Target: Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon
Goal: Force dams along the Columbia River to reduce pollution.
The Columbia River will now be protected from oil pollution thanks to a lawsuit recently won by environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper. This lawsuit requires the owners of the dam to now use eco-friendly oils, or install machinery that doesn’t require oil, in an effort to reduce pollution. This came after it was realized the leaking oil from machinery can easily get into the river system and have devastating effects on an already threatened ecosystem. This is a step in the right direction, however there is still much work to be done in preventing all pollution from entering the Columbia River.
Although the lawsuit has been won, the operations at the dam will continue until studies are done on how realistic using these eco-friendly lubricants are. So unfortunately, until further notice, the oil from the machinery in the dam will continue to leak toxic substances into the Columbia River. The salmon in the river have been threatened for years, and for the people who have relied on those salmon for centuries, lives are already at stake.
Multiple dams, in addition to the Grand Coulee Dam, threaten this river and its inhabitants. More dams must be forced to remedy operations as to not threaten the habitat along the Columbia River, and all over the world. Two dams have realized this need to reduce pollution in the Columbia and they hope that others will continue in their footsteps. Sign this petition to ensure that these dams are forced to reform operations more quickly.
Dear Governor Brown,
For a long time, the Columbia River and its salmon have been threatened by dams. Recently, Columbia Riverkeeper won a lawsuit against the Grand Coulee Dam, forcing them to switch to eco-friendly lubricants for the machines or install new machinery all together. This was decided after it was found that the machinery was leaking toxic oil into the river.
With Portland’s recent certification of being a Salmon Safe city, it seems counterproductive to continue to the allow the operations of these dams along the Columbia, to threaten the all-too-important salmon in the area. Our state government already puts resources towards saving salmon populations. Why shoot yourself in the foot with dams leaking oil into the river?
Use your power to force these dams to change how they operate and ensure that the lives of salmon and those who rely on them are protected.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service