Photo credit: Russ Ricketts.
Lorri Epstein, Water Quality Director
Lorri Epstein (she/her) coordinates Columbia Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Monitoring program, Nichols Natural Area,and outreach and education engagement programs. Lorri is a biologist whose graduate research focused on juvenile salmon on a remote river on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Prior to joining Riverkeeper, Lorri worked on river restoration issues on the Klamath, Yakima, and Umpqua Rivers. She also taught outdoor education in the California Redwoods.
What inspires you to do this work?
Wanting everyone to feel like they can enjoy with river, swimming, and fishing without concern or fear; and wanting to do everything I can to help salmon survive and thrive. It is a privilege to get to connect with my community to do meaningful work that has a positive impact.
Riverkeeper’s team includes scientists, environmental lawyers, and community organizers. We work to organize and empower local communities, enforce environmental laws, and build strategic coalitions. Our mission is to protect and restore the Columbia River and all life connected to it.