Strategic Plan
We unite people to fight for clean water and the climate.
What's New?
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Sign Our Petition
Clean Up Bradford Island

For decades, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers used Bradford Island near the Bonneville dam as a toxic dumping ground. Because of this, resident fish in that area have the highest cancer-causing PCB contamination levels in the United States, making them too toxic to eat.

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Swim Guide Launches this Month
Clean Water is a Right

Columbia Riverkeeper monitors water quality at popular Columbia River recreation sites. Check current conditions on Swim Guide, a user-friendly app. What’s new this year? We’ve added new beaches to our water-quality monitoring program!


Riverkeeper Staff and supporters at the 3rd annual Hanford Journey event, pose along the Hanford Reach opposite the Hanford Nuclear Site.
Hanford's Future Revised
Changes Raise Thousand-Year Questions

In late April, the federal government and Washington state reached a significant new agreement regarding the treatment, management, and disposal of Hanford’s highly radioactive tank waste...

Clatkanie farmers, photo by Paloma Ayala
What's the Next Challenge
Facing the Columbia?

Get up to speed on the latest issues facing river communities and Columbia Riverkeeper’s strategies and partnerships. Check out recent episodes from “Locus Focus” featuring interviews with Columbia Riverkeeper’s senior community organizer, policy director, staff attorney, and advocacy director.

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Cutting Edge Climate Science
What role will dams play in tackling the climate crisis?

Join Legal Director Miles Johnson in a thought-provoking discussion with Dr. John Harrison, Ph.D, from Washington State University at Vancouver. “The Science of Methane Gas from Reservoirs: Rethinking Hydropower's Carbon-free Image” challenges long-held beliefs on the impacts of mega hydro dams.

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Historic Columbia River Basin Agreement
at the White House

“We applaud the Biden Administration for partnering with Tribes and States to reach this historic agreement. We have the opportunity to build a Pacific Northwest with abundant salmon and affordable, reliable clean energy. Now is the time for congressional leaders and others to lean in and support this important process.” -Emily Washines, Columbia Riverkeeper Board President


Columbia Riverkeeper works to protect, restore, & care for the Columbia River.



How we do it:


We protect Columbia River communities and habitat from new threats, such as fossil fuel export terminals and intensive industrial development.


We restore our right to clean water and healthy fish by reducing toxic pollution.


We care for the river by providing hands-on opportunities for diverse communities to engage with their river.


Celebrate a Year of Victories on the Columbia


We use legal advocacy and community organizing to stop pollution, fight fossil fuel terminals, save salmon, build stewardship, and clean up Hanford.