Celebrate Water 2021


Presenting Sponsor The Tulalip Tribes

We are excited to be hosting this year’s Celebrate Water at Ivar’s Salmon House and cannot wait to celebrate with you in person. Every year we host Celebrate Water to honor a local water hero, reflect on victories for our waters, and raise funds to continue protecting waters in Washington. This year we will be honoring retired tribal attorneys, Sharon Haensly and Kimberly Ordon, with the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award for their careers protecting natural resources and tribal interests.

We will be hosting our annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) winter workshop as a virtual series with three 2-hour sessions covering municipal water law. The three sessions include, Municipal Water Law Overview & Compromises, Municipalities and their Inchoate Rights, and Municipal Water Use Efficiency & Conservation. More info and tickets here.

COVID-19: Proof of vaccination will be required to attend. CELP has made the decision to postpone Celebrate Water to December 9th. Safety is our priority, and with the Delta variant spreading, we took feedback from our community and decided it was prudent to reschedule our event. We are hopeful that by postponing, we will be able to gather in person at Ivar’s Salmon House in December.

When: December 9th, 2021

Reception: 4:00pm- 7:00pm

Where: Ivar’s Salmon House

Honorees: Sharon Haensly and Kimberly Ordon


Reception: $55

CLE: TBA Tickets coming soon

Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Honorees

Sharon Haensly

Sharon has practiced law since 1988. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University (1981), and a law degree from the University of Oregon (1988). She has been a staff attorney with the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Legal Department since 2009. Before that, Sharon was a staff attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and worked at several Seattle law firms that represent Indian tribes.

Kimberly Ordon (KO)

Kimberly Ordon is a graduate of the University of Colorado (BA 1976; MA 1980) and of Lewis & Clark Law School (JD 1985).  Kimberly started her legal career representing tribes at the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services in Portland, Oregon. In 1986 she received a Reginald Heber Smith (Reggie) Fellowship through Howard University to continue her work with tribes.  While working with the Klamath Tribe, Kimberly began her career-long advocacy for tribal fishing rights.  At the end of her Fellowship, she was invited by the Tulalip Tribes to continue the battle to protect salmon and their habitat. Kimberly happily served as an attorney for the Tulalip Tribes for over 30 years—the Best Job Ever—with great leadership and colleagues.


Our sponsors help make this event and our work possible. Thank you!

If you would like to sponsor Celebrate Water please reach out to Kayla Magers at development@celp.org

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