Thursday from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST
POSTPONED: NEW DATE DECEMBER 9th! Every year CELP hosts Celebrate Water to honor a local water hero with the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award, reflect on victories for our waters, discuss the state of our waters, and raise critical funds to continue our work protecting waters in Washington. We are excited to host Celebrate Water in person this year and cannot wait to see you at Ivar's Salmon House. This year we will be presenting the award to retired tribal attorneys, Sharon Haensly and Kimberly Ordon, to honor their careers protecting natural resources and tribal interests. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for attendance.
The Center for Environmental Law & Policy was founded by University of Washington Law School Professor Ralph W. Johnson and Rachael Paschal Osborn in 1993 to serve as a voice for the public interest water resource management and preservation in Washington State. They recognized that water belongs to all of us, and that the Public Trust Doctrine should be used to protect this precious resource for humans, wildlife, and life itself. Professor Johnson's scholarship in the Public Trust Doctrine has since provided the foundation for innumerable legal actions to protect each citizen’s right to clean water flowing in our rivers and streams. With the leadership of Professor Johnson, CELP became an independent non-profit in 1995.
True to Professor Johnson’s vision, CELP has improved water laws in Washington State and protected rivers and streams throughout Washington and the Columbia River.
We named our award for exemplary service to our waters after Professor Johnson. Each year we present the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award to a water advocate at our annual Celebrate Waters event. We also celebrate recent victories for our waters and raise funds to continue our important work protecting rivers and streams in Washington.