Water Law & the Public Trust: Living Within Our Water Means

Join CELP for Our 5th Annual Continuing Legal Education Event on Thursday, December 3rd

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The Center for Environmental Law & Policy is a statewide organization whose mission is to protect, preserve and restore Washington’s waters through education, policy reform, agency advocacy, and public interest litigation.

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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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Is draining the Alpine Lakes the only way to provide water for the City of Leavenworth?

CELP Is Looking For A Development & Outreach Coordinator!

Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP), is seeking candidates for a Part-time Development and Outreach Coordinator position in Seattle, WA. CELP is a Washington State based non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our rivers, streams, and drinking water aquifers through agency advocacy, legislative reform, litigation, and public education. Applicant should have at least […]

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Profile of Melissa Bates – CELP Supporter and Volunteer

Melissa Bates is co-founder of Aqua Permanenté, a citizens group that works to protect water resources in the Kittitas Valley and statewide. In 2008, Aqua Permanenté petitioned the Department of Ecology to close the Upper Kittitas Valley to all new groundwater withdrawals, including permit-exempt wells. In 2011, that closure became reality, when the state adopted […]

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