Water Rights
and the Public Interest


CELP Water Programs

  1.   Restoring Rivers

  2.   Water Rights

  3.   Columbia Watershed

  4.   Governmental Affairs

  5.   Water Future

1900 Water Right Claim. Antiquated claims such as this is one reason that we are unable to properly manage water in the Columbia River watershed. 

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The flip side of advocating to protect water in rivers is to ensure that decisions to allocate water out of stream are made responsibly and with full protection for environmental values. 

CELP promotes the development and use of tools for good water management, including measuring water use, implementation of water conservation, use of reclaimed water, monitoring trends and conditions in surface and ground water resources, and limits on the use of “exempt” wells.