Engaging Communities

Connect people to the river and celebrate the diverse, vibrant cultures within river communities

What gets your heart pounding? The thrill of catching a salmon, whacking an invasive plant to smithereens, or diving into the river on a summer afternoon? 

Our work to empower communities taps into your values—your drive to make a difference, gain knowledge, and connect.


Current Projects


Columbia Gorge Youth Education

Columbia Riverkeeper works to engage, educate, and inspire the diverse communities of the Columbia River Gorge. Through our education program we engage students and families in restoring a former industrial site to promote environmental education among diverse communities. As a place-based organization, the Nichols Natural Area, serves as our field-based…

Pollution Prevention Curriculum

Welcome to Columbia Riverkeeper’s Hub for Teaching Pollution Prevention to Middle School Students. We offer four free, easy-to-implement science units that tackle important environmental issues and inspire action by empowering students with the tools to make a difference. Students will learn to define problems, evaluate evidence, and develop their own…

Water Quality Monitoring

Columbia Riverkeeper monitors water quality at popular Columbia River recreation sites. Check current conditions on the Swim Guide app. Download the Swim Guide app! Clean water is a right, and all people deserve the opportunity to swim and fish without fear of getting sick. Our water quality monitoring data doesn’t…

River Restoration & Cleanups

Want to get dirty for a good cause? Join a Riverkeeper-hosted cleanup in your community. Sign up for Riverkeeper’s monthly e-news for updates on river cleanups near you.

More Ways to Learn & Engage


From rallies against dirty fossil fuels to activist trainings to inspiring speakers, find out more about our latest offerings.


Learn about the Columbia’s history and diverse cultures. Hear from scientists and authors about the latest research on salmon, toxic pollution, and river science. Get up to speed on emerging issues and ways to make a difference. Visit our library of thought-provoking webinars.

Take Action

Your voice matters. Learn about ways you can speak up for clean water and our climate. Check our latest petitions advocate for the Columbia and the people who rely on it.

FAQs & Resources

Is it safe to eat Columbia River salmon? What are emerging threats to clean water? Dig into our archive of fact sheets and other resources to deepen your understanding of Columbia River issues.