Category: Top Stories

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.

Vancouver Oil Terminal Hearings End with Overwhelming Testimony in Opposition and Attorney General Call for Denial »

July 29th, 2016: After weeks of testimony and argument about the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal proposal, at least two things are clear: first, this project will not benefit Washington citizens and consumers, and second, the risk of an oil spill into the Columbia River is too great.


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.

Revive Portland’s Fossil Fuel Ban »

July 24th, 2016: Take a moment to tell the City of Portland to revive Portland’s Fossil Fuel Policy today. Every voice counts! In November 2015, the Portland City Council passed a historic Fossil Fuel Policy. Today, City staff are working to translate it into law. Unfortunately, the initial draft falls far short of the 2015 Fossil Fuel Resolution, allowing new fossil fuel terminals where the resolution called for a ban.

Vancouver City Council Votes Unanimously to Prohibit Future Oil Projects »

July 18th, 2016: Tonight, the Vancouver City Council voted 7 to 0 to prohibit crude oil storage, handling, and refining facilities in Vancouver’s industrial zones. The vote is a historic step to prevent new proposals like the current Tesoro Savage and NuStar oil terminal proposals, which together would bring almost 140 million barrels of crude oil per year through Northwest communities. A crowd of over 150 turned out to support this step by the City – overflowing the council chambers.


June 29th, 2016: Today Columbia Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee, 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.