Under Attack: Hanford Reach National Monument

Comments to the U.S. Department of Interior due July 10

The Hanford Reach supports some of the most productive spawning areas in the Northwest, including the largest remaining stock of wild fall Chinook salmon in the Columbia River. Photo by Steve Mashuda.

The Hanford Reach National Monument is under threat from a sweeping and unprecedented Executive Order issued by President Trump. Take action to protect the one-of-a-kind monument.

The Order calls for Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review national monuments designated since 1996. President Clinton designated the Hanford Reach National Monument in 2000, protecting 51 river miles of critical spawning grounds for salmon and 195,000 acres of unique shrub-steppe habitat.

It took decades to secure protections for the National Monument, but we only have until July 10, 2017, to weigh in with Secretary Zinke.

Take Action

1.) Submit a comment to Secretary Zinke. Use our form comment or write your own letter using our online portal. To submit comments via mail, send your letter to: Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240. Comments due July 10, 2017. For more details on the comment period, check out the Interior Department’s public notice.

2.) Post our petition on your social media feed and ask your friends to submit comments to Secretary Zinke.

3.) Support Columbia Riverkeeper. Riverkeeper can spring into action on time-sensitive threats to the Columbia River because we’re a membership-supported organization. You make us nimble. Donate to Riverkeeper today to support our work to protect the Hanford Reach National Monument and fight for Hanford cleanup.

What is the Hanford Reach National Monument?

The Hanford Reach National Monument protects cultural resources, extraordinary geologic formations including the dramatic White Bluffs, a 51-mile stretch of uniquely free-flowing Columbia River, and diverse wildlife and plants. The Hanford Reach also draws visitors from throughout the world. Importantly, the site forms a buffer between neighboring lands and the highly contaminated Hanford Nuclear Site.

For stunning footage of the Hanford Reach, watch Riverkeeper’s short film on Hanford cleanup, Hanford: A Race Against Time.

To learn more about the monument, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hanford Reach National Monument website.