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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The Seattle Human Rights Commission Stands Up for a Protective Fish Consumption Rate as Human Rights Issue!

Today the Seattle Human Rights Commission passed Resolution 14-01 calling on Washington State to Raise the Fish Consumption Rate to that of Oregon’s at 175 g/day using a risk level of 10-6 to ensure that all Washingtonians, even our highest fish consumers, are protected in the free and equal exercise of our human rights to […]

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2014 Legislative Session Overview

By Bruce Wishart, CELP’s Government Affairs Specialist The 2014 session is now well behind us and it’s time to review what progress was made on water issues in Olympia this year.  Some political observers have described the 2014 legislative session as one of the least productive sessions on record.  Strong differences between the House and […]

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