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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               

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 10, 2021

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.

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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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CELP’s New Staff Attorney

Press Release

June 29th, 2021

We are delighted to introduce CELP’s new Staff Attorney Maggie Franquemont. Maggie started with CELP on June 21st, 2021 and is taking over Dan Von Seggern’s position as our Staff Attorney.

Maggie has been passionate about water conservation since she was a small child growing up on Colorado’s Front Range. She took a circuitous path to Washington through Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon earning her B.S. in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State University, working for Yellowstone and Mount Rainier National Parks, and earning her J.D. from University of Oregon along the way. Maggie has focused her legal career on Environmental & Natural Resource Law as well as Ocean & Coastal Law. She is passionate about everything water and is thrilled to be working with CELP to protect Washington’s water resources. She is an avid skier, paddler, and rock climber and also spends time backpacking, painting, and sewing. Her favorite river in Washington is whichever one she is headed to next, and her favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus.

You can reach her at MFranquemont@Celp.org


Introduction: Water Policy & Outreach Coordinator

Press Release June 7th, 2021

We are thrilled to introduce Hillary Jasper Rose as our new Water Policy & Outreach Coordinator!

Hillary is a graduate of Vermont Law’s Masters of Environmental Law and Policy program. She has worked in community outreach and advocacy in recent years, including work with Seattle City Council, Seattle Public Utilities, local nonprofit organizations, and grassroots movements. She holds a passion for public trust and equitable access to resources. She strives to educate and engage communities across the state, sharing information, legislation, and opportunities for individual involvement in environmental sustainability. Hillary has traveled and lived all over the world, but she is delighted to call this beautiful state her home.

You can reach out to her at HJRose@Celp.org


Employment Opportunity: Staff Attorney

UPDATE JUNE 3, 20201: POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) is seeking candidates for a full-time Staff Attorney position in Seattle, WA. The Center for Environmental Law & Policy is a statewide organization whose mission is to protect, preserve and restore Washington’s waters through education, policy reform, agency advocacy, and public interest litigation.

Applicant must have at least two years of environmental law experience, including familiarity with Washington water resource and administrative law. Litigation, legislative and/or public outreach experiences a plus. Demonstrated skills must include: excellent writing and analytical skills, strong legal research skills, familiarity with water resource science principles and methods, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with staff and volunteers, and commitment to the public interest.   

Under the direction of the Executive Director, duties include but not limited to the following: 

  • Agency Advocacy: Represent CELP in public meetings, review and comment on draft rules, policies, reports, and permits, draft and edit comments for coalition groups, and advise ED and Board on course of action regarding agency decisions.
  • Policy and Legislative Work: Analyze pending or potential legislation and advise CELP’s lobbyist and staff on potential impacts. Work with CELP’s lobbyist and Legislative Committee to develop responsive strategies, including and drafting amendments or alternative legislation. Coordinate with tribal, federal, state, and local government organizations and non-governmental organizations regarding legislative issues.
  • Public Interest Litigation:  Coordinate with CELP volunteer attorneys and co-plaintiffs, including representation of co-plaintiffs when appropriate, on all litigation matters.  Duties may include brief writing, discovery processes, representation at hearings and oral arguments.  File and review public records requests.  Staff the CELP Litigation Committee, track and coordinate CELP participation in litigation, and provide reports to ED and the CELP Board. Coordinate with other public interest water and environmental litigation law firms and organizations.
  • Public Outreach: Draft and edit press releases, website and opinion pieces related to CELP’s legal and policy work. Research and draft white papers on policy issues.  Present on CELP’s substantive work at CLEs, conferences and other public forums. 
  • Continuing Legal Education: Organize and conduct CELP’s public CLE activities, including identifying pertinent topics, recruiting speakers, and hosting events.

Requirements:

Juris Doctor Degree and at least two years of relevant environmental law experience.

Candidate must be a member of the Washington Bar or a member in a state where there is reciprocity.

