dam operators are breaking the law by allowing the Columbia River to reach lethally hot temperatures for salmon. Scientists report that 400,000 sockeye, 80 percent of the run, are dead or dying. Fishermen and conservation groups are calling on the Obama Administration to take action to stop the extreme river heat.

Dams = Hot Water Crisis on the Columbia »

July 28th, 2015: Catastrophic. Devastating. These are just some of the words scientists are using to describe the crisis unfolding on the Columbia. Dams are the main culprit causing the salmon crisis. Salmon need cool water to survive. Dams heat up the river by decreasing river flow and creating huge, stagnant reservoirs that soak up the sun. Compounding the dam problem, this year’s low snowpack coupled with hot water temperatures are straining already imperiled salmon runs. News reports from across the region paint a sobering picture: salmon runs struggle to cope with the harsh realities of dams, poor water management, and climate change.

Riverkeeper Court Update: Port of Vancouver »

July 24th, 2015: Riverkeeper and allies were in court today to argue that the Port of Vancouver's back room deals with Tesoro for an oil terminal lease violated state law. After today's court hearing, the case is moving to a fact-finding trial. Riverkeeper looks forward to presenting our case that the Port should make decisions in a transparent manner and involve the public. The proposed Tesoro oil terminal is a serious threat to the Columbia River and our communities. For more information on online by rail, visit our website.

Protect the Northwest from Crude Oil-By-Rail: Tell the Army Corps and EFSEC to Deny Permits for Tesoro Savage »

July 17th, 2015: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) and Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) are taking public comment on potential permits and associated environmental review for Tesoro Savage’s oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, Washington. Tesoro Savage cannot build its terminal without permits from the Army Corps and EFSEC. Comment Deadline: August 1, 2015.

Legislators Pass Coal Subsidy »

July 17th, 2015: Washington legislators passed a transportation package that includes $84.5 million to build a controversial rail overpass that will benefit a proposed coal export terminal in Cowlitz County. Take action today to protect the Columbia River from coal export.

Clean Water Groups Call on Gov. Inslee to Protect People who Eat Fish »

July 13th, 2015: Earlier this year Governor Inslee pledged to approve the Washington Department of Ecology’s draft water quality rule only if the legislature passed a statewide toxics reduction program with the power to control pollution at the source. With the closure of the legislative session, that plan failed. Now Governor Inslee must decide whether to direct Ecology to revise the draft rule, which sets water quality standards used to regulate toxic pollution in waterways, based on human health risks from the fish people eat.

Issue 2 Newsletter: Read it now! »

July 8th, 2015: Check out Columbia Riverkeeper's 2015, Issue 2 newsletter online. This issue: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Visits; Listen to Your Kids; Summer Guide to Swimming & Salmon and more.

Communities and Small Businesses are Uniting Against Big Oil »

June 25th, 2015: Today at Hoesly Eco Auto & Tire a group called Vancouver 101 with small business leaders call on Governor Jay Inslee to reject the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal in Vancouver.

Enjoy the Hood River Waterfront? Speak Up for Clean Water »

June 24th, 2015: Do you kiteboard along the Hood River waterfront? Enjoy wading with your kids at the Waterfront Park beach? Join Riverkeeper at a public hearing on July 7, 2015, and send a strong message to state regulators: Hood River cares about clean water.