Columbia Riverkeeper's members are community leaders, volunteers, and donors who share a vision for clean water.
Imagine a fairytale where a librarian and an artist, living in a cabin in an enchanted forest, slay the evil dragon who threatens their friends and family. That is Cheryl and Ted's story; two remarkable human beings who protected river communities from multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas terminals and pipelines.
Over 500 volunteers across the Columbia Basin made our 2017 Love Your Columbia Day a huge success. We celebrated with 15 different events and collected nearly 16,000 pounds of trash along the river. This tally doesn’t even include the acres of invasive weeds we cleared or the many community barbecues, float trips, and celebrations.
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Her love affair with the group, the mission, and the “incredible human beings doing this work that so heavily impacts our local space” deepened during the LNG fights. She has remained a steadfast supporter for 20 years, dedicated to protecting the river from dirty fossil fuel projects. “I have continued to support the organization because we are all one place, one river,” said Carol. “Columbia Riverkeeper steps up to get the job done!”
“Why? It’s a mystery, isn’t it? The more I probe the Columbia, the deeper it flows and the smaller I get. What, of our place, could be more worth keeping?” -Robin Cody, Portland, OR
“No matter what type of background we come from, clean water is key to everything we hold dear, whether it’s the health of our human and natural communities or our regional economic vitality related to fishing, recreation, and tourism.” -Kate Goodnight, Hood River, OR
“Riverkeeper is a great agency with a great cause; it deserves all the support we can provide.” -Jose Maya, White Salmon, WA
“My children and their children depend on this river. Every stream I work on, every creek I cross, drains into the Columbia. Its course runs down the center of my world, and I’ll never stop trying to protect it.” -Rudy Salakory, Portland, OR
“I support and volunteer with Riverkeeper because experience has shown me that they get work done. I can’t imagine a better way to invest my time and money than to give it to knowledgeable and skilled folks who spend 24/7 protecting our river through education and action.” -Jan Zuckerman, Portland, OR
“Climate change is probably the greatest threat in history. No one does a better job fighting fossil fuel exports than Columbia Riverkeeper.” -Don Steinke, Vancouver, WA
“I was raised as my ancestors were: to cherish Mother Earth and all she provides our people and all other creatures living on and with her. I truly believe Columbia Riverkeeper is one of the most powerful allies we have to fight the good fight and protect all that is sacred.” -Cathy Sampson-Kruse, Waluulapum~Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, West Linn, OR
“I used to think that someone else would take care of the climate. But then I realized that there is no someone else—we are all going to have to do it together.” -Melanie Plaut, Portland, OR
“As a student pursuing an ecology major, protecting ancient forests is one of the many reasons why I fight to combat the climate crisis. I am proud to be a part of the activist community safeguarding our clean air, water, & soil.” -Cambria Keely, Kalama, WA
“I fight for clean water and climate change because living in the Northwest is my sense of place and that means fighting to protect all our natural resources including water, salmon, and trees.” -Paulette Lichatowich, Columbia City, OR
“I want to be able to look my three boys in their eyes and say I did everything I could on my watch. Clean water is not an option; it is a fundamental right, and obligation to all beings.” -David Roth, Hood River, OR
“I fight for clean water and our climate because environmental justice affects all of us. Educating ourselves and our younger generations, and figuring out how we can make a difference—even in small ways—is crucial.” -Dez Ramirez, Portland, OR