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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.
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.Learn more about water
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 […]Read More »
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 […]Read More »