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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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Okanogan PUD Takes Steps To Explore Enloe Dam Removal

CELP and partners returned to court on Friday, April 3, to challenge a water right that could reduce water flowing in Similkameen Falls, in north central Washington, to a trickle. The Falls, located on the Similkameen River just downstream of Enloe dam, are a popular scenic attraction and have important cultural and ecological values. Okanogan […]

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Drought Declared in Washington

Governor Inslee’s recent declaration of drought in 24 of Washington’s 62 watersheds has triggered a flurry of activity.   By law, drought is declared when a region’s water supply is at 75% of normal (or worse) and this water deficit will cause “hardship” to water uses and users. Washington has experienced a fairly normal year for […]

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