Love Your Columbia: Restoration in Your Community

We want to celebrate the Columbia River!

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Photo Credit: Paloma Ayala

Love Your Columbia is an event, on August 23, 2014, where volunteers have the opportunity to pick up litter, pull invasive weeds or perform another restoration activity at Columbia River locations in their community. The event brings together individuals, communities, and organizations along the river and throughout the watershed for a day to work towards restoring the resource that we all depend on. The purpose is to highlight the issues surrounding the river by increasing public awareness, working to restore its health, and encourage improved stewardship along the entire river. “Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead” (World Rivers Day). This is a fantastic way to connect to all of the communities and people along the river. Come and be part of the celebration!

Lead your own or volunteer at an event in your community!

Lead an event:

Registered events can range from litter pick-ups or invasive weed pulls to educational outings and community riverside celebrations. Riverkeeper will support organizers with event promotion, media outreach, and volunteer recruitment. If you create an event, be sure to tell us about it! Click here to register your event.

Volunteer: Join in and celebrate at a location near you!

Below is the current list of event locations. Check back often, as more events are added regularly. Click here to sign up to volunteer at one of our events:

  • Astoria, OR: Astoria Riverwalk- invasive weed pull and litter pick-up with City of Astoria Parks and Recreation and North West Watershed Association from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm; Janice O’Malley, 503-741-5965
  • Castlegar, BC: Columbia River at the Lions Head Pub- First annual Walleye & Pike Derby with Chillbilly Sportfishing Charters and the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee from sunrise to 6:00 pm; Graham Cloutier, 250-365-6866
  • Columbia City, OR: Pixie Park- celebrate the Columbia River with a picnic and friends from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm; Paulette Lichatowich, 503-366-6959
  • Gresham, OR: Oxbow Regional Park- Sandy River litter pick-up with Columbia Riverkeeper and Metro-Gresham from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm; Alexandria Stocks, 541-387-3030
  • St. Helens, OR: Sand Island- paddle to the island for litter pick-up and invasive plant removal with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm; Samantha Dumont, 503-226-1565 x 245
  • Hood River, OR: Private land owner- habitat restoration and tree planting with Columbia Riverkeeper from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm; Danielle Weir, 541-387-3030
  • Hood River, OR: Mayer State Park- litter pick-up and park restoration with Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon State Parks from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm; Emily Long, 541-387-3030
  • Invermere, BC: James Chabot Provincial Park, Lake Windermere- celebrate the lake and the people who care about it with Lake Windermere Ambassadors on August 10th from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm; Kirsten Harma, 250-341-6898
  • North Bonneville, WA: Pierce Island- paddle to the island for litter pick-up with the Columbia Land Trust from 10:00 am- 1:00 pm; Sam Schongalla, 360-213-1214
  • Portland, OR: James Gleason Boat Ramp- shoreline pick-up with SOLVE from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm; Calvin Bauer, 503-844-9571 x 336
  • Portland, OR: Johnson Creek- litter removal in the creek with Johnson Creek Watershed Council from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm; Amy Lodholz, 503-652-7477
  • Revelstoke, BC: Inukshuk, Centennial Park- removing competing vegetation from restoration sites with Revelstoke Greenbelt Restoration Project et al. from 10:00 am-1:00 pm; Mandy Kellner, 250-837-0820
  • Ridgefield, WA: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge- invasive plant removal with the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge from 9:00 am-12:30 pm; Kieslana Wing, 360-887-3883
  • Sauvie Island, OR: Walton Beach- paddle and littler pick-up with Environment Oregon from 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm; Rachel Reddick, 503-442-7139
  • Spokane, WA: McKinstry River Access Site- Spokane River Classic paddling event with Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club from 9:00 am-12:00 pm; Stan Mrzygod, (Please see website for details:
  • Vancouver, WA: Water Resources Education Center- invasive plant removal and clean-up with the City of Vancouver from 9:00 am- 11:00 am; Hailey Heath, 360-487-8316
  • Washougal, WA: Captain William Clark Park- park and beach clean-up with Clark County Public Works from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm; Karen Llewellyn, 360-397-6118 x 1627
  • White Salmon, WA: White Salmon River Delta – invasive weed and trash removal with Underwood Conservation District, Yakama Nation Fisheries Program, Skamania and Klickitat County Noxious Weed Depts., and Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm; Tova Tillinghast, 509-493-1936





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