Salmon in Hot Water
Columbia Riverkeeper released footage showing heat-stressed sockeye salmon dying because the Columbia River is too hot. Tribal Nations, fishing groups, and conservation organizations have called on the Pacific Northwest congressional delegation to obtain funding to breach the four lower Snake River Dams, which would cool the Snake River and help sockeye return.
Take the Leap!
We appreciate all our members who make the leap to protect clean water and our communities. Check out our “Take the Leap” themed newsletter and learn the latest about the Columbia River.
Is it Safe to Swim?
Clean water is a right, and all people deserve the opportunity to swim and fish without fear of getting sick. Columbia Riverkeeper monitors water quality at popular Columbia River recreation sites. Check current conditions on Swim Guide, a user-friendly app.
Virtual Concert for the River
Music and the arts have a way of inspiring people in new and different ways. We are honored to introduce our new Composer in Residence: Deena T. Grossman. Get inspired on September 2, 2021, at 7 p.m. as we host a virtual concert, discussion, and fundraiser with Deena and fellow artists, pianist Rory Cowal, with art by Collin Murphy.
Benefits of Giving: Aug. 25
Ever wonder how IRA rollover contributions can work to your advantage? Or how to maximize your contributions and reduce the tax burden on your beneficiaries? Join us August 25 at 12 p.m. for advice from a financial planner and estate planning attorney.
Spotlight: Councilman Jeremy Takala & Elaine Harvey
What would you do to protect a sacred place? Yakama Nation Tribal Councilman Jeremy Takala and a Ka-miltpa Band Member Elaine Harvey detail how a proposed hydroelectric pumped-storage development in the Columbia Hills will destroy sacred Tribal resources and First Foods. Learn the moral underpinnings of their fight to protect a sacred place.
- Don't Let Polluters Off the Hook: Call on Oregon environmental regulators and Gov. Brown to do more to protect Oregonians from climate pollution.
- Lower Snake Dam Removal: Call on your representatives today! Tell your Governor and representatives that time is short and they must secure funding for dam removal now.
- Stop Oil in Portland: Portland City Council has a big decision to make about Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail terminal and they need to hear from you!
Events & Engagement:
- RSVP to watch “Climate and the Columbia: Lessons from the Past for the Future”: October 29, 2021, at 12 p.m. Dr. Maureen Walczak and Dr. Alan Mix, environmental scientists at Oregon State University, share their research on the history of climate and flows on the Columbia River—spanning 20,000 years! Learn how the hydrology of the river and the adjacent coastal ocean may be impacted by near-future climate change. They will be joined by Columbia Riverkeeper Senior Attorney Miles Johnson, who will share how temperature relates to the Lower Snake Dam removal campaign.
- RSVP to watch “What is the Latest on the Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup?”: November 2, 2021, at 12 p.m. Staff Attorney Simone Anter gives a history lesson about the former nuclear site nestled along the Columbia’s banks, and shares why it is a place worth fighting for. Learn about the latest comment period and how you can get involved.
- 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.
In the News:
- Rising river temperatures are stressing out salmon in the Pacific Northwest, NY Times, July 27, 2021
- Columbia Riverkeeper asks Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revoke pipeline certificates for Kalama methanol project, The Daily News, Aug. 17, 2021
- High River Temps Killing Salmon in Pacific Northwest, Now This, Aug. 9, 2021
- Vigil held for dying sockeye Sockeye salmon dying on Little White Salmon River, Columbia Gorge News, Aug. 3, 2021
- As sockeye runs struggle elsewhere in North America, a record run in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Seattle Times, July 29, 2021
- Shocking video shows salmon almost boiled alive in heat wave, The Hill, July 29, 2021
- Video shows salmon injured by unlivable water temperatures after heatwave, The Guardian, July 27, 2021
- Disturbing Video Shows Columbia River Salmon Suffering Due to Dams and Heat Waves, EcoWatch, July 27, 2021