Events

Upcoming Events:

Fall colors in foreground, blue-green lake in the middle, mountain in the background

Mowich Lake, Mt Rainier Park by Mario Mendez


Winter Workshops: “Where are we now? Water law, tribal rights, and climate change”

When: Dec 1st, Dec 3rd, Dec 7th

Where: Virtually on Zoom

Our all day winter Continuing Legal Education workshop is being transformed into three, 2 hour afternoon workshop sessions. Whether you need your CLE credits or you just want to learn more about environmental policy, water law, and tribal interests we are going to have a great line up of speakers and topics for everyone.
Speakers TBA. Registration coming soon.

Past Events:

Celebrate Water

Sponsored by the Tulalip Tribes

Summary: CELP commemorated its 25th anniversary as a nonprofit and celebrated victories for our waters. We presented the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award to Professor Robert Anderson to honor his career as Director of the Native American Law Center, his dedication to natural resources and tribal interests. We also hosted Dr. Gary Morishima for a presentation and discussion of the Chehalis River Basin Strategy.

Due to COVID-19 we hosted the event virtually on our Facebook. You can view  recording of the event here.
With the help of our sponsors and supporters we raised $20,000 to continue our work protecting waters in Washington. Thank you!

GiveBIG

GiveBIG is hosted by 501 Commons to support Washington non-profits though an online giving campaign on May 6th. Now the need to GiveBIG is bigger than ever. Together we can make Washington a better place to live. GiveBIG partnered with #GivingTuesdayNow to add and addition day to the online event in response to COVID-19.

During the two day online giving event CELP’s goal was to raise $5,000 to continue our work protecting Washington’s waters. Our amazing supporters helped us raise almost $6,000. We are incredibly thankful for donations, especially during this time. Thank you for your commitment to our waters and our mission.

Winter Waters

CELP and Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group hosted our annual Winter Waters event at the Patsy Clark Mansion in Spokane on March 6th 2020. This year the event honored the Spokane River and it’s Flow Champions:
American Whitewater- Thomas O’Keefe
ROW Adventures- Peter Grubb
Silver Bow Fly Shop- Sean Visintainer
FLOW Adventures- Jon Wilmot
The event also launched a statewide campaign to protect a clean, flowing Spokane River, a Sierra Club initiative.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Clean & Abundant Water Lobby Day Feb. 25th 2020

The Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance coordinated our second annual Clean & Abundant Waters Lobby Day on February 25th. We met with over 46 legislators to advocate for bills that protect our waterways, salmon, and orca. Our six priority bills included the Commerical Water Bottling Bill (ESSB 6278), Reusable Bag Bill (ESSB 5323), Styrofoam Ban (E2SSB 6213), Motorized/Suction Dredge Mining Bill (ESHB 1261), Water & Energy Conservation C-PACER (E2SHB 2405), Ecology’s Drought Legislation (ESHB 1622). Attendees received hands-on advocacy training and met with like-minded community members from across the state.

Special thanks to Puget Soundkeeper Alliance for coordinating lobby day with us. Thanks to Waterkeeper Alliance groups, Columbia Riverkeeper, Spokane Riverkeeper, North Sound Baykeeper, Twin Harbors Waterkeeper, and to Trout Unlimited, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, the Lewis County Water Alliance, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and everyone else who made it to Olympia to support clean and abundant water.

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 was held on Thursday, December 5th at The Mountaineers Program Center 7700 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA 98115. The focus of the day was protecting the public interest in Washington’s water.

6 CLE Credits Approved: 5 Legal 1 Ethics

PROGRAM:
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
SPEAKERS:
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!
Read about the Event!
CELP hosts many events each calendar year.   We hope to see you at one soon!