Washington Water Watch: July Edition

Dear Friends,

As the summer progresses, we at CELP are keeping an eye on our water resources. Our rivers and drinking aquifers are in trouble.

Parts of Washington have been experiencing drought since this spring. Now a drought emergency has been declared for the entire state, with the exception of Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma metropolitan areas. Streamflows are low and many rivers’ water temperatures are putting fish at risk. Salmon in the Columbia River are being threatened by high water temperatures. The Spokane River dropped way below its average flow for this time of year and below its legally protected summer instream flow level. Use your water wisely and help reduce water consumption to keep water in the aquifer and river.

Drought conditions have also made this fire season more difficult and intense. A state of emergency was declared due to high fire risk the beginning of July and fires have spread across the Pacific Northwest. Warmer and drier weather is predicted through the end of September. Our waters need our help. Support CELP at celp.org to help us protect, preserve, and restore our waters.

We are happy to be back in the office on a hybrid model working with our new team in person. We are enjoying working together. Our new Staff Attorney, Maggie hit the ground running with the Spokane River PCB case. Hillary, our Outreach Coordinator has also been off to a great start participating in groups and coalitions on water issues across the state.

CELP was saddened to learn Jan Sharar passed away. Jan was a strong water advocate and will be greatly missed. Our sincerest condolences go out to her loved ones.

In this issue you will find an introduction of CELP’s new Staff Attorney, an update on the Spokane River PCB case, information on the emergency drought and CELP’s statement, water conservation tips, a story on drought in the West, a tribute to Jan Sharar, water and fish news, Celebrate Water information and tickets, and a save the date for the 8th One River, Ethics Matter conference.

Sincerely,
Trish Rolfe

Executive Director

trolfe@celp.org

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