2021 Priorities and Legislative Session

As we move forward this year, our priorities are getting Streamflow Restoration Plans approved and getting water restoration and mitigation projects in these plans funded. We are also working to help get the adjudications of the Nooksack and Colville watersheds started and working with Ecology to restart instream flow setting for unprotected watersheds.

This legislative session, we are tracking bills, lobbying, and providing you with all the information you need to contact your representatives to urge them to protect our waters.

Water Lobby Week

When: March 1st- March 5th

Partners: RE Sources, North Sound Baykeeper, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT), Spokane Riverkeeper, Twin Harbors Waterkeeper, and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

Priority Bills:

Nooksack River adjudication funding (SB 5092 / HB 1094)

Learn more about Adjudications and why the Nooksack needs one

Reducing Plastic Pollution and Improving Recycling (SSB 5022)

Status: Feb 25 Placed on second reading by Rules Committee.

Learn more

Preventing incredibly damaging seabed mining (SB 5145)

Status: Feb 12 Passed to Rules Committee for second reading.

Learn more about seabed mining and why we need to prevent it

Water Re-use (HB 1184)

Status: Passed the House

Learn more about water reuse “greywater” and ESHB1184

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More info on bills and lobby week

Resources to learn about the legislative session:

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CELP’s Bill Tracker and Positions

HB 1117– Promoting salmon recovery through revisions to the state’s comprehensive planning framework.

CELP position: Neutral

Status: Feb 22 Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations at 9:00 AM. (Committee Materials)APP – Majority; 2nd substitute bill be substituted, do pass.(Majority Report)Minority; without recommendation. (Minority Report)Referred to Rules 2 Review.

Feb 25 Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading.

HB 1132-Concerning the protection of water supply for farming and rural economic development.

CELP position: Against

Status: Jan 20 Public hearing in the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10:00 AM. (Committee Materials)

HB 1372 Replacing the Marcus Whitman statue in the national statuary hall collection with a statue of Billy Frank Jr.

CELP Position: Support. Billy Frank Jr. was a hero for natural resources, treaty and fishing rights, tribal communities, and us all.

Status: Feb 23 Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading.

HB 1184– Concerning risk-based water quality standards for on-site nonpotable water systems.

CELP position: Support


Feb 241st substitute bill substituted (LG 21).(View 1st Substitute)Floor amendment(s) adopted.Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.Third reading, passed; yeas, 90; nays, 6; absent, 0; excused, 2. (View 1st Engrossed)(View Roll Calls)

Nooksack River by Elan Ebeling

SB 5092 / HB 1094– Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. Nooksack River adjudication funding.

CELP position: Support

Status: Jan 12 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM. (Committee Materials)

SB 5306– Concerning local salmon habitat recovery planning in critical areas.

CELP position: Support

Status: Feb 11 Executive session scheduled, but no action was taken in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks at 1:30 PM. (Committee Materials)

How to Contact your Representatives: Find and contact your legislators here.