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EPA: Federal Review of Longview Coal Export Terminal “Inadequate” »

December 2nd, 2016: "EPA found the Army Corps' review was 'Inadequate' — the lowest ranking possible. The Army Corps flat out ignored recommendations from Tribes, cities, environmental groups, and the EPA to fix their incomplete scope of impacts associated with what would be the largest coal export terminal in North America. Air quality, noise impacts, greenhouse gas emissions, rail congestion and safety are just a few of the areas where EPA calls out the Army Corps’ failures. This should serve as a wake up call to the Corps." -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director

Federal Agencies Seek Gorge Community Input on Wild Salmon Restoration Plan »

December 1st, 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dam Removal and Other Strategies Will Save Federally Endangered Species Nov. 30, 2016 (The Dalles, OR) — The Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will host a public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6 to seek public input on developing a new lawful, science-based plan to save endangered wild [...]

Giving Tuesday 2016 »

November 23rd, 2016: [ November 29, 2016; ] Forgot Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Join us this Giving Tuesday to be a part of a global day dedicated to giving back. Thank you for standing up to protect what you love!

Act Now: Protect the Columbia from the world’s largest methanol refinery! »

November 22nd, 2016: Methanol refining and export explained in 4 minutes. Now’s a great time to learn the facts about the world’s largest methanol refinery proposed on the banks of the Columbia River in the small town of Kalama, Washington. The risks are high and this small town needs your help. Watch our new video and see how you can make a difference.

Fossil Fuel Industry Will Not Grow in the City of Portland »

November 17th, 2016: “Portland City Council is shining a light towards a cleaner path. If approved on the 8th, their action will prevent more oil train accidents and protect smaller communities like Mosier, Oregon, where an oil train derailed and burned spectacularly in June. This is a sensible policy that deserves a unanimous vote of support on December 8th.” -Dan Serres, Conservation Director of Columbia Riverkeeper

Act Now: A permit to pollute? No thank you. »

November 16th, 2016: Proposed coal exporter Millennium Bulk Terminals won’t get the hint. Help us flood the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with comments to protect our water from dirty coal export. Please submit your comment today!

BNSF Railway Required to Address Coal Train Pollution »

November 16th, 2016: "We are pleased that BNSF will seek to cover its dirty coal trains and clean up the pollution they've already spilled. It’s the simple solution.The railroad is not above the law." -Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director of Columbia Riverkeeper

4k Voices Call on Oregon to Deny Mega-Dairy Proposed in Boardman, Oregon »

November 4th, 2016: Today we call on the Oregon Departments of Environmental Quality and Agriculture to deny the water pollution permit for Lost Valley Ranch, a proposed 30,000 cow confined animal feeding operation. Oregon has heard from over 4,000 people asking for denial of this project. The Lost Valley Ranch factory farm would generate waste on par with Portland, but the manure would not go to a wastewater treatment plant. Instead, the factory farm would flush its waste into giant, lined earthen pits where it would decompose and then be dumped onto neighboring fields. This threatens water quality in the Columbia River and nearby drinking water sources that are already degraded by pollution. The State of Oregon cannot give the green light to this project without addressing the serious public health and environmental impacts ignored in the draft permit.

Court Rules that Coal Dust Case Should Go to Trial »

October 27th, 2016: On Oct. 25, 2016, a federal judge decided that the citizens of Washington state will be able to present testimony about the environmental impact of coal dust from uncovered Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) coal trains on local waterways. The trial is scheduled to begin November 7 in Seattle. This is a win for those that work, live and recreate in the Columbia River, Puget Sound, Spokane River, and other Washington waterways that have been polluted by the dust of passing coal trains for decades.

Urgent Call to Action: Dams »

October 25th, 2016: It’s time! We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring about the greatest wild salmon restoration in history. Federal agencies charged with protecting endangered wild salmon and steelhead from the lethal impacts of federal dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers are holding Public Scoping Hearings this fall. Attend a hearing and speak up for salmon!