Columbia Riverkeeper

Mission

Columbia Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.

Bottom Line for Portland

Columbia Riverkeeper is working with partners to protect clean water and our climate from dirty fossil fuel projects, including oil-by-rail and petrochemicals. In Portland, Zenith Energy seeks to expand its operation to receive dirty tar sands crude on trains through Portland and export via ships. Working with Willamette Riverkeeper and allies, we are challenging Zenith in court and pushing city leaders to reject new fossil fuel infrastructure. We must prevent the lock in of dirty fossil fuel infrastructure. We are also partnering with Yakama Nation to clean up the most contaminated site on the Columbia River, Bradford Island, located in east Multnomah County. Some resident fish at this highly popular fishing site contain extremely high levels of cancer-causing toxic pollution. We will push the federal government to list this area as a Superfund site, which will jumpstart a stalled clean up. The result will be a healthier Columbia River and less toxic exposure for local fishers. Columbia Riverkeeper also promotes safe swimming and recreation by collecting E. coli samples at nine Portland-area swim beaches and providing data on our Swim Guide app. We help answer the question “Is it safe to swim?” with easily accessible data.

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“From my perspective, they’re easily one of the most effective groups in the country. It’s hard to overstate their importance.” —Eric de Place, a program director for the Sightline Institute

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our vision is a Columbia River that unites people to fight for clean water, abundant fish and wildlife, and our climate. We can only achieve this if we raise our voice and use our platform and resources to fight systemic racism. We amplify inspiring stories from the environmental and social justice movements along the Columbia River on our bilingual radio show Conoce tu Columbia, listen to and work in solidarity with tribal nations to reduce toxic pollution and protect the salmon habitat, and partner with frontline communities to take a stand on climate change and inequality. Internally, we support and encourage staff and board education through regular training and discussions. We pledge to learn and grow, own our mistakes, and continue to fight for the health and safety of river communities.

Incentives

The first $5,000 in donations will be matched by Schooner Creek Boat Works.

Donors who give $25 or more through the month of November will receive a $5 off bill certificate to Ferment brewing company.

The first 100 donors to give $50 or more will receive a $10 gift card to Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland.

The first 10 donors to give $150 or more will receive a case of cold brew from RISE Brewing co.

Anyone who gives on Nov. 4 is entered to win a $100 gift card from Evo Portland store.

Anyone who gives on Nov. 18 is entered to win a $100 gift card from Sensi Graves Swim.

The first gift of $1,000 or more starting Nov.24 will receive an event rental space, valued at $500, from Working Hands Fermentation in the Hood River Heights.

Anyone who gives on Nov. 30 will receive a 50% discount coupon to Pistil Designs in Hood River.

Anyone who gives on Dec. 16 is entered to win 2 E-bike rentals from Oregon E-Bikes in Hood River.

Anyone who gives on Dec. 22 is entered to win 2 Wing Surfing lessons from Big Winds in Hood River.

Gifts of $250 or more on Dec. 30 will be entered into a drawing to win ASA 101 sailing lesson, a three day course for one, from Island Sailing School in Portland. 

Business Partner(s)

Crag Law Center represents Columbia Riverkeeper in court to protect clean water and defend our climate. 

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Year Founded: 2000


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