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The Center for Environmental Law & Policy’s mission is to protect Washington State’s rivers and aquifers by advocating for science-based, sustainable water management in the legislature and courts, and with government agencies.

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Why Water Matters

Water is our most finite and precious natural resource. Yet, we are failing to protect this life-sustaining resource, and depleting our rivers and aquifers.

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We use our expertise in water law and policy to advocate for sustainable stewardship of Washington’s ground and surface waters.

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2,000 comments submitted on Dept of Ecology’s draft flow rule for the Spokane River

CELP, other river advocacy groups provide basic information missing from agency’s flow proposal On November 7, CELP and other river advocates filed nearly 2,000 comments and released Spokane River studies criticizing the Dept. of Ecology’s proposed rule for the Spokane River. The Ecology proposal would set instream flows, including summertime low flows at 850 cubic […]

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Water News – December 2014

Skagit Rule Headed to Court Again?  The Washington Realtors, Building Industry Assn and Farm Bureau petitioned Ecology on November 20, seeking repeal or amendment of the original Skagit River instream flow rule.   The original rule was replaced in 2005, but was successfully challenged by the Swinomish Indian Tribe for allocating water that would harm Skagit […]

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