Here is my water action man, Brett VandenHeuvel, a 36 year young environmental activist living in the Columbia River valley of Oregon. Brett heads up the Columbia Riverkeeper organization, an environmental watchdog for the very important Columbia River watershed. Here are some comments from people and organizations with which Brett has worked or is now working.
“It’s just amazing the breadth of things they’re taking on,” said Marc Auerbach, the chairman of the Northwest Property Rights Coalition, a citizens group that helped Riverkeeper fight the Bradwood LNG terminal.
“They’re definitely making a mark,” said Sally Toteff, a regional director for the Washington Department of Ecology, which has worked with Riverkeeper when considering industrial proposals and policy questions.
“What I appreciate about Brett is you always know where he’s coming from,” Toteff added. “He’s direct. He’s honest. The conversations aren’t always easy ones to have. There can be disagreement or criticism.”