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Washington Water Watch May 2023
LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The warm weather has finally come to Western Washington, but instead of joy, CELP’s board and staff are saddened by the loss of water hero Professor Bill Rodgers, on the heels of losing water and salmon advocate John Hollowed. Both men left big shoes to fill, and we all will need to step up and do more to protect and restore our rivers and the salmon that rely on healthy flowing rivers in their absence.
The Legislative session has ended, and we are pleased with the outcome – see our update below.
More still needs to be done to make Washington’s water resource laws and policies more equitable and more sustainable in light of the impacts from climate change. We can’t do it alone.
CELP relies on donations from our supporters to continue this important work. Your donation will help CELP work to protect and restore our state’s waters for fish and the communities that rely on them.
You can support our work by participating in GiveBig2023, or by donating today on our website at WWW.CELP.org/donate. All gifts made through the end of May will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5000. Don’t miss out on the chance to double your impact!
Trish Rolfe, Executive Director
An absolutely fearless supporter of tribal rights, and a world class environmental advocate for both land and water protection and restoration, John Hollowed, passed away on February 21, 2023.
A key example of his extraordinary service reached the United States Supreme Court in 2018 when the high court affirmed a decision made by the Ninth Circuit on the U.S. v. Washington Decision known as the Culvert Case. It was John’s vision and research that made that happen and will lead to enduring environmental protections for generations to come.
CELP’s board and staff are saddened by the passing of another Water Hero, Professor Bill Rodgers, and extend our condolences to all his family and friends.
Recognized as a founder and one of the leading figures in U.S.Environmental Law, Professor Rodgers’ work shaped the landscape that has allowed CELP to do our work. As an eyewitness to history, he participated in writing the nation’s environmental laws that ushered in the “environmental revolution” of the 1960’s and 70’s.
The 2023 Legislative Session is now over, and CELP is pleased with the results. Our priorities focused on supporting two bills, HB 1138 & SB 5094, which focused on building water resiliency into our current water management systems, and on stopping the bills like SB 5517, which would have allowed impairment of stream flows.
ECOLOGY RELEASES DRAFT PROPOSAL FOR REBUILDING EIGHTMILE DAM
The draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Eightmile Dam Rebuild and Restoration project has been released and is available for public comment from April 19 through June 5, 2023.
We are concerned about the impact and potential new out-of-stream water use. We will be making comments and encourage you to do so as well. See our page, “Public Comments” for more about the process and what makes effective comments.
SAVE THE DATE
We’re already getting excited about our annual Celebrate Waters! event on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Ivar’s Salmon House. We’ll be enjoying appetizers and drinks, celebrating this year’s Water Hero award winner, listening to a fabulous special guest, and more! You won’t want to miss it – stay tuned for more info!
We rely on our memberships to supply funds to help us act decisively and to provide strength to our voice as we work with agencies, government bodies, and leadership to create stronger water management policies.
We need you! Today is the start of GiveBig – the perfect day to show your support for water by giving during Washington’s annual days of giving, GiveBig. And if we meet our goal in the next 32 hours, your funds even go further with a $5000 match!
Click here or go to our webpage, www.celp.org to make the gift of abundant water to future generations today.
40. Washington Water Watch May 2023