Way to start out 2018 with a bang! Together, you raised a whopping $11,440 in less than two weeks to fuel the legal battle to protect Port Westward from fossil fuel and other high impact industrial development. You helped not only meet our anonymous $4,000 match, you helped us blast past our goal of $8,000 for the legal fight! Incredible. Not only did you pour hundreds of hours into testifying against this misguided proposal, rally with your neighbors wearing Farms Feed Us badges, and sway public opinion by writing letters to the editor, you made a critical court challenge possible. Thank you.
By exceeding our fundraising goal, we can bring more legal muscle to this case. The Port of St. Helens recently authorized legal fees of up to $40,000 to defend Columbia County’s Port Westward rezone. With your support, we will have the critical legal team in place to fight back. A huge thank you to our friends at Willapa Hills Audubon Society, which donated generously to protect habitat and farms at Port Westward.
And did you see the South County Spotlight’s editorial from over the holidays? Worth a read. The editorial highlights how the tide is turning for Columbia County economic development—and its time for elected officials like the Columbia County Board of Commissioners to wake up and pay attention. You are part of a powerful movement to refocus Columbia River communities on job growth and quality of life, protecting our climate, and preserving local farms over high-impact, dangerous fossil fuel developments.
Needless to say, our work is not over. Powerful interests have a target on Port Westward for high-impact fossil fuel and other industrial development. I’m excited to keep working with you and hundreds of your neighbors in Columbia County and other river communities who believe in a different future for the mighty Columbia. Happy New Year!
Senior Organizer, Columbia Riverkeeper
P.S. If you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late. Click here support critical legal challenges to the Port of St. Helens’ short-sighted attempt to convert critical salmon habitat and farms into heavy industrial terminals. (Please indicate in the box designated ‘This donation is in honor of’ that your donation is a contribution to the Port Westward Legal Fund.)
Should our ag lands be spoiled by more industrial development along the Columbia River -
home of endangered salmon species?