Success Stories

Columbia Riverkeeper works with people in dozens of communities—from rural to urban—who share the same goals: Protect the health of their families and the places they love. 

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Fossil Fuel Terminal

Columbia Riverkeeper has worked with tribal nations, local businesses, strong coalitions, and our amazing members to defeat nearly every fossil fuel project on the Columbia River.

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Vancouver Oil-by-Rail

On January 29, 2018, Governor Jay Inslee rejected the largest proposed oil train terminal in the United States. This was a major victory for our climate and river communities.

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Nation’s Best Toxic Pollution Limits

Columbia Riverkeeper worked closely allies to push Oregon to adopt the nation’s most protective limits on toxic water pollution in 2011. 

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Portland Clean Energy Initiative

Columbia Riverkeeper was honored to be one of the many groups to endorse and work on the Portland Clean Energy Initiative (PCEI) in 2018.

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Restoring a Natural Area in Hood River

Columbia Riverkeeper and partners are restoring a natural area along Hood River’s rapidly developing waterfront.

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Protecting the Estuary from LNG

Twelve years of smart, creative, and persistent effort by local residents and partners defeated LNG and protected the mighty Columbia.

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10 Years of E.coli Sampling

Columbia Riverkeeper has been testing the Columbia for E. coli bacteria for over a decade. Our goal is to encourage families to enjoy our rivers safely.

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Oil Spills from Dams

Columbia Riverkeeper sued and forced eight large dams to reduce toxic oil pollution—a victory that the New York Times called “historic” and the Wall Street Journal called “groundbreaking.”

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Millennium Coal Export

Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper's Executive Director, shares memories of the coal campaign.

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Clean Water Act Enforcement

Sandvik, an international company with $82 billion in sales, discharged high levels of toxic metals, fluoride, and ammonia into the Columbia River for years from a metal fabrication plant in Kennewick, Washington.

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Hanford Nuclear Waste

Since 2000, Columbia Riverkeeper and allies have successfully blocked proposals to make Hanford a dump site for Greater Than Class C (GTCC) radioactive waste and toxic mercury.

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Waterside Oil Refinery

Waterside Energy proposed the first west coast oil refinery in 25 years and the first ever on the Columbia River.

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Kalama Fracked-Gas-to-Methanol Refinery

Columbia Riverkeeper and allies challenged and overturned an important permit for the Kalama methanol refinery in October 2017. 

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Grand Coulee Dam Oil Spills

Columbia Riverkeeper reached a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee Dam, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act.

 

Patrick Haluska collecting water quality samples.
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Science on Unregulated Pollution

Columbia Riverkeeper supports studies to understand how pollution impacts the Columbia’s fish and wildlife. By sharing our water quality data with government agencies, partnering with academic institutions, and hosting science education events, help everyone better understand the Columbia.

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Chief Joseph Dam Settlement

Columbia Riverkeeper and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reached a settlement in a lawsuit challenging illegal oil pollution from the Army Corps’ Chief Joseph Dam, located on the Columbia River.

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Setting Precedent for Transparency

This case established Supreme Court precedent that Ports cannot abuse exceptions to the Open Public Meetings Act to hold executive sessions.

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Plan to Reduce Columbia and Snake River Temperatures

Ninth Circuit ruled that Trump’s EPA violated the Clean Water Act and must make a plan to protect salmon from hot water.

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