Category: Top Stories

“Computer modeling shows that Lower Snake River dams caused dangerously hot water for salmon in 2015″ »

August 14th, 2017: As some federal legislators move to stifle salmon recovery and science, we're releasing new research on how the Snake River dams affect water temperature and salmon migration. In 2015, hot water killed 250,000 sockeye salmon in the Columbia River basin.

Astoria Passes Oil Resolution »

August 8th, 2017: City of Astoria Opposes Oil-by-Rail along the Columbia River: We salute the amazing community activists from the Columbia River Estuary Action Team (CREATe) who drafted the initial resolution and spearheaded this effort.

Decision final. Win! »

August 8th, 2017: “Today’s announcement from the PUC is a clear signal that the tide is turning against power generated from fracked gas. Oregonians are ready to pursue clean energy, and the PUC wisely avoided committing Oregonians to paying for new fracked gas power plants.” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director with Columbia Riverkeeper

Deny Stormwater Permit and Reject Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal »

August 8th, 2017: It’s hard to imagine a bigger threat to the Columbia River, our safety, and our climate than the Tesoro Savage oil-by-rail terminal. You can help stop it. Tesoro’s reckless proposal—which would bring up to five dangerous oil trains each day down the Columbia River—is nearing a decision point. Help stop Tesoro: Take action to oppose Tesoro’s water pollution permit.

Farms Feed Us »

August 3rd, 2017: “Good agriculture jobs are on hold in Columbia County because of the uncertainty polluting industry proposed under the rezone creates for local farms. We need a commitment from the county that we can farm without constant risk to water and food safety.” -James Hoffmann, Blueberry Farm Owner

We Strongly Support Portland’s Decision to Fight for the Fossil Fuel Policy »

August 3rd, 2017: August 2, 2017: Portland City Council voted unanimously, 5 to 0, to appeal a decision by Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) that found Portland’s fossil fuel terminal zoning amendments restricting new major fossil fuel infrastructure unconstitutional. The Oregon State Court of Appeals will hear appeals on the case.

Record Breaking Coal Comments: 169,000! »

July 27th, 2017: More than 169,000 public comments flooded the Washington Department of Ecology encouraging the agency to deny a water quality permit needed for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview.

Fossil Fuel Industry Attempts to Put Our Communities and Climate at Risk »

July 19th, 2017: “While we are disappointed in the decision, we will work to secure a policy that protects Portland and our climate from reckless fossil fuel projects like coal and oil train terminals. The people of Portland overwhelmingly supported this policy and strong climate action. We will not be dissuaded by the fossil fuel industry’s attempt to put our communities and climate at risk.” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper

Protect Columbia County Farms »

July 18th, 2017: Team up with farmers to protect over 800 acres of farmland along the Columbia River from dangerous industrial development like methanol export and oil-by-rail terminals. Submit a public comment & RSVP to attend 8/2 hearing.

Conservation Groups Challenge World’s Largest Methanol Refinery Planned for Columbia River »

June 29th, 2017: “The Kalama methanol refinery endangers citizens, communities, the Columbia River and our climate,” said Miles Johnson of Columbia Riverkeeper. “These permits are the product of a woefully inadequate environmental analysis.”