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Honoring Professor Robert Anderson & Celebrating CELP’s 25th Anniversary

Presenting Sponsor The Tulalip Tribes

Celebrate Water 2020 Virtual Event
Event recorded September 17th, 2020 5:30pm-7:30pm

During Celebrate Water we played a video commemorating our 25th anniversary. We didn’t have time during the event to share all the stories people told so we created an extended version to share afterwards.

CELP’s 25th Anniversary video: Extended Version

Every year we host Celebrate Waters to honor a local water hero, celebrate successes for our waters, and raise funds to continue our important work protecting, preserving, and restoring Washington’s rivers and streams.

CELP became an independent nonprofit in 1995 so this year we celebrate our 25th anniversary. We will gather together virtually at Celebrate Water to reflect on our victories over the last 25 years. We will also present the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award.

In honor of our founder Professor Johnson’s genius and advocacy, CELP has named its award for exemplary service on behalf of Washington’s waters and people in his honor: the Ralph W. Johnson award

This year we present the award to Professor Bob Anderson to honor his career as Director of the Native American Law Center, his work with Tribes throughout Washington and the United States consulting on water and natural resource issues, his dedication as an educator,  and his advocacy for Native American law students.  Bob Anderson’s work embodies the connection between water and Indian Law and the vision of our founder Ralph W. Johnson.

This year, Celebrate Water will also include a guest speaker. We are excited to introduce Dr. Gary Morishima who will discuss the Chehalis River Basin Strategy and its twin goals of reducing damage from flooding and restoring aquatic species

Gary has been the Natural Resources Technical Advisor to the President at Quinault Indian Nation since 1974. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Science and Environmental Management from the University of Washington and is an Affiliate Professor with the University of Washington’s School of the Environment and Forest Sciences. We are thankful for his time to discuss the Chehalis Basin Strategy with us.

COVID-19 Update July 14th: Due to increasing cases in King County we have decided to move our event to be hosted VIRTUALLY. Our priority is keeping our supporters, staff, families and community safe. Join us on our Facebook page on September 17th to view the event live at 5:30pm.

Event Details

When: Thursday September 17th, 2020

5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Where: Virtually. View live on our Facebook.

Click the link and when it’s time for the event to start and you’ll see a live video of the event. You do not need a Facebook account to view our page or the event. Without an account you just won’t be able to make comments or interact with the live event.


  • Welcome by our emcee Patrick Williams, CELP board member
  • CELP’s recent work with Dan Von Seggern, CELP staff attorney
  • Commemorating 25 years of victories
  • History of the Award and connection between the Native American Law Center and CELP with Rachael Osborn
  • Presentation of the Award to Prof. Robert Anderson by Prof. Charles  Wilkinson
  • Guest Speaker Dr. Gary Morishima on the Chehalis River Basin      Strategy
  • Closing Remarks and thank yous from Trish Rolfe, CELP Executive Director

Celebrate Water is our biggest fundraiser of the year. If you have the capacity, we greatly appreciate your support. We have secured a $5,000 match for Celebrate Water. Help us raise $5,000 and double your impact!

You can support our work and the event by donating at PayPal (please leave a comment that your donation is for Celebrate Water). Help us reach our $5,000 goal! Your support helps us fight for sustainable rivers and streams for our communities, fish and future. Join us in celebration on our Facebook on Sept. 17th to view Celebrate Water live!

Thank you to our sponsors for making Celebrate Water possible and for supporting CELP.

Celebrate Water’s Presenting Sponsor- The Tulalip Tribes

River Sponsor

Bob Anderson is of counsel at Kanji & Katzen

Stream Sponsors

Todd Wildermuth & Sanne Knudsen

Water Advocates

Rachael & John Osborn

Sponsorship: We understand it is a difficult time for many people. If you have the capacity and are interested in sponsoring Celebrate Water please reach out to Kayla Magers at for more information. Thank you for your support!

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