Columbia Riverkeeper at the White House

Board President Emily Washines and Advancement Director Emily Kao had the honor of attending the White House signing ceremony for the Columbia River Basin Restoration Agreement. Columbia Riverkeeper works in solidarity with the many Tribal Nations whose dedication and leadership made the historic agreement possible. This agreement acknowledges the urgent need to recover abundant salmon while working to replace the energy, transportation, and irrigation services provided by the four Lower Snake River dams. 

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Effort to Protect Estuary, Climate Heats Up

Earlier this month, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners approved two permits for a large rail yard associated with Houston-based NEXT Renewables’ proposal to build a non-conventional diesel refinery in the Columbia River Estuary. If built, NEXT’s refinery would destroy over 100 acres of wetlands, harm local farms, and result in substantial climate-changing pollution. Columbia Riverkeeper continues to team with community members and farmers to stand up for clean water and our climate.


Make 2x the difference for Clean Water

When you think of the Columbia River, you should think of clean water, strong salmon runs, and kids laughing as they splash along its beaches. Not toxic pollution. As a Columbia Riverkeeper supporter, you can stop toxic pollution and protect clean water. Donate today and your impact will be doubled. Thanks to a generous family inspired by Columbia Riverkeeper’s impact, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000.


Webinar Features Investigative Journalist

Join Columbia Riverkeeper and award-winning author Joshua Frank in conversation about Frank’s new book, "Atomic Days, The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America." Frank’s research explores the connections between U.S. militarism, environmental destruction, climate change, and the myths of nuclear technology. Don’t miss this free webinar!


Summer Opportunity

Every summer Columbia Riverkeeper offers paid internships to support budding river advocates and scientists. Help spread the word! We have openings available for a Hood River-based Outreach and Education Intern to help implement environmental education and pollution prevention programs in the Columbia River Gorge and a Portland-based Water Quality Technician Intern.


Our Team is Growing!

Meet our newest team members. Andrea Capere, communications specialist, works to build effective, exciting, and inclusive communications strategies. Juan Monje, community organizer, focuses on outreach and engagement with Columbia River communities. Esteban Ortiz, program coordinator, advances our efforts to work with river communities to hold the U.S. government accountable for Hanford Nuclear Site cleanup and other campaigns to protect the Columbia.


Take Action:


Events and Engagement:

  • Free Webinar, “Investigative Journalist Breaks Down Hanford: A Conversation with Joshua Frank”: March 27, 2024, at 12 p.m. Join Columbia Riverkeeper and award-winning author Joshua Frank in conversation about Frank’s new book, "Atomic Days, The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America." RSVP for a link.
  • Bradford Island Superfund Site Restoration Advisory Board Meeting: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from 5 - 7 p.m. Are you looking for civic engagement opportunities to protect fish, water quality, and public safety? Join us at the monthly Bradford Island Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting. The meeting is hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, virtual (join via Zoom), and open to the public.
  • Save the Date! April 11, 2024, 12 p.m. Columbia Riverkeeper’s Staff Attorney Audrey Leonard will join a panel of experts as part of a Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School virtual event. Follow us on social media for updates on this and other events featuring Columbia Riverkeeper’s staff.
  • Free Webinar, “Charismatic Crustaceans: What Columbia River Crayfish Can Teach Us”: April 12, 2024 at 12 p.m. Join Columbia Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Director Lorri Epstein and Dr. Alan Kolok as they discuss community-based, participatory science and dive into how researchers use crayfish to better understand water quality and impacts of toxic pollution.

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