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    • 24 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
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    Register

    The American Water Resources Association Washington Section
    presents:

    2018 Washington State Legislative Update –

    Focus on Water Resource Issues

     Carrie Sessions
    Department of Ecology Water Resources Program

     Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Naked City Brewery
    8564 Greenwood Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103

    (206) 838-6299

     Social and Networking - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Dinner - 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Presentation - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Abstract

    During the 2018 session, the legislature passed (arguably) the biggest change to water resource management in 40 years. Over the last 15 years, our state has grappled with challenges surrounding rural water availability. These challenges culminated in the October 2016 Supreme Court decision known as “Hirst,” which left landowners in several counties unable to build homes relying on permit-exempt wells. Hirst and water issues dominated the 2017 legislative session, and when legislators were unable to reach a solution, negotiations continued through the 2017/2018 interim. But early in the 2018 session, the legislature negotiated an agreement and passed ESSB 6091.

    Carrie will tell the story of how the bill developed, then will explain the provisions of the new law and how Ecology is implementing it. She’ll also discuss the few bills and provisos that dealt with other water resource issues and how these bills might arise again in future sessions.

    About the speaker
    Carrie Sessions is the Legislative and Policy Analyst for the Department of Ecology’s Water Resources Program. In that role, she leads discussions about statewide policy issues and potential policy changes, analyzes proposed legislation, and works with the legislature on changes to water law. During the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, she was highly involved in the development of the new law on streamflow restoration and rural domestic water use (ESSB 6091). Prior to joining Ecology, Carrie did policy and economic analysis on the state, federal, and international levels, including work for consulting firms and for the United Nations Environment Program. She also spent several years teaching applied leadership. Carrie is a graduate of Colorado College and holds a MPA and MS from the University of Washington in environmental policy and economics, with an emphasis in water resource management.


    Fees

    $25 with food plus wine/beer

    $20 with food plus soft drinks

    Free for students (Reserved for student members enrolled full-time, as outlined on the  AWRA-WA website, waawra.org)

    If you are planning to pay in person at the event, please note that we can only accept payment then in the form of cash or a check.  If you want to pay using PayPal or a credit card, please do so online before the event.

    Registration as a guest is available if you are not a member of AWRA-WA.

    Cancellation Policy: AWRA-WA will fully refund the registration fee if cancellation notice is received at least 5 days before the event.

    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA

    Save the date! The

    2018 AWRA Washington State Conference

    will be held on

    October 16, 2018

    at

    Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

    7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

    This year’s AWRA-WA conference title is, “Hirst, Foster, Boldt, and Beyond: A New Era of Water Management?

    The conference theme is based on the premise that historically, decisions on water management under prior appropriation have been rigid, prescriptive, and narrowly defined.  The water code, which was adopted first in 1917, has remained fundamentally the same since then, with a few notable changes including the passage of ESSB 6091 this last year.  Current water supply needs have created a desire for changes, flexibility, and creativity in the use of water.  Up until now, these attempts have been rejected by the Washington State Supreme Court’s application of the State’s ridged code and case law framework. This conference will explore how the significant legal cases such as Hirst, Foster, and Postema, as well as implications from the Boldt decision, are driving a New Era of Water Management.

    The conference registration will open July 9th on our website.  Our keynote speaker will be Leon Szeptycki, from the Stanford Woods Institute.  His work includes issues related to stream flow restoration in the context of western water law and increasing human demands. The conference will involve a detailed look into the implementation of ESSB 6091, including a panel on “net ecological benefits,” which is a new standard established in the law.  Panelists will also look ahead at the future of water management, especially in the context of potential impacts from climate change.  And, as usual, the conference will have excellent food and an evening reception.

    Stay tuned for more details and visit our website on July 9th to register!

