Columbia Riverkeeper fights to ensure that salmon can thrive in the Columbia River Basin—and that means protecting and restoring healthy habitat.
Strong salmon runs require healthy habitat, from spawning streams to the ocean. Riverkeeper works to protect and restore salmon habitat. This includes protecting the Columbia River estuary from new dredging and industrialization, cleaning up contaminated sites, and working with volunteers to restore riparian habitat.
Protecting and restoring habitat
We fight to ensure that salmon can thrive in the Columbia River Basin—and that means protecting and restoring healthy habitat.
Protecting the Columbia River Estuary from industrialization and dredging
The lower Columbia River and estuary are critical habitat for young salmon and steelhead. Young fish from across the entire Columbia River Basin grow and mature in the estuary before going to the ocean. Riverkeeper protects this important salmon habitat from dredging and industrialization by defeating fossil fuel and petrochemical export proposals. For instance, our victory over Oregon LNG protected the Skipanon Peninsula and Youngs Bay from the largest private dredging project ever proposed in the Columbia. Riverkeeper is also fighting to protect public land at the confluence of the Lewis and Columbia rivers from becoming a deep-water export terminal. Read more
Cleaning up contaminated sites
Contamination from abandoned industrial sites threatens salmon and everyone who relies on these fish. The most challenging and dangerous cleanup on the river is the Hanford Nuclear Site, where toxic contamination is leaching into Chinook salmon spawning habitat. Riverkeeper has also pushed for cleanups of aluminum plants, shipyards, and hazardous waste dumping sites up and down the river. Read more
Volunteers protect and restore habitat
We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty to protect the Columbia. Our volunteers plant trees and remove invasive weeds to enhance and restore important salmon habitat like the Sandy River delta and Columbia River tributaries in the Gorge. Read more
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