Engaging Communities

We empower people to care for the Columbia.

Take the leap with us.

What gets your heart pounding?

The thrill of catching a salmon? Whacking an invasive plant to smithereens? Diving into the river on a summer afternoon? Restoring an old industrial site into a natural area? Our work to empower communities taps into your values—your drive to make a difference, gain knowledge, and connect.


Is it safe to swim?
Riverkeeper staff and volunteers monitor water quality for bacteria at popular recreation sites along the Columbia River. Check the Swim Guide app for results and learn more about our monitoring program.


Coming to a beach near you
Want to get dirty for a good cause? Join a Riverkeeper-hosted cleanup in your community. Sign up for Riverkeeper’s monthly e-news for updates on river cleanups near you.


Nichols Natural Area
We have a rare opportunity to restore a natural area along Hood River’s rapidly developing waterfront. Riverkeeper holds a conservation easement to protect nearly three acres of riverfront habitat. This abandoned industrial site can once again team with life and serve as a living laboratory for local schools.


"Conoce tu Columbia" radio show
¿Hablas Español? Tune in to our bilingual radio show produced by Riverkeeper's Community Organizer, Ubaldo Hernández. The show features inspiring stories from the environmental and social justice movements along the Columbia River and information about getting involved.


Knowledge is power
We host inspiring, informative events, present to school groups, and shout from the mountain tops. Check out upcoming events in your community.


Jump in
Clean water is a right, and all people deserve the opportunity to swim and fish without fear of getting sick. Our water quality monitoring data doesn’t gather dust on a shelf. Check out the Swim Guide app to learn the latest on bacteria pollution at popular Columbia recreation sites.

Our Work

Legal advocacy and community organizing stop pollution, fight fossil fuels, save salmon, engage communities, and clean up Hanford.