We Are Columbia Riverkeeper: Meet Our Staff

Columbia Riverkeeper is a proud fiscal sponsor of Comunidades, an organization amplifying social and environmental justice in the Columbia River Gorge


Meet the Board

Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors oversees the organization’s conservation goals and policies, finances, and public relations.


Our mission is to protect and restore the Columbia River and all life connected to it.

Staff wearing waders at the Little White Salmon
Staff field trip to the Little White Salmon. Photo credit: Liv Smith.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse announced the formation of Columbia Riverkeeper on Earth Day, 2000. But currents run deeper than 2000. Columbia River United, led by Greg and Cyndy DeBruler, formed in 1989 in the Gorge, and Congresswoman Furse started Clean Water Columbia in Portland in 1997. The two groups merged to create one voice to protect the mighty river: Columbia Riverkeeper.