Biden on Dams
The Biden Administration just opened a formal public comment period on the Lower Snake River dams. Un-damming the Snake River and replacing the dams’ services is the only realistic option to recover Snake River salmon and honor Tribal rights. Make your voice heard.
Hanford Journey Inspires
Led and planned by Yakama Nation's Environmental Restoration Waste Management Program and Columbia Riverkeeper, students from Yakama Nation's Tribal School and Heritage University visited the Hanford Nuclear Site on a one-of-a-kind school trip designed to inspire the next generation of Hanford cleanup advocates. See our latest social media post for more photos.
Zenith Oil-by-Rail Still Polluting
Despite years of public outcry against Zenith’s operations, in 2022, the City of Portland quietly approved a permit—giving Zenith the green light for five more years of oil trains. Join Columbia Riverkeeper Conservation Director Dan Serres on May 23 in Portland, OR, to learn more and get involved.
An Uneasy Conundrum: Green Energy & Tribes
Energy cannot be 'clean' if it destroys irreplaceable cultural resources for Tribal Nations. Listen to Yakama Nation Councilman Jeremy Takala, Columbia Riverkeeper Executive Director Lauren Goldberg, and former Wash. Dept. of Ecology Director Maia Bellon present at Ecotrust's 2023 Indigenous Leadership Briefing Series. The dynamic discussion explores working in solidarity with Tribal Nations and managing 'green' energy for a sustainable future for all.
Uniting Communities for Climate Action
Why is the fossil fuel industry trying to expand existing infrastructure? Check out Staff Attorney Audrey Leonard’s recent Op-Ed for insights into the industry’s playbook—and how we’re fighting back.
Our Team is Growing!
Fighting for clean water and the climate requires teamwork! Meet our newest team members: Policy Director Kelly Campbell; Communications Coordinator Zowie DeLeon; Operations Assistant Audrey Klein; and Comunidades Program and Development Coordinator Esteban Ortiz.
Oppose Gas Pipeline Expansion: Tell FERC No! Speak out in opposition to increasing the Pacific Northwest’s reliance on fracked gas.
Clean Up the Columbia: Tell the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps that a timely and effective cleanup of the Columbia’s newest Superfund site is a top priority.
Art to Action: Looking for a stylish way to show your support for Lower Snake River dam removal and help protect the environment at the same time? Look no further than metal artist David Richardson's handcrafted bronze belt buckles. A portion of the proceeds from every purchase going to benefit Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment.
Events & Engagement:
Community Forum: May 23, 2023, 6 p.m., Portland, OR. Time to educate and activate around the threats to public health, safety, and our environment stemming from the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub, Zenith Energy’s dangerous oil-by-rail operation, and other burdens on the river. Hear from a new panel of speakers—including Columbia Riverkeeper’s Conservation Director Dan Serres—to learn more about the issues and the efforts to find solutions to reduce harm from threats to public health and safety.
Webinar: May 25, 2023, at 12 p.m., via Zoom. Learn about the Columbia's newest Superfund Site and what you can do to help. Prepare for a thought-provoking discussion featuring cultural and science experts from Yakama Nation Fisheries Program, Davis/Yellowash Washines and Laura Shira.
Marine Drive Dry Triathlon: June 17, 2023, Portland, Oregon. The race is on the Marine Drive Pedestrian Path along the beautiful Columbia River and features three laps of 7.4 miles each: run, bike, and skate. Proceeds benefit Columbia Riverkeeper.
Save the Date: June 22 in Portland, June 23 in Hood River. We’re teaming with Patagonia to host two special evenings of great conversation featuring author and filmmaker Steven Hawley and Columbia Riverkeeper’s Legal Director Miles Johnson. More details to follow.
In the News:
- Locus Focus Interview with Columbia Riverkeeper Executive Director, KBOO, May 15, 2023
- Op Ed: The New Landscape for Fighting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, Ecowatch, May 12, 2023
- Federal regulators want public input on Goldendale Energy Storage Project, KNKX, May 1, 2023
- FERC staff endorses Goldendale energy project in Washington, Capital Press, April 30, 2023
- Letter to the Editor: Pipeline Threatens Our Safety, Spokane Faves, April 24, 2023
- Gorge energy storage project, opposed by tribes, backed in draft federal report, Portland Business Journal, April 19, 2023