CELP is Washington’s Water Watchdog 

CELP brings its water law expertise and passion to help citizen groups and tribes throughout Washington to protect their rivers, streams and aquifers.   From what we learn from people working on the front lines, river by river, aquifer by aquifer, we advocate for science based, sustainable water management in the legislature, in the courts and with government agencies.   Kayaking Hanford Reach, Columbia River.


CELP Published in UW Law Review

CELP staff attorney Rachael Paschal Osborn recently published an article on the Columbia River Treaty and Climate Change in the University of Washington Law School’s Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy.   Read the full article here.


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CELP’s Celebrate Water!  Reception and CLE
July 9 - Ivar’s Salmon House, N. Lake Union, Seattle

We are very happy to announce the addition of a 1 hour CLE to our celebration:  ‘The culvert case: The history, the biology, the injunction and Judge Martinez's decision, and now the appeal.’ CLE from 4:00- 5:00pm  presented by John Sledd of Kanji & Katzen and Larry Wasserman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.  

Reception from 5:30- 7:30pm honoring the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community with CELP's Ralph Johnson Award for leadership in protecting the Skagit River and instream flows throughout Washington.  event information

 Chairman Brian Cladoosby - Swinomish Indian Tribal Community 
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CELP’s 2011 Annual Report
We are pleased to publish our 2011 Annual Report.  
Read online or download the PDF here.

CELP and other river advocates sue to keep water in the Similkameen River and Coyote Falls.   

Okanogan PUD wants to begin generating power from the long-dormant 100 year old Enloe dam, reducing the river, a major tributary to the Columbia, into a mere trickle.  Regrettably, the Department of Ecology certified this ill-devised plan, violating its duty to protect aesthetic flows and recreation for the public.  Trial is set for mid-April 2013 before the Pollution Control Hearings Board.