Upcoming Events:

Clean & Abundant Waters Lobby Day 2020

We are partnering with Waterkeepers Washington (Puget Soundkeeper, North Sound Baykeeper, Spokane Riverkeeper, Twin Harbors Waterkeeper, and Columbia Riverkeeper) for our inaugural Clean & Abundant Waters Lobby Day in Olympia.


Due to winter conditions, we decided to cancel our January 15th, 2020 lobby day and reschedule. We want everyone to stay safe and we want everyone who is as passionate about clean and abundant water as we are to be able to attend. Keep an eye out for updates.

Where:  The United Churches of Olympia 110 11th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Let’s Raise our Voices for Clean & Abundant Waters!
Plastic Bag Ban (SB 5323 / HB 1205)
Motorized/Suction Dredge Mining Ban (SB 5322 / HB 1261)
Copper Antifouling Paint Ban
Water & Energy Conservation (HB 1796)
Ecology Drought Legislation (HB 1622 / SB 5675)

Spokane River. John Osborn

Save the Date: Annual Winter Waters

Hosted by CELP and Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group at Patsy Clark Mansion (2208 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA 99201) on March 6th, 2020.

Details TBA

June Celebrate Water and CLE 2020

Date and details TBA

Past Events:

December 5 2019- Winter Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Protecting the Public Interest in Washington’s Water

CELP’s annual full-day winter Continuing Legal Education workshop will be held on Thursday, December 5th at The Mountaineers Program Center 7700 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA 98115. The focus of the day will be protecting the public interest in Washington’s water.

6 CLE Credits Approved: 5 Legal 1 Ethics

Making the Best Use of Our Water Resources
Protecting Water in Troubled Times
Reclaimed Water- Possibilities and Roadblocks
The Fight Against Water Bottling
Ethics Hour
Suzanne Skinner, Washington Water Trust
Ted Howard, Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Adam Domanski, EcoNW
Sanne Knudsen, University of Washington Law School
Andrew Hawley, Western Environmental Law Center
Jacque Klug, King County
Jason Hatch, Washington Water Trust
Wendy Steffensen, LOTT
Courtney Johnson, CRAG Law Center
Julia DeGraw, community activist
Russ Mead, Lewis & Clark University Law School

May 30-31 2019 – One River: Ethics Matter Conference

The sixth annual “One River, Ethics Matter” conference held in Castlegar BC, at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers – and a confluence of history and ethics.

Today we face the challenges of climate change, including glacial melt, increased fire activity, and warming river-reservoir temperatures lethal to fish. The 2019 One River, Ethics Matter conference explored remedial options through respectful dialogue and further public education specifically regarding the Columbia River Treaty by the following considerations:  (1) adding a third Treaty purpose co-equal to existing Treaty purposes of hydropower and flood control, and (2) new approaches to ethical governance of the river that strengthen river and community resiliency, restore salmon and other fisheries, and right historic wrongs done to the Upper Columbia River region, indigenous peoples, and other citizens of the watershed.

June 20th – Celebrate Waters

Center for Environmental Law & Policy’s (CELP) annual fundraising event, Celebrate Water Thursday, June 20th! Thanks Ivar’s Salmon House for the event space.
We commemorated another successful year of CELP’s work advocating for Washington’s rivers and streams. We presented Larry Wasserman with the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award for his activism which ultimately secured improved protections and management of our state’s water resources. We hosted a silent auction featuring great items and gift certificates from Patagonia, the Mariners, and more!
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CELP hosts many events each calendar year.   We hope to see you at one soon!