20 Years Strong 

Every month in 2020 we’re sharing an inspiring story of grit, passion, and success. This month’s feature: a Wash. State Supreme Court victory for open government. Follow Columbia Riverkeeper on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more inspiring stories.

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BREAKING: Historic Action for Orcas, Salmon

Thanks to your dedication, Washington state made a game-changing decision for struggling Southern Resident orcas and endangered salmon: the state exercised its authority—for the first time ever—to require federal dam operators to keep the Columbia and Snake rivers cool enough for salmon survival. And earlier this week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a plan to control water temperature in the Columbia and Lower Snake rivers.


Trump’s Latest Gift to Toxic Polluters

We’re fighting back. The Trump administration’s decision to weaken Washington state’s toxic pollution laws blatantly disregards people’s health and ignores decades of sound science. We’ll see the Trump administration in court.


COVID-19 and Water Quality

Are you wondering how COVID-19 might affect water quality and the Columbia River? Water Quality Director, Lorri Epstein, answers some commonly asked questions on the risks to the river and potential pathways for exposure. 


PBS Covers "A Thin Green Line"

After celebrating our 20th Anniversary on Earth Day, PBS highlighted our years of work taking on fossil fuel companies alongside allies to protect clean water from coal, oil, and liquified natural gas. The summary is a victory lap of our work to stop polluters leveraging the intersection of community organizing, advocacy, and litigation.


Partner Spotlight: Q&A With Emilia Ponti

Conservation Director Dan Serres spoke with Emilia Ponti, a mushroom farmer, mother, oil-train fighter, and a resident of Columbia County who founded Mothers for a Safe Columbia County to help push back against plans for more dangerous oil trains through her community.


 Virtual Events:

Let’s stay connected. Columbia Riverkeeper’s Love Your Columbia Community offers ways to engage and stay inspired. 

  • Online Conversation: “How to Protect What You Love During COVID-19.” May 26, 2020, 6 p.m. Columbia Riverkeeper's Community Organizer Kate Murphy and Senior Organizer Ubaldo Hernández share actions we can take to protect our environment and resources to support our communities during COVID-19. RSVP today.
  • Hanford Art Contest, entries due 6/30: “Reclaiming our River from Hanford’s Nuclear Legacy.” Now - June 30, 2020. What does a clean and healthy Columbia River mean to you? Enter the all-ages art contest for a chance to win cash prizes. Enter today!
  • Flatten the Curve Vancouver: Columbia Riverkeeper is a proud sponsor of The Sierra Club of Washington’s three-part digital engagement series: A community discussion for a sustainable COVID-19 response. Next events: Thursday, May 21 and Thursday, May 28 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Conoce tu Columbia: Airing live every other Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. on 95.1 FM and available for streaming on Soundcloud. The program features bilingual interviews, music, and commentary with people who protect our health and water from pollution.
  • Recycled Rain Project: A network of artists from the Portland Metro Region shifted their annual art show online to showcase works incorporating harvested spring rainwater. The Recycled Rain Project features 14 local artists who will donate 20% of proceeds to Columbia Riverkeeper’s efforts to protect clean water. Purchase a piece today!

Take Action:

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Hood River Office: 541-387-3030 | 407 Portway Avenue Suite 301 Hood River, OR 97031
Portland Office: 503-432-8927 | 1125 SE Madison Street Suite 103A Portland, OR 97214 

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