We Stand in Solidarity

Columbia Riverkeeper stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and we are committed to fighting against the epidemic of police violence targeting Black people. We encourage you to learn about and support organizations fighting for social and racial justice.

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Game-Changer: States Take Historic Action to Protect Salmon, Orcas

Last month the Seattle Times released a front page article on rising water temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers caused by federal dams. This is the first time Washington and Oregon have used their authorities to regulate hot water at federal dams to protect salmon and orcas.


BREAKING: New Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Gift to Toxic Polluters

Columbia Riverkeeper joined the Makah Tribe and a coalition of fishing and environmental groups to fight against the Trump administration’s latest effort to dismantle laws that protect Washington state’s clean water and public health.


ACT: Invisible Danger, Hanford’s Groundwater on the Move

Hanford’s contaminated groundwater seeps closer to—and in some cases already reaches—the Columbia River. Now, the U.S. Dept. of Energy (Energy) proposes to pump and treat two plumes in the Central Plateau. Speak up for Hanford cleanup


We’re Still Monitoring! 

Summer isn’t canceled, and we know many people are venturing to Columbia River beaches to unwind and enjoy the river. This summer Riverkeeper will monitor beaches to track water quality conditions. You can find our results on the Swim Guide. Download the app today! Monitoring launched June 8, 2020.


VICTORY: Major Setback for Global Partners’ Oil-by-Rail  Plans

Thanks to a creative campaign targeting Portland General Electric (PGE), Global’s multi-year effort to buy nine massive oil storage tanks from its neighboring industrial site fell apart. This is a major setback for Global; without PGE’s tanks, Global’s storage capacity was cut in half.  And this month over 1,200 Riverkeeper members weighed in with the State of Oregon, urging regulators to deny Global’s air pollution permit.


Solidarity Spotlight:

Support: It takes all of us to make a change. We encourage you to follow and support an organization working to advance racial and  social justice. Read More 

No Puedo Respirar | I Can’t Breathe: Senior Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández, shares a heartfelt narrative about the lack of justice for George Floyd and countless others by recalling the unjust killing of Elfego Torres 20 years ago in the Columbia River Gorge. Read More

Equity/Learn: Columbia Riverkeeper staff and board members share articles, books, podcasts, and other information on the work we have been doing to create more awareness, learning, and action around the intersection of environmental, racial, and social justice. Learn With Us 



Stay engaged this Summer with art, podcasts, and more!

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! 

Conoce Tu Columbia: Tune in for new bilingual (Spanish and English) episodes every month for inspiring interviews, music, and commentary, and stories of people who protect our health and water from pollution. Listen.

War Cry Podcast: An all Indigenous, all female team just launched a new podcast exploring stories, issues, and historical connections about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women , Men, and LGBTQ+ 2 Spirit community members. Tune in wherever you find your podcasts or on their website.

Spring Webinar Recap: Tune in to watch and listen to Columbia Riverkeeper staff and partners as we explore the latest on Lower Snake River dam removal, the high risks of aging infrastructure at Hanford, how to stand up to oil-by-rail, and activism during a pandemic.



In case you missed some of our recent coverage, we have you covered: 

  • KPBS: Trump Environmental Rollbacks Roll on Despite Pandemic. Opponents Cry Foul
  • Portland Tribune: Zenith Energy Abandons Plans for New Portland Pipeline
  • OPB: Federal Environmental Policies During Pandemic Raise Concerns Across Northwest
  • Oregonian: Columbia, Snake River Dam Operators Must Make Plan to Keep Waters Cold Enough for Salmon Survival
  • Clark County Today: City of Vancouver Puts Six-Month Hold on New Bulk Fossil Fuel Facilities

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