Washington Water Watch 
March & April 2020

In This Issue
Legislative Wrap up
Winter Waters Recap
25th Anniversary
Water Stories
Keep Our Rivers Flowing!
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Upcoming Events
April 15th early giving begins.
May 5th & 6th online giving event.

Celebrate Water
Sept. 17th at Ivar's Salmon House
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Highlighting our Supporters
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Letter from the Executive Director

Photo by Arianna Signorini

Dear friends of CELP,

We wanted to check in with you. We hope you are staying safe and healthy. All of us at CELP are happy to connect with you during this time. We are fortunate to be working from home and would love to find ways to talk with our supporters, share ideas, and interact with our community.

We are facing an unprecedented situation with the  COVID-19 outbreak. We have all been impacted and we understand that it is a difficult time for everyone.  Our priority is the safety of our staff, their families, and our community. We are navigating the situation to the best of our ability and continue to work to protect, preserve, and restore Washington's waters now and for future generations. 

CELP continues to do this work because our water resources also face tremendous challenges. The impacts from Climate Change and increased development have impaired our rivers and  streams , and the fish and wildlife that depend on them. 

We understand it is a stressful time for everyone. If you have the capacity to renew your membership or make a donation we greatly appreciate your contribution. Above all we want to stay connected to you, our community, and our common goal of protecting our waters.  Our hard work would not be possible without you. Y ou can use our secure website, www.celp.org, to support CELP's work.

We also want to encourage you to support your local businesses and restaurants, front line workers, other nonprofits, and each other during this difficult time. Together we are stronger.

In this issue you will find  a wrap up of the legislative session, a recap of Winter Waters, and information on GiveBIG Washington, our 25th anniversary, Celebrate Water's new date, and water stories. 
Trish Rolfe
Executive Director

Appreciating Nature 

Issaquah by Kayla Magers
We wish everyone safety, health, and wellness. Take care of yourselves. It is healthy to get fresh air and go for a walk. Please practice social distancing when getting outside.  The recommendation is to stay local and to get outside in your own back yard. We encourage everyone to stay home and find creative ways to enjoy nature. 

See Washington Trails Association's tips  here . They also share tips for turning your neighborhood stroll into an adventure here.
Check out Nature Conservancy Washington's twitter for calming videos of landscapes from across the state here.

Legislative Wrap Up

This legislative session, although short, was a big one for water.  We urged our legislators to adopt sound and sustainable policies to better manage and protect our water resources. 

Four of our Clean & Abundant Waters lobby day priority bills passed both chambers and have been signed into law by Governor Inslee.

1. Suction Dredge Mining Ban  (ESHB 1261 )
2.  Drought Preparedness and Response  (ESHB 1622
3.  Water & Energy Conservation C-PACER (E2SHB 2405
4.  Reusable Bag Bill (ESSB 5323

Not all of the bills we supported passed and we'll be back next year. There's still more work to do. We will continue to advocate for healthy rivers and streams, work with Native American Tribes to honor and support their treaty water rights, and work with agencies and lawmakers to protect Washington's waters.

Winter Waters Recap
Alongside the Upper Columbia River Group of Sierra Club, we hosted the annual Winter Waters event on March 6th at the beautiful Patsy Clark Mansion in Spokane.  This year we honored the Spokane River and its Flow Champions.  UCR presented Tom O'Keefe (American Whitewater), Sean Visintainer (Silver Bow Fly Shop), Jon Wilmot (FLOW Adventures), and Peter Grubb (ROW Adventures) with the River Flow Champion award for their advocacy for the Spokane River. Read More.
Tom, Sean, Jon, Peter
With everyone's support we raised over $5,500 for CELP and the Upper Columbia River Group of Sierra Club. Thank you to all of our sponsors and to everyone who joined us for a wonderful evening.

Save the Date: GiveBIG May 5th-6th
Summary:  GiveBIG is hosted by 501 Commons to support Washington non-profits through an online giving campaign. Now the need to GiveBIG is bigger than ever and together we can make Washington a better place to live.
GiveBIG has become an official community campaign of #GivingTuesdayNow.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5th, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. GiveBIG Washington has teamed up with #GivingTuesdayNow to add May 5th to Washington's GiveBIG May 6th online giving event for 48 hours of giving.

When: May 5th and 6th 

Early giving starts on April 15th: Early giving allows you to schedule your donation before the 48 hour window May 5th- 6th. Early giving ensures you have the opportunity to donate when it is convenient and top of mind.

Keep an eye out for more information once early giving begins on ways you can support the protection of Washington's waters.

CELP's 25th Anniversary
CELP became an independent nonprofit in 1995. This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary and another successful year protecting Washington's waters.  This momentous year will culminate in gathering together at our annual Celebrate Water event,   now being hosted on September 17th. At that time, we will honor Professor Bob Anderson with the Ralph Johnson Water Hero Award. We look forward to seeing you all in person. 

Read our story and see 25 years of victories and water heroes here.

Celebrate Water's New Date:  September 17th, 2020
Summary:  Honoring Professor Bob Anderson, Professor of Law and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington. Celebrating our 25th Anniversary and victories for Washington's waters.
When:  Thursday Sept. 17th
Reception 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Continuing Legal Education workshop 4 pm- 5 pm

Water Stories
Our Communications & Development Coordinator, Kayla, wants to hear why water is important to you. What is your favorite watershed? Do you have a water story you would like to share?

" The single greatest achievement in my life is watching my daughter already show signs of compassion and dauntless protectionism for water and everything living in it because I know my baton has been handed off successfully." - Dave McCoy

"Water has restored my life in some unfathomable ways, and it is my turn to pay it backwards and forwards." - Bridget Moran

"I know each turn in the river intimately and I feel compelled to be an advocate for it and it's fish."- Josh Mills

Check out our Water Stories campaign here. The purpose of sharing these celebrations of water is to  highlight the vital importance of healthy amounts of clean, flowing water in our communities.  If you are interested in participating and sharing your water story reach out to Kayla at development@celp.org We can use our voices together to create awareness, educate each other, inspire our communities, and protect our rivers and streams.

Thanks for taking the time to read Washington Water Watch!  Thanks to your help, CELP has accomplished much but, as you can see, more needs to be done. You can support our work by making a donation online here, or mailing a check to: 

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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.

If you care about a future with water, please become a CELP member today!
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