CELP is Washington's Water Watchdog

Every donation helps CELP protect clean, flowing water for people and wildlife.


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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Spokane River Gets Its Day In Court

By Rachael Paschal Osborn, CELP Senior Policy Advisor “This is the worst PCB contamination problem of any river in the state.” With these opening words, on Monday July 21 expert Clean Water Act attorney, Richard Smith of Smith & Lowney, argued to federal Judge Barbara J. Rothstein that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed […]

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CELP Seeking New Executive Director

CELP is currently seeking an Executive Director/Administrator (EDA). The EDA will focus on fundraising and management, coordinating closely with CELP’s board, policy advisors, lobbyist, and volunteer attorneys and scientists who actively work on key water issues through the Legislature, the courts, and federal/state/local agencies. The EDA must have the ability to manage multiple activities and “think […]

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