Monthly Archives: August 2021

Washington Water Watch: August Edition

Dear friends,

As the dry, hot weather continues, we are increasing water conservation efforts, protecting streamflows, and keeping an eye on our water resources.

Drought and fire season started early, putting our water resources in dire shape. Fifty-nine percent of the state is in severe to exceptional drought. King5 reported by mid-August, Washington and Oregon had already seen more than 20 times more land burned by wildfires this year than by mid-August last year. More needs to be done to protect our waters and adapt to our changing climate.

We are also keeping an eye on COVID-19 and taking necessary precautions to keep our staff and community safe. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on our survey about attending events. We decided it was prudent to reschedule Celebrate Water. The new date is December 9th. We are hopeful circumstances will improve and we will be able to celebrate at Ivar’s Salmon House then.

CELP was greatly saddened to hear about the passing of Lorraine Loomis. Our hearts go out to her family, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and all who had the honor of knowing her.

In this issue you will find our latest comments to Ecology, our 2020 Annual Report, a tribute to Lorraine Loomis, information on water shortages in the West, Water & Fish News, and event details for Celebrate Water, the One River, Ethics Matter Conference, and AWRA-WA’s Annual Conference.

Trish Rolfe

Executive Director

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Celebrate Water 2021: Postponed

Immediate Release

In light of the delta variant spreading and with feedback from our community, Board of Directors, and staff, we decided it was prudent to reschedule Celebrate Water. The safety of our community is our first priority. We are hopeful that by postponing we will be able to gather in person at Ivar’s Salmon House in December. We cannot wait to celebrate with you on December 9th.

Celebrate Water will present the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award to retired Tribal Attorneys Sharon Haensly and Kimberly Ordon to honor their careers protecting natural resources and tribal interests. We will celebrate victories for our waters and discuss water issues.

We will be hosting our annual all day Continuing Legal Education (CLE) workshop prior to the evening Celebrate Water reception. More information on the workshops coming soon.

More about the event:

Lorraine Loomis

We are greatly saddened to hear about the passing of Lorraine Loomis. She was an incredible champion for fish and tribal rights. It is a great loss. Our hearts are with Lorraine’s family, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and all who had the honor to know her.

Seattle Times Article Lorraine Loomis, Pacific Northwest champion for salmon, dies at 81

News Release from Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Press Contact:   Chairman Steve Edwards, (360) 840-5804               


Statement from Swinomish Tribal Chairman Steve Edwards

regarding the passing of Lorraine Loomis

Swinomish Indian Reservation, Fidalgo Island, Washington – Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman Steve Edwards provided the following comment on the death today of Lorraine Loomis: “It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of our beloved elder, Lorraine Loomis. Lorraine was not only the Director of the Swinomish Fisheries program for more than forty-five years and the Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, she was also the revered matriarch of a large Swinomish family. Please join us in prayers for her family in the difficult days ahead. We will share future plans as they become available.”

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is a federally recognized Indian Tribe with more than 900 members.  Swinomish is a legal successor to aboriginal bands that were signatory to the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott.  Its 10,000 acre reservation is located 65 miles North of Seattle, Washington on Fidalgo Island.