BREAKING: Huge Win for Clean Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to list the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam and Bradford Island on the nation’s Superfund List. Superfund listing will kickstart a cleanup of this forgotten waste dump. We are honored to work in solidarity with Yakama Nation, which led this fight for many years, on environmental justice and public health issues like toxic cleanups.
Portland Denies Zenith Oil-By-Rail Terminal
MASSIVE CLIMATE VICTORY! Thanks to years of grassroots organizing and legal advocacy, the City of Portland recently denied a key permit for Zenith Energy’s oil-by-rail operations in NW Portland. This is game-changing news for our climate and people threatened by oil-by-rail.
Powerful New Video: Demand Life, not Extinction
Watch the video, take action, and ensure our leaders save salmon. Snake River salmon and steelhead are running out of time. We need everyone in the Pacific Northwest, and beyond, to demand that our leaders not accept the extinction of Snake River salmon. Snake River dam removal is gaining momentum. As this new video explains, we have a chance to stop extinction and restore abundant salmon runs.
Feds Require Fish Passage at Lewis River Dams
The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have withdrawn a Trump-era decision that endangered salmon and steelhead in the Lewis River. PacifiCorp dams will now be required to ensure fish passage, putting Lewis River salmon and steelhead back on track to recovery.
FREE Back-to-School Curriculum
If you haven’t heard, our very own Water Quality Director Lorri Epstein has developed a free pollution prevention curriculum for middle-schoolers! The curriculum features four virtual science units that tackle important environmental issues and inspire action. Kids can work on the units at home on their own, or teachers can facilitate learning in a classroom or online. The lessons, experiments, and hands-on activities use supplies and materials you likely already have. Learn more and share it with the parents and teachers you know!
Donor Feature: Jennifer Elling
Jennifer chose to include Columbia Riverkeeper in her IRA. “Clean water is our most valuable resource. I appreciate the leadership of Columbia Riverkeeper and how the organization works with others, especially the Tribes along the Columbia.” Learn more about Jennifer and the different ways to support Columbia Riverkeeper in our latest newsletter.
Events & Engagement:
- Protect Oregonians from Climate Pollution: Important Comment Period and Workshops now - October 4, 2021. Call on Oregon’s environmental agencies to do more to protect Oregonians from climate pollution.
- Virtual Celebration: The End of Kalama Methanol: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6 - 7 p.m.
Your efforts have paid off in a huge way—you stopped the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery! Seven years of activism, community involvement, and legal strategizing led to one of the most inspiring victories in recent memory. Now, it’s time to celebrate! Hear stories from folks involved in the fight, share favorite memories, and celebrate with each other.
- 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 Hanford is a place worth fighting for. Learn about the latest comment period and how you can get involved.
- Watch "Virtual Concert" with Columbia Riverkeeper’s composer-in-residence Deena T. Grossman. Miss the last "Love Your Columbia" webinar? We’ve got you covered. Deena’s music, originating from her deep connection to our natural world, is consonant with the goals of Columbia Riverkeeper—to widen awareness and appreciation of our environment and to take action through grassroots organizing and legal means to protect, restore, and care for the Columbia River.
- 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:
- Contaminated site near Columbia’s Bonneville Dam could get top priority for Superfund cleanup, OPB, September 8, 2021
- Korean News covering sockeye salmon: 펄펄 끓는 지구, 한반도 어장지도가 바뀐다 - 2021 어종 변화 보고서, September 1, 2021
- Salmon face deadly hot waters along Columbia and Snake rivers as the call for dam removal grows, The Inlander, September 2, 2021
- Oregon DEQ says it’s denying a permit needed for crude-oil operation to continue in Portland, OPB, September 1, 2021
- French News covering sockeye salmon: Aux Etats-Unis, des saumons meurent brûlés par la chaleur de l’eau, GEO, September 1, 2021
- Commentary: ‘Green’ project would destroy culturally significant resources, Columbia Gorge News, August 31, 2021
- Portland denies Zenith Energy’s essential certification, OPB, August 27, 2021
- Opponents scoff at Zenith claim of increased renewables at controversial Portland fuel terminal, Portland Business Journal, August 26, 2021
- State, County Leaders Pressure Portland Officials to Shut Down Zenith Terminal, Portland Mercury, August 25, 2021
- Company behind Kalama methanol pipeline also requests permits be canceled, The Daily News, August 24, 2021