Righting a Wrong: Pollution Penalties
As with Clean Water Act lawsuits brought by the Environmental Protection Agency, Riverkeeper requires polluters to pay a penalty for violating the law and harming the river. The penalty money never goes to Riverkeeper. Instead, the money supports other projects to restore the Columbia River. Examples of projects that Riverkeeper’s Clean Water Act lawsuits supported include:
- Removing roads in river headwaters to reduce stormwater pollution associated with dirty road runoff.
- Cutting-edge studies on toxic pollution from household products and their impacts on the Columbia.
- Restoring critical wetlands to improve salmon habitat.