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Thank you for Attending Celebrate Water 2017!


Thank you to everyone who attended Celebrate Water event on Thursday, June 15th! We honored Dr. John Osborn with the Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award in recognition of his tremendous environmental leadership in the Pacific Northwest, and his work on the Ethics & Treaty Project, which seeks to advance ethical principles of justice and stewardship in modernizing the Columbia River Treaty.
2017 Ralph W. Johnson Water Hero Award recipient Dr. John Osborn receives a gift from Pauline Terbasket of the Okanagan Nation Alliance
We heard moving words from Rachael Paschal Osborn, Pauline Terbasket from the Okanagan Nation Alliance, Reverend Tom Soeldner, and Julie Titone. A pre-reception CLE was held on the Mitigation of Domestic Water Use featuring speakers Dan Von Seggern of CELP, and Larry Wasserman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
Thanks to our supporters and sponsors, we raised over $20,000 for CELP’s work to protect Washington’s rivers and streams. We could not have done it without you – thank you!
For the full album of photos from the event, visit our Facebook page here.


Dr. John Osborn is a legendary environmental leader of the Pacific Northwest, whose career as an advocate for the waters and forests of our region spans more than three decades. He founded the Inland Empire Public Lands Council and established Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group. He edited and published 80 issues of Transitions between 1988 and 2000 – a journal documenting the end of the timber, water and mining frontiers. He worked to stop the plundering of national forests in northern Idaho, to expand the designation of the Bunker Hill silver mining and smelting Superfund site in the Coeur d’Alene basin, and to reform the consequences of the Northern Pacific Railroad land grant. He served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations including Washington Wilderness Coalition, Idaho Conservation League and, of course, CELP. In the field of medicine, he has taken care of our nation’s veterans at the VA Medical Center in Spokane since 1985, and from the mid-1980s staffed its HIV/AIDS program. He has had a particular interest in medical ethics, and co-founded the Regional Ethics Network of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (RENEW), which successfully advocated adoption and use of the POLST end-of-life form in Washington. His current efforts include co-coordinating the Ethics & Treaty Project, which seeks to infuse principles of stewardship and justice into the re-negotiation of the Columbia River Treaty. He also serves on the board of the LiveWilder Foundation, dedicated to preventing teen suicide in Idaho.

Thank you to our sponsors: Columbia Institute for Water Policy, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team, Jim & Nancy Soriano, Kampmeier & Knutsen PLLC, Norm’s Eatery & Ale House, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Sierra Club South Sound Group, Sierra Club Upper Columbia River Group, Smith & Lowney PLLC, The Law Offices of M. Patrick Williams, Thomas Soeldner & Linda Finney, Todd Wildermuth & Sanne Knudsen, and Wright Yachts.










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