For the past several years in addition to our continued support of the Clean Water Fund, TEMPERCRAFT also gives to Friends of the Columbia Gorge
. A local nonprofit organization working to restore and preserve the largest national scenic area in the United States. A land of contrasts between rain forest and desert, sea-level passage and alpine meadows, the Columbia River Gorge was devastated by a 50,000 acre man-made fire this past summer. Home to a diverse collection of ecosystems and micro-habitats, over 800 species of plants, 200 species of birds, 44 species of fish, and the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America, the Gorge is also a place of history. Its geologic origins date to massive lava flows millions of years ago, creating the cascade mountain range, which were then carved by tremendous icy floods at the end of the last Ice Age. As a natural travel corridor, the Gorge has been inhabited by humans for well over 10,000 years.
TEMPERCRAFT continues to give to Clean Water Fund
. Based in Washington, DC, Clean Water Fund operates environmental and health protection programs serving communities in more than 15 states. Clean Water Fund's programs build on and complement those of Clean Water Action, a one million member national organization which has helped develop, pass, strengthen and defend the nation's major water and toxics laws such as the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Superfund and others, including their state-level counterparts. Since 1974, Clean Water Fund has helped people campaign successfully for cleaner and safer water, cleaner air, and protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces. Organizations and coalitions formed and assisted by Clean Water Fund have worked together to improve environmental conditions, prevent or clean up health -threatening pollution in hundreds of communities and to strengthen policies locally and nationally.