E-mail cover letter, resume, writing sample (not more than 10 pages), transcript, and references to Trish Rolfe, jobs@celp.org.  Salary is $45,000 – $48,000 DOE plus generous leave policy, health benefits and retirement. CELP will also pay attorney’s Washington Bar dues. The position is available immediately and will be filled as soon as possible.

CELP is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation. CELP encourages Women, BIPOC and LGBTQ applicants to apply.


Help CELP protect our Waters with GiveBIG

A picture of a river with large rocks, tress on the side and mountain in the background. Two kids each sitting on a rock in the river.

Our rivers, streams, and drinking aquifers need help.

GiveBIG is Washington’s online day of giving to support our state’s nonprofit organizations. This year GiveBIG takes place on May 4th-5th and early giving opens today, April 20th. You can make a GiveBIG gift now through May 5th.

HELP US REACH OUR $5,000 GOAL

A generous supporter is challenging us to raise $5,000 to match their $5,000 donation. Help us protect our waters now and for future generations.

As a small nonprofit, every donation is critical to continuing our work. Your gift, in any amount, is priceless. You can protect our waters now, for fish, and for future generations.

BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER

Together we can make Washington better for us all. Help CELP achieve our vision of a Washington state with adequate and sustainable water supplies to support healthy ecosystems, thriving fish and wildlife, and robust communities.

Post about your gift on social media and encourage your friends to participate in GiveBIG. Connect with other donors using the hashtags #GiveBIG and #CELPwater

Help us fundraise by creating your own fundraising page to support CELP. More info. Any questions, email Kayla Magers development@celp.org.


Employment Opportunity: Water Policy Outreach Coordinator

UPDATE POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED

CELP is hiring a Water Policy Outreach Coordinator.

Water Policy Outreach Coordinator

Part-time: 20 hours per week

Water Policy Outreach Coordinator will work closely with CELP’s ED, Staff Attorney, Government Affairs Specialist and Board to build public support to accomplish program goals by coordinating community engagement to influence water policy change.

Duties include the following:

Works with the director to devise and recommend a plan and strategy for organizing and engaging volunteers and community allies.

Identifies recruits and organizes volunteers

Develops and implements a variety of engagement strategies including on-line and face-to-face to develop networks to support CELP goals.

Maintains and develops new partnerships with affinity groups who share many common goals and values. 

Develop relationships with community leaders, tribes, other organizations and officials who can influence water policy change.

Plan and implement community outreach events to generate public support with agency decision makers and in the media.

Identifies and is responsible for developing strong relationships with key people of influence including community leaders and public officials to influence positive campaign or program outcomes.

Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager and campaign or program leads to ensure progress towards mission and goals.

Performs administrative and clerical duties as assigned by supervisor.

Performs miscellaneous duties as directed.

Requirements, Knowledge & Skills:

  • 4-year degree preferred.
  • At least 1-year experience working with volunteers in the environmental movement, political campaigns, or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns.
  • Basic knowledge of current environmental issues affecting Washington.  
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. 
  • Demonstrated skill in writing and producing newsletters.
  • On-line organizing experience is a plus.
  • Passion for the environment and a belief in the power of community organizing and policy advocacy.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to clearly articulate ideas and easily strike up conversation with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively in action-oriented office.
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with public, staff and volunteers. Strong ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships.
  • Ability to be flexible and responsive in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to think strategically and plan programs and campaigns and to collaborate effectively with others
  • Access to reliable transportation and willingness to accommodate community-based scheduling needs (i.e. meetings held in the evenings and on weekends at offsite locations)
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, social networking sites, and database software.

The CELP office is in Seattle, however current COVID restrictions will require most work to be done remotely. Once restrictions are lifted a large portion of the job will be traveling around the state to relevant communities and locations.

$16.75 – $17 per hour plus accrued vacation and sick leave. Travel allowance and transit benefit available. 

E-mail cover letter, resume, and references to Trish Rolfe, trolfe@celp.org by May 15, 2021. Please, no phone inquiries.

