Washington Water Watch 
July 2018

In This Issue
Celebrate Water 2018
Culvert Case Update
Remembering Nancy Rust
River Restoration Northwest Symposium
Meet CELP's Summer Legal Intern
Keep Our Rivers Flowing!
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Upcoming Events
"United by Water" Screening 
July 12, 2018 
Patagonia Seattle 
2100 1st Ave 
Seattle, WA 
The Upper Columbia United Tribes presents this documentary about canoe journeys on the Upper Columbia River. Speakers will present on the upcoming Columbia River Treaty negotiations. Admission is donation-based. More information. 
River Restoration Northwest Symposium
February 4-8, 2019
Skamania Lodge
Stevenson, WA
River Restoration Northwest is already gearing up for next year's symposium. Submissions for session proposals and presentations are open.

Preparing for a Hot, Dry Summer Ahead
De ar Friends of CELP,
Happy summer to all our friends and supporters! We h ope you all are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather as much as you can.
This summer will be an especially hot and dry one for Washington, and climate change will only strain our water resources even further.  As you know, CELP will be working hard to make sure our rivers and streams are healthy and flowing. Our Water Policy Organizer, Nick, will be traveling to Chehalis this summer for the Southwest Washington Fair in August to spread the word about CELP's work in the area. Stop by and say hi!
We also recently hosted our annual Celebrate Water event in June, and we cannot thank our supporters enough for their help in ensuring the night's success! Congratulations again for our five Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award recipients this year: Sara Foster, Laura Leigh Brakke, David Stalheim, Eric Hirst and Wendy Harris. A special thank you to our pre-reception CLE speaker Robert T. Anderson for a great presentation on the Culvert Case as well.
Our work would not be possible without supporters like you. We rely on our generous donations from our members and supporters to hold our lawmakers and agencies accountable for protecting Washington's rivers and streams. Renew your membership today on our secure website.
In this issue, you'll find more on this and other water legislation, including a recap on Celebrate Water, an update on the Culvert case, an introduction to CELP's summer legal intern, and more.

  Trish Rolfe
Executive Director
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Thank You to Our  Celebrate Water 2018 Sponsors and Supporters!
Thanks to our sponsors and all our supporters who attended Celebrate Water this year! We had a wonderful time at Ivar's once again this year commemorating yet another successful year of CELP's work to preserve, protect and restore Washington's water resources. And special thank you to our CLE presenter, Robert T. Anderson, for educating us on the Culvert Case!

We were thrilled to honor Sara Foster, Laura Leigh Brakke, David Stalheim, Eric Hirst and Wendy Harris with the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award for their activism in the Hirst and Foster Supreme Court Cases. Their diligence ultimately resulted in improved protections and management of Washington's rivers and streams by the Department of Ecology. Our honorees began as concerned citizens, and the wins they secured in the Washington Supreme Court would not have been possible with the collective dedication and involvement of these five individuals. Thank you, again, to our five honorees for their contributions towards ensuring future generations have access to clean and flowing water in Washington!

Culvert Case Update: A Victory for Tribal Treaty Rights 
On June 11, an equally divided United States Supreme Court affirmed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Washington v. United States ( the "culvert case"). The United States and a group of Indian Tribes filed suit seeking an injunction requiring Washington State to repair culverts under its control to restore access of fish, including salmon and steelhead, to more than 1,000 miles of upstream habitat.
Restoring passage is expected to result in production of several hundred thousand more adult fish annually. This will be a significant boost for the State's ailing salmon runs and for those who depend on the runs.
The Supreme Court affirmed the decision, meaning that the Order to remove or repair the culverts will stand and fish will have access to the habitat which they need to recover and thrive. This decision is also a significant victory for Tribal treaty rights, in that the right to fish is now understood to include the right to habitat suitable for fish production.
Read the full article on the Supreme Court decision here.

In Memory of Nancy Shuttleworth Rust: Former CELP Board President & Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Awardee
Nancy was born in Iowa City, Iowa on September 15, 1928, the second of the three daughters of Beatrice Gates Shuttleworth and Frank Kayley Shuttleworth. She married the love of her life, Dr. Richard Eno Rust, on June 11, 1949. She received a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1952.
Nancy served as a member of Washington State's House of Representatives from 1981-1996, having begun a life of political activism by joining the League of Women Voters in the mid-1950s. She chaired the House Environmental Affairs Committee from 1983-1994.
After leaving the legislature, Nancy continued to work for the environment in many ways, including serving as board president for CELP. In 2006, she was the recipient of CELP's Ralph Johnson award, which is given in honor of "exemplary service on behalf of Washington's waters and people." Learn more about Nancy here.
A celebration of Nancy's life will be held on August 12 from 3:00-5:00 PM at Horizon House at 900 University St. in Seattle (off-street parking available at the corner of University St. and 9th Avenue).

River Restoration Northwest Symposium 2019
Call for Proposals and Presentations
The 18th Annual Stream Restoration Symposium is February 5-7, 2019 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA. RRNW is seeking session proposals and oral/poster presentation abstracts on topics including dam removals and sediment, ground-surface water interactions, scientific communication and community involvement, and more. For more suggested topics and proposal deadlines, go here.

River Restoration Northwest is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization whose mission is to advance the science and standards of practice of river restoration through an interdisciplinary approach.

Meet Meredith Bro, CELP's Summer Legal Intern!

Meredith Bro is a Washington native who has returned home for the summer to focus in on one of the key resources to our region: water. 

While earning her undergraduate degree from The University of Mississippi in political science and journalism, she spent time interning in Washington, D.C. at a bipartisan consulting firm where she gained unique insight into the realm of political advocacy.

Following her undergraduate career, Meredith headed to the Big Easy to attend law school, which lead to her interest in natural resources law. This past year, she interned with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources where she developed a greater understanding of the interconnectivity between the roles of the state and federal governments, as well as private entities and their relationship with our environment. Expanding on what she learned while interning at the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Meredith became involved with the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law National Environmental Moot Court team where she placed as a finalist at the team's competition in New York this year.

When not in school, Meredith enjoys hiking, kayaking, and riding her bike along the New Orleans levee. During her time at CELP, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of Washington State water law as a tool to craft rules that set a sustainable standard for water use in Washington state.

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