Stopping Pollution

Columbia Riverkeeper advocates for clean water

We take polluters to court when the government turns its back on illegal pollution. We work in solidarity with Tribes and people who rely on clean water to advocate for stronger laws to reduce toxic pollution in fish and drinking water. And we push government agencies to take action for clean water.

Current Campaigns

Bradford Island Cleanup

People rely on clean water and toxic-free fish. That’s why Columbia Riverkeeper uses the law…

Prevent Pollution

Preventing pollution at the source offers critical opportunities to keep toxics out of the Columbia…

Factory Farms

The expansion of large-scale dairy operations in Oregon poses increasing risks to human health and…

Enforce the Law

Thousands of pipes release pollution into the Columbia. The Problem The Columbia River basin, an…

Stop Oil Spills

Columbia Riverkeeper uses the Clean Water Act to keep toxic oil pollution from large hydroelectric…

The Problem

The Columbia River, and the communities that depend on it, face serious threats from toxic pollution. 

Every day, thousands of pipes discharge toxic pollution from industry, cities, and dirty stormwater runoff. Pesticides and heavy metals enter the river from numerous and scattered sources, including agricultural runoff and through the air.

Why It Matters

Visit a popular fishing spot. On a sunny day, you’ll likely find dozens of people reeling in fish destined for the dinner table. 

Unfortunately, industrial pollution dumped into the Columbia has a tragic impact on this food source: off-the-charts levels of toxic pollution including mercury and cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Studies of people who eat Columbia River fish have found that risks are particularly high for Indigenous people because they eat more locally-caught fish than non-Indigenous people.

Take Action

Bradford Island - photo by Ubaldo Hernandez

Clean Up Bradford Island

Do you care about clean water for all? Do you want to work in solidarity with Tribal Nations? Then take action today and advocate for cleanup at the Columbia’s newest ... Read more

How We Protect Clean Water:

Enforce the Law

Advocate for Cleanup

Support Frontline Communities

Push for Stronger Laws

Promote Science

Watchdog Permits to Pollute