Washington's Drought

Putting Streams and Fish in Peril

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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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How We Work

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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July Edition of Washington Water Watch is Here!

Check out our July edition of Washington Water Watch!  In this issue you will find an article discussing why CELP has resigned from the Icicle Work Group, a profile of one of our board members, John Roskelley, an announcement that CELP has sent a 60-day Notice of Intent to sue to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) […]

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Eightmile Lake nonfunctioning dam Sept 15 2013 by Karl Forsgaard

New Participation Requirements by State’s Icicle Work Group Ends Collaboration, Prompts CELP to Resign

CELP resigned from the Washington State Department of Ecology -sponsored Icicle Work Group (IWG) on July 20th because of changes in its operating procedures that essentially eliminate the ability of CELP and other non-profits to meaningfully participate in this public process. The new rules include changes to the decision making process  from consensus to majority […]

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