Victory for Salmon
A court ruled in our favor, holding that the U.S. Army Corps (Corps) must cool the water heated by the Columbia and Snake River dams to protect salmon. This marks a significant step in our long-running effort to hold the Corps accountable for the heat pollution caused by its dams and reservoirs. We also need Northwest elected leaders to develop inclusive solutions to protect salmon and reinvest in river communities.
U.S. Supreme Court Climate Win
Great news! The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the last legal appeal of a proposal to build the nation’s largest coal export terminal, Millennium Bulk Terminals, proposed along the Columbia. If built, Millennium would have exported up to 44 million metric tons of coal every year. When we fight for what we love, we win.
Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Passes
After months of grassroots organizing, Oregon passed the groundbreaking 100% Clean Energy for All Bill. This ambitious bill will transition Oregon’s electricity to 100% clean energy by 2040 while centering benefits for communities of color and rural, coastal, and low-income communities and workers. Thanks to all of our members who helped secure this historic victory for energy justice in Oregon and across the nation.
Game Changer for Toxic Waste Dump
You demanded leadership for a clean Columbia. And now Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined forces with Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici to call for an end to a stalled-out cleanup on the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam. Superfund listing will kickstart a cleanup of this forgotten waste dump. We applaud members of the Northwest delegation for standing up for the people harmed by toxic waste.
“Love Your Columbia” Webinars
Get inspired to fight for clean water and our climate. Next up: “Oil-by-Rail’s Last Stand” on July 22 features Julie Carter of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and Erin Saylor of Columbia Riverkeeper. Get up to speed on threats along the Columbia and how the City of Portland can stop a massive oil-by-rail terminal. On July 27, tune in for “Debate on Tribal Rights Heats Up” featuring Yakama Nation Tribal Council Member Jeremy Takala and Traditional Food Gatherer and Yakama Nation Tribal Member Elaine Harvey.
New Riverkeeper Staff & Interns
Meet our newest team members. Karina Sahlin, communications coordinator, works to build effective, exciting, and inclusive communications strategies. Priya Judge, coalition coordinator with Power Past Fracked Gas, facilitates strategic organizing against fossil fuel infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. Magali Cota, law clerk, is a rising 2L at Gonzaga University School of Law. Richard "Rico" Vinh, law clerk, is a rising 3L at Lewis and Clark Law School. Cambria Keely, community organizer intern, engages residents and fights to protect our region from fossil fuel. Martina Avendano, water quality technician for the Portland Area, and Rachel Luther, water quality technician for Hood River, work to promote healthy river contact and inform the public on safe places to swim.
Stop Oregon’s Free Pass for Fracked Gas Polluters: Help us tell Governor Brown, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality, and the Environmental Quality Commission that Oregon can’t expect to meet its climate goals by exempting the largest climate polluters from its emissions reduction program.
Stand in Solidarity with Tribal Nations: In a stunning blow to Indigenous People and Tribes, Washington's Gov. Jay Inslee recently vetoed Tribal consent provisions in the Climate Commitment Act. Urge the Governor to heed the call of Tribal Nations to reverse his decision.
Clean Up Bradford Island: Urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to list the Bradford Island cleanup site on the National Priorities List.
Save Snake River Salmon: Tell your Governor and representatives that time is short and they must secure funding for dam removal now.
Shop for a Good Cause: Check out Columbia Riverkeeper’s online store! Whether you are looking to support Pacific Northwest authors or pick up one of Riverkeeper’s new hats, you’ll find the perfect addition to your next gift basket or day at the river. All purchases support our work to protect clean water and restore healthy ecosystems.
Conoce tu Columbia on Spotify: It’s easy to listen to your favorite bilingual podcast featuring intersectional issues that impact Columbia River Gorge and Pacific Northwest communities.
Events & Engagement:
- Swim Guide is Live: Check out Columbia Riverkeeper’s 2021 Swim Guide—your one-stop-shop for swimming information. Use the Swim Guide app to see where it’s safe to swim, learn about the best beaches for every activity, and report pollution problems and environmental concerns. Read more about how Riverkeeper helps you swim safely.
- RSVP to Watch “Oil-by-Rail’s Last Stand: The Zenith Energy Story”: July 22, 2021, 12 p.m. The City of Portland can stop the Zenith Energy oil-by-rail terminal. The State of Oregon could, too. But will they? Community Organizer Kate Murphy leads a panel discussion with Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Policy Analyst Julie Carter and Columbia Riverkeeper Staff Attorney Erin Saylor. Julie and Erin will cover the oil industry's dismal year, how Tribes and Columbia River communities stopped the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal in 2018, and why Zenith Energy took root in Portland. You'll walk away inspired to convince decision makers to stop Zenith.
- RSVP to Watch "Debate on Tribal Rights Heats Up: Stand in Solidarity with the Yakama Nation”: July 27, 2021, 12 p.m. Rye Development proposes the Northwest’s largest pumped-storage hydroelectric project, threatening to destroy Tribal cultural resources for speculative power production. Join Columbia Riverkeeper Staff Attorney Simone Anter as she talks to Elaine Harvey, Kah-milt-pa Band Member and Traditional Food Gatherer, and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Chairman and Yakama Nation Tribal Councilman Jeremy Takala about this misguided, unjust development.
In the News:
- A Stronger Electricity Grid Is Crucial To Cutting Carbon. Does That Make It Green?, Investigate West, July 21, 2021
- Farmers not quitting fight against Port Westward expansion plans, Columbia Insight, July 20, 2021
- 4-state collaboration may squeeze out E. Wash. interests in keeping Snake River dams, TriCity Herald, July 19, 2021
- Columbia County’s plan to transform 800 acres of farmland draws environmental concerns, OPB, July 15, 2021
- Oregon county approves rezoning farmland for industrial park expansion, Capital Press, July 15, 2021
- NEXT to hold open house to answer community questions about Columbia County biorefinery, The Daily News, July 10, 2021
- Port of Vancouver Harming Columbia River’s Health, Suit Says, Bloomberg Law, July 7, 2021
- EPA Urges Courts To Remand Water Rule As It Retools Regs, Law 360, July 2, 2021
- Washington state board to uphold temperature limits in Columbia, Snake rivers, Seattle Times, June 29, 2021
- U.S. Supreme Court Chooses Not to Hear Millennium Bulk Terminals Case, The Daily News, June 28, 2021
- Columbia River’s Bradford Island gets new push for toxic Superfund status, OPB, June 24, 2021
- $2.4B Gorge energy storage project not ready for key permit, regulators say, Portland Business Journal, June 23, 2021