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Columbia Riverkeeper works to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.
111 3rd St Hood River OR 97031
Phone: (541) 387-3030 |
What does a $100 contribution do for this organization?
As a citizen-funded organization, we do this work with the support of community members like you. Thank you for considering supporting our efforts. $100 would support our water quality monitoring program, which trains 140 volunteers to collect water quality data along 300 miles of the Columbia River and tributaries. $100 will pay for 5 hours of our staff scientist’s time, which will enable her to conduct a training session for up to 30 volunteers.
Why does this donor support this organization?
"The way Columbia Riverkeeper has been able to organize and engage volunteers in local communities inspires and exemplifies ways we can all be involved and bring about change. It is so easy in this day and age to despair and become overwhelmed and discouraged. Riverkeeper is a reminder of what can be done if we stay involved and keep the vision." -Melody Shapiro, Hood River Oregon

About Columbia Riverkeeper:

Columbia Riverkeeper's mission is to restore and protect the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean. We work towards a Columbia that’s safe for fishing, swimming, and recreation for our river communities.  The Columbia has faced many threats, including industrial and runoff pollution, the legacy of nuclear waste at Hanford, dirty energy threats from coal and liquefied natural gas export.  Despite this, we are making real progress on critical issues for the Columbia, and we’ll keep fighting.  To achieve our ambitious goals for the Columbia River we use a strategy of community-based grassroots organizing, public education, legal enforcement, and hands-on citizen involvement in tangible river protection projects.  The organization is also a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement, uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations worldwide.

Columbia Riverkeeper has been recognized locally and nationally for achieving results despite opposition from polluters.

  • Riverkeeper unites and trains citizen volunteers across hundreds of miles to watchdog stretches of the Columbia and collect water quality data.
  • Riverkeeper organized the most powerful citizen coalition in a decade – farmers, foresters, fishermen, climate activists – to protect our property and estuary from the destructive Liquefied Natural Gas terminal at Bradwood. We won.
  • Riverkeeper worked with partners at the Umatilla, Yakama, Nez Perce, and Warm Springs tribes to pressure Oregon to adopt the nation’s strongest limits on toxic pollution under the Clean Water Act. Washington is next.
  • Riverkeeper challenged the giant coal companies to prevent one of the world’s largest coal export terminals from fouling the Columbia.  This fight is far from over, but we prevailed in the first round.
  • Riverkeeper reduced toxic pollution in our river by stopping illegal discharges, pushing for better water quality laws, and enforcing existing rules.

CRK's Approach to Protecting the Columbia:

  • Water Quality Monitoring: Over 150 trained volunteers are working to monitor water quality in key salmon habitats on the Columbia River, each adopting a section of the river.  This information is used and greatly valued by state agencies, which often don’t have the resources to proactively monitor river health.
  • Enforcing Water Quality and Wildlife Laws: Riverkeeper uses state and federal laws to protect and improve the water quality and habitat on the Columbia.
  • Advocacy for the Columbia: Dirty coal export proposals threaten the Columbia and our river communities with toxic coal ash, which contains mercury and arsenic.  Riverkeeper founded a powerful coalition of organizations to fight coal export and do our part to stop climate change.  Riverkeeper also works to reduce or prevent threats from other toxics such as methanol, liquid natural gas, and oil trains.
  • Hanford Cleanup: We continue to work to cleanup up radioactive waste leaching into the Columbia River from Hanford and to protect the Columbia from plans to ship 70,000 truckloads of new radioactive waste to Hanford.
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