Welcome to the "Love Your Columbia Community"
Virtual events featuring our incredible environmental lawyers, community organizers, scientists, and partners who work every day to protect the Columbia. Get inspired to fight for clean water and our climate.
A rich discussion around Tribal sovereignty, and the significance of considering sovereignty as nonprofits with work that impacts Tribes, approaches nonprofits should consider to respectfully engage with Tribes, how nonprofits can incorporate practices that prevent harm to Tribal Nations’ rights and more.
For decades, researchers have puzzled over an alarming phenomenon in Seattle-area streams in the Puget Sound: a large proportion of adult coho salmon die before they get the chance to spawn. Then, in 2020, scientists pinpointed the pollutant responsible for the coho deaths. Learn the latest information on this growing concern.
Perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals used in a wide variety of consumer products. They’re called forever chemicals because they don’t break down, but it’s time for us to break up with them.
Emily Washines (MPA and scholar is an enrolled Yakama Nation tribal member and Columbia Riverkeeper board member) and Tom Keefee (attorney who represented “Salmonscam Five”) reflect on the infamous Fish Wars and the case of Salmonscam Five over Native fishing rights.
Looking for ways to dismantle systems of oppression in the environmental movement? How about an introduction to the intersection between environmentalism, racism, and privilege?
What's next for Bradford Island? Learn how you can get engaged featuring speakers from Yakama Nation Fisheries, EPA Region 10, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Research Scientist Kirsten Kapp shares groundbreaking research on microplastic pollution in the Columbia River.
Dr. Maureen Walczak and Dr. Alan Mix, environmental scientists at Oregon State University, share their research on the history of climate and flows on the Columbia River—spanning 20,000 years!
Staff Attorney Simone Anter gives a history lesson about the former nuclear site nestled along the Columbia’s banks, and shares why it is a place worth fighting for.
Rye Development proposes the Northwest’s largest pumped storage hydroelectric development along the banks of the Columbia River near the John Day Dam, threatening to destroy tribal cultural resources for speculative energy return. Join Columbia Riverkeeper Staff Attorney Simone Anter as we talk to Yakama Nation Tribal Councilman and a Kah-miltpa Band Member Jeremy Takala and Fisheries Biologist and Hydro-Coordinator at Yakama Nation Fisheries and a Ka-miltpa Band Member Elaine Harvey.
The City of Portland can stop a massive oil-by-rail terminal: Zenith Energy. The State of Oregon can, too. Hear about the oil industry's dismal year, how Tribes and Columbia River communities stopped the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal in 2018, and why Zenith Energy took root in Portland. You'll walk away inspired to convince decisionmakers to stop Zenith’s fossil fuel hub. Featuring Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Policy Analyst Julie Carter and Columbia Riverkeeper Staff Attorney Erin Saylor.
Think you know conservation? Get the bigger picture. Join Columbia Riverkeeper Communications Coordinator Karina Sahlin and award-winning author Michelle Nijhuis for an intimate discussion on the history of modern conservation, from the early battles to save “fuzzy mammals” to the current fight to shift global priorities from extinction to abundance.
Learn how the Biden administration could end decades of cleanup delay at one of the most toxic sites on the Columbia River: Bradford Island and surrounding waters. Yakama Nation science and policy experts, Davis Washines and Laura Shira, join Columbia Riverkeeper Legal and Program Director, Lauren Goldberg, for a deep dive into the U.S. government’s forgotten toxic waste dump near Bonneville Dam.
Speakers include: Dr. Sammy Matsaw, member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, Research Biologist, and Co-founder of River Newe; Columbia Riverkeeper’s Executive Director, Brett VandenHeuvel; Natural Resources Defense Council’s Senior Attorney, Giulia Good Stefani; and Defenders of Wildlife’s Northwest Representative, Robb Krehbiel. Get up to speed on how people are coming together with new approaches to protect the Northwest’s iconic salmon, including a groundbreaking plan from Representative Mike Simpson.
Columbia Riverkeeper Senior Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández, hosts panel discussion with Lisa Muñoz, Program Director of Comunidades, Ana Molina from Beyond Toxics, and Dominica Navarro from Northwest Alternatives to Pesticides. Hear perspectives on the environmental advocacy movement and discuss how their organization’s are working to prevent pollution and protect people’s health.
Dr. Arlene Blum, Executive Director with the Green Science Policy Institute, shares about the harmful chemicals found in household items, how they end up in the river, their impacts, and what you can do.
Claudia Castro Luna hosts a kid-friendly poetry workshop in Spanish focusing on themes around the environment and river ecosystems.
Learn the latest on fracked gas and oil development proposals along the Columbia—and how we’re fighting to protect the river and our climate.
The deputy director of Coalition of Communities of Color, shares the historic effort to pass the Portland Clean Energy Fund ballot initiative.
Retired librarian and tireless Columbia Riverkeeper volunteer shares stories of how communities stopped multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas terminals and pipelines.
Natalie Swan (Yakama) pays tribute to her uncle and mentor, Atwai Dr. Russel Jim, who created a legacy fighting for Hanford cleanup, abundant salmon, and tribal and cultural sovereignty.
Columbia Riverkeeper's Dan Serres' behind the scene tales of the coal industry’s attempt to site North America’s largest coal export terminal along the Columbia’s shores will make your blood boil.
Arlene Burns, mayor of the City of Mosier, OR! She recalls the catastrophe of an oil-train derailment and explosion that thrust her and the small town of Mosier into the national spotlight, and what helped activists rally to defeat a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia.
Kat Brigham, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Chair Brigham reflects on the decades-long fight for tribal fishing rights on the Columbia, the successful campaign to convince Oregon to adopt the nation’s most protective water pollution limits, and a lifetime breaking barriers for Indigenous people and women.
Our heroes video series rounds out with two from Columbia Rivekeeper's amazing community engagement team: Ubaldo Hernández & Lorri Epstein. Tune in for a conversation about the power of access, equity, and community ownership in transforming Nichols Natural Area from a contaminated brownfield into a lush, riparian habitat where fish, wildlife, plants, and humans can all thrive.
We were joined by Claudia Castro Luna (author) and Tyrone Thompson Ross (Wyampum Nez Perce) for poetry readings and conversations to celebrate a special book release
We recently hosted a roundtable discussion about the frightening consequences that delayed cleanup could have at one of Hanford’s most high-risk facilities that houses one-third of all radioactivity
Learn from attorneys on the frontlines of litigation challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle laws that protect clean air and water
An inspiring conversation with two Native American civic leaders, Cathy Sampson-Kruse and Emily Washines, as they shared images and events that influenced their lives.
Columbia Riverkeeper's Senior Attorney Miles Johnson shares a recap from the "Removing Lower Snake River Dams to Protect Salmon and Orcas" virtual presentation.
Tune in for conversations with our two community organizers, Kate and Ubaldo, as they dig deep about "How to Protect Doing What You Love During COVID-19."
Tune in to Conoce tu Columbia, Riverkeeper’s bilingual Spanish-language radio show. Through inspiring interviews, music, and commentary, the program shares stories of people who protect our health and water from pollution. Listen live from 7 - 8 pm on Radio Tierra 95.1 FM Hood River or find archived episodes below.
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