About the River
Home to about 10 million people, the Columbia is the largest river in North America emptying into the Pacific. Including parts of British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming, it is a landscape of superlatives, and contrasts: from estuaries to mountaintops, coastal temperate rainforests to inland deserts; one of the most productive salmon rivers on Earth became the most hydroelectrically engineered river system on Earth became the most expensive ecological recovery project in US history; host to the most designated Wilderness in the U.S. outside Alaska (central Idaho) and the most contaminated nuclear site in the country (Hanford, WA). It has been made and re-made by tectonics and volcanics, ice ages and giant floods, dams and... now?
Today, it is our responsibility and opportunity to re-imagine our relationship to the Columbia. A combination of the unequivocal absence of progress towards salmon recovery and the urgent need to upgrade our electrical grid offers an unprecedented opportunity to compare past promises, present realities, and future alternatives along the Columbia.
About This Project
Columbia Rediviva is an intentional dis-organization, an advocacy to match the intended transformation for salmon and electricity - from centralized to distributed, from bureaucratic to creative. We are a coordinated network of citizen activists - energy experts and river guides, writers, and filmmakers, biologists and farmers inspired by a vision of renewed abundance within the watershed. Join us!
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