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Currents Newsletter

 2022 Issue 3
The Victory Issue

2021 Annual Report

Our mission: To protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.

Issue 2, 2022

Love, Defend, Clean Water

Extended Stories Issue 2, 2022
Simone Anter, with dog, photo by Modoc Stories
Caring for Our Kids
Caring for the Columbia

We all have lessons to learn from rivers—and how kids and pets navigate both the potential risks and the sensory joys of interacting with the water.


Liz Terhaar, Communications Director, hiking with her dog, Blaze, and daughter, Zuma in Montana; photo credit: Jon Terhaar.
Travel Reflections
You Can’t Take a Sabbatical from Clean Water

"My sabbatical taught me you can’t really take a break from who you are and what is important." -Liz Terhaar, Communications Director

davis washines, credit bear sky media.jpg
Our Story
Is the River's Story

"It’s not just for us, it’s for our children, our grandchildren, they’re the ones relying on us. Our goal: clean, healthy fish that is safe to eat." -Davis/Yellowash Washines

Extended Stories from Issue 1, 2019
Lummi totem journey, photo by Paul K. Anderson.
Lummi Totem Journey this June

Lummi Nation will undertake the Annual Totem Pole Journey to honor the captive orca, Tokitae, and bring attention to the plight of the Southern Resident orca population, and the need to repair and restore the Salish Sea.

Brett VandenHeuvel and his son, Gus, at the Klickitat River.
River Notes: A Letter from the Director

The theme of this newsletter is the relationship between salmon and orcas, two creatures that help define the Pacific Northwest.

Left to right: Sockeye salmon by Russ Ricketts (; Bonneville Dam by Brett VandenHeuvel, orcas by NOAA Fisheries West Coast, Gorge sunset by Nicole Mark (
A New Deal for Orcas, Salmon, and the Pacific Northwest

We need a new deal in the Pacific Northwest, one that honors and restores cultures and ecosystems while setting a course to prosperity in the new green energy economy.

Extended Interviews Issue 3, 2018
Dalai Lama and Elizabeth Furse
Words of Wisdom

Former Congresswoman and Columbia Riverkeeper Co-Founder Elizabeth Furse shares her role in bringing together local Columbia River nonprofits to form Columbia Riverkeeper.

Fish Recovery Board
Stories Behind the Lawsuits

In the last decade, penalties from Columbia Riverkeeper’s Clean Water Act lawsuits supported dozens of important projects to protect and restore water quality.

Rudy Salakory
Why Do I Engage?

Hear the stories why your fellow members contribute their time, resources, and creativity to the Columbia River.

Linda Garcia, photo credit Thomas Patterson for Earthjustice
Superheroes v. Big Oil

Former Fruit Valley Neighborhood Association Secretary Linda Garcia, reflects on the epic victory stopping the North America's largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal.

Alfrieda Peters, photo by Alex Milan Tracy
Hanford Cleanup Advocate

Alfrieda Peters serves as the education and outreach specialist for the Yakama Nation Environmental Restoration and Waste Management (ERWM) Department.

Khanh Pham, photo by Rick Rappaport
Make History in Portland

Khanh Pham, manager of Immigrant Organizing with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), shares her thoughts on a historic opportunity for Portland to take a stand on climate change and inequality.

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