Upcoming Events:

Clean & Abundant Waters Lobby Day 2020

We are partnering with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance for our inaugural Clean & Abundant Waters Lobby Day in Olympia.


When: February 25th, 2020

Meet us at 11 am

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

On this day we will be meeting with legislators to advocate for bills that protect our waterways, salmon, and orca. Receive hands-on advocacy training, meet with your legislators, and connect with like-minded advocates and members from across the state.

Register here or email our Water Policy Coordinator, Nick Manning if you are interested in being involved or want more information.

Let’s Raise our Voices for Clean & Abundant Waters!

Check out bills we are tracking and CELP’s position

Annual Winter Waters

Summary: The annual Winter Waters Celebration is jointly hosted by  Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CELP), with the awards presented by UCR Sierra Club.
The event will launch a statewide campaign to protect a clean, flowing Spokane River, a Sierra Club initiative.
Winter Waters will honor Spokane River Flow Champions:
American Whitewater- Thomas O’Keefe
ROW Adventures- Peter Grubb
Silver Bow Fly Shop- Sean Visintainer
FLOW Adventures- Jon Wilmot
When:  Friday, March 6th, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Where: Patsy Clark Mansion (2208 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA 99201)
Tickets: $40 per person or $70 for two people (purchase here)
This event wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. Thank you!
Upper Columbia United Tribes
Eymann Allison Jones Law Firm
Columbia Institute for Water Policy
Rachael & John Osborn
Linda Finney & Tom Soeldner
American Whitewater
Morton Alexander & Paige Kenney
Joyce & John Roskelley
Suzy Dix- Windermere
Allen “AT” Miller- Lukins & Annis Attorneys at Law
Kathy Dixon & Barbara Rasero
Hydropower Reform Coalition

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