CELP is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of differences based on culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation. CELP encourages BIPOC and LGBTQ applicants to apply.


Washington Water Watch: Jan. & Feb. Edition

February 16th 2021 

Happy New Year! We are starting the new year with a new administration, and with it hope for federal progress on clean and abundant water, strengthening tribal treaty rights, and modernizing the Columbia River Treaty.  

Photo of a winding road through snow and trees taken from an aerial view.

Here at home, we started the year with an atmospheric river soaking the pacific northwest. Seattle had the wettest start to the year in history. Olympia and Hoquiam also broke rainfall records in the first few days of the year. Now in February, snowstorms have moved across the state blanketing Seattle and the Puget Sound area. Snowpack in the Olympics and Cascades are at normal or slightly above normal levels. This is all good news for our stream flows for now. 

Everyone at CELP wants to say a big THANK YOU to all of our supporters. We know 2020 was a difficult year for many people, organizations and businesses and we are immensely grateful for your donations, time, ideas, and dedication to protecting our waters. With your support, we were able to face challenges head on and continue our work protecting our waters. We look forward to what we will accomplish this year together.

In this issue you’ll find introductions of our new board members and changes in board leadership, information on the 2021 legislative session and the bills we are tracking, salmon in the news, Rachael Osborn’s paper reflecting on the Water Resources Act of 1971, a call for applications for our 2021 legal internship, and congratulations to our 2020 Water Hero honoree and longtime friend Bob Anderson. 

We are hopeful for the future. 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. These are big plans, but with your continued support we can make great strides to achieve them. 


Sincerely,

Trish Rolfe

Executive Director

trolfe@celp.org

Read the full newsletter here: https://conta.cc/3qstIii


Nooksack River Adjudication

What is an adjudication?

Sustainable management decisions about water, a precious shared resource, cannot be made without a baseline knowledge of water rights in a basin. Under Washington law, only a court can make a final determination of which water rights are valid. Adjudication is a court proceeding where the judge examines all water use in a river basin, and determines the extent and validity of water rights in that basin.

Why adjudicate the Nooksack?

The Nooksack is an important river system that supports native runs of wild chum, chinook, coho, and pink salmon, as well as other salmonids including bull trout and steelhead. Protecting the river, its salmon runs, and Tribal fishing rights requires that streamflows be protected. Like other rivers in Washington, diversions of water from the Nooksack threaten habitat for salmon. The Nooksack also appears to suffer more than many other rivers from illegal, unpermitted diversions of water.  By adjudicating water rights in the basin, the state can determine how much water is being legally used as well as gaining control of unpermitted (and illegal) diversions of water.

The Tribes with reserved fishing rights in WRIA 1 (the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe) have requested action by the Federal Government to judicially determine their reserved water rights, including water for instream flows to protect their rights to fish and in turn the habitat on which those rights depend.

What is CELP doing on this issue?

We urged the Department of Ecology to select the Nooksack River basin (WRIA 1) as the next Washington basin to be adjudicated. You can read our full letter here.

CELP is now supporting funding in the legislature (SB 5092 / HB 1094) to start the adjudication process for the Nooksack River basin. Find more on this year’s remote legislative session and the bills we are tracking here.


CELP Summer Internship

We are now accepting applications for a Summer 2021 Legal Intern. This position is located in CELP’s Seattle Office. Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, we anticipate that the intern will be working remotely for at least the first part and likely all of the summer.

We seek a legal intern with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues to work on projects aimed at establishing protected instream flows.  Qualified candidates will have completed their 2L year by Spring 2020 and taken an environmental law course.  Coursework or clinical experience in administrative law is preferred. Exact internship dates are flexible depending on academic schedules, but generally run from June – August and last 10 weeks. Please email a CV, a writing sample, and references to Dan Von Seggern, Staff Attorney  at dvonseggern@celp.org 

Deadline for applications is March 15th.