Past events

18 Apr 2018 WWT WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL IN SEATTLE
27 Mar 2018 AWRA-WA March 2018 Seattle Dinner Meeting
27 Feb 2018 AWRA-WA February 2018 Seattle Dinner Meeting
29 Jan 2018 UW-AWRA 2018 Student Mixer
19 Dec 2017 AWRA-WA December Seattle Dinner Meeting - 2017 AWRA-WA Annual Meeting, Board Elections and End-of-Year Social
15 Nov 2017 AWRA-WA November 2017 Seattle Dinner Meeting
03 Oct 2017 2017 AWRA-WA State Conference
26 Sep 2017 AWRA-WA September Seattle Dinner Meeting
27 Jun 2017 AWRA-WA June Seattle Dinner Meeting - 2017 Washington State Legislative Update
23 May 2017 AWRA-UW Spring Networking Event 2017
16 May 2017 AWRA-WA May Seattle Dinner Meeting - Using the SUSTAIN Model to Maximize Efficiencies in the Management of Stormwater
25 Apr 2017 AWRA-WA April Seattle Dinner Meeting - A NORTHWEST VISION FOR 2040 WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
19 Apr 2017 Washington Water Trust presents: Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2017
12 Apr 2017 AWRA-WA April Ellensburg Dinner Presentation - KITTITAS COUNTY WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – PROCESS AND THE FUTURE
22 Feb 2017 February Dinner Meeting - Nooksack River System-Wide Improvement Framework
25 Jan 2017 UW-AWRA Student Mixer
13 Dec 2016 December 2016 AWRA-WA Members Meeting, New Board Members Announcement, and Social
06 Dec 2016 Northwest Environmental Conference & Trade Show
01 Dec 2016 6th Annual Winter CLE: Protecting Instream Values in the Face of Climate Change
10 Nov 2016 Ellensburg Dinner Presentation - Naneum/Whiskey/Cherry Watershed Assessment
26 Oct 2016 2016 AWRA Washington State Conference - Rural Domestic and Municipal Water Supply
28 Sep 2016 September Dinner Meeting - Managing the Baker Project's Driest Season
14 Jun 2016 2016 Washington State Legislative Update: Joint AWRA-WA & Washington Hydrologic Society Meeting
08 Jun 2016 Celebrate Water with CELP on June 8th!
17 May 2016 University of Washington AWRA Students and Professionals Speed Networking Event
12 May 2016 May Dinner Meeting - NGWREF Darcy Lecture 2016
20 Apr 2016 Wild and Scenic Film Festival - A Change of Course
29 Mar 2016 Dinner Presentation - Drinking Water and Climate Change
09 Mar 2016 Managing Stormwater in Washington
23 Feb 2016 Dinner Presentation - Update on Recent Court Cases: The New Rules on Water Availability as Defined by Washington Courts and Legislative Response
27 Jan 2016 AWRA-WA Student Mixer
08 Dec 2015 December Dinner Meeting, 2016 Board Election, and Movie “Lost Rivers”
08 Dec 2015 Northwest Environmental Conference & Trade Show
03 Dec 2015 Water Law and the Public Trust CLE - Living Within Our Water Means
03 Nov 2015 Dinner Presentation - What's Happening in Central Washington: An Overview of Ecology's Water Resources Program
22 Oct 2015 2015 AWRA Washington State Conference - Water Management Strategies in the Face of Climate Change
07 Oct 2015 Dinner Presentation - Planning for Climate Change in the Wenatchee River Basin: The Alpine Lakes Storage Optimization Project
16 Sep 2015 Dinner Presentation -Clean Samish Initiative Presented by Karen DuBose, Skagit County
14 Sep 2015 Proving Groundwater Contamination Claims (presented by Law Seminars International)
20 May 2015 Washington State Legislative Update: Joint AWRA-WA & Washington Hydrologic Society Meeting
30 Apr 2015 April 30 AWRA Dinner Meeting and CWU Student Chapter Mixer
23 Apr 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival - A Wild Life
16 Apr 2015 University of Washington AWRA Students and Professionals Speed Networking Event
09 Apr 2015 AWRA-WA Eastern Conference
01 Apr 2015 Dinner Presentation - King County Recycled Water: The Right Water for the Right Use
11 Mar 2015 Managing Stormwater in Washington
24 Feb 2015 Dinner Presentation - Department of Ecology Draft Rule for Human Health Criteria
30 Jan 2015 Extreme Westcoast: Geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology of the aftermath of extreme events
22 Jan 2015 AWRA UW Student Chapter and AWRA-WA Mixer
11 Dec 2014 AWRA-WA December Meeting
05 Dec 2014 Water Law & Public Trust - Continuing Legal Education
06 Nov 2014 Dinner Presentation -Washington State Trust Water Right Program Presented by Kelsey Collins
23 Oct 2014 2014 AWRA-WA Annual State Conference - Water Resources Infrastructure: Emerging Frameworks to Meet Multiple Objectives
10 Sep 2014 Dinner Presentation -Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Project Presented by John Chandler, Puget Sound Energy
09 Sep 2014 Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference
03 Jun 2014 University of Washington AWRA Students & Professionals Networking Event
20 May 2014 Washington State Legislative Update: Joint AWRA-WA & Washington Hydrologic Society Meeting
05 May 2014 AWRA-WA Board Meeting
01 May 2014 Spokane Event - Water Resource Perceptions & Watershed Modeling - Presentation by Melanie Thornton and Kate Tillotson, PhD students at WSU
01 May 2014 Dinner Presentation -Seattle’s Cascade Watersheds Supply System Presented by Brent Lackey, Major Watersheds Strategic Advisor, Seattle Public Utilities
07 Apr 2014 AWRA-WA Board Meeting
27 Mar 2014 Dinner Presentation - King County’s “In-Lieu Fee” Mitigation Program - Presentation by Michael Murphy, Land Conservation Program Manager, King County
27 Feb 2014 Dinner Presentation and Movie Screening – Return of the River
30 Jan 2014 University of Washington Student-AWRA Mixer
11 Dec 2013 December 11, 2013 Dinner Meeting, including 2014 Board of Director elections and extended year-end social hour
19 Nov 2013 Wild and Scenic River Campaigns of the North Cascades
14 Nov 2013 Green meets Blue: Growth Management and Water
24 Oct 2013 An overview of Spokane regional water resource management activities
15 Oct 2013 Updating the Washington Irrigation Guide (WIG)
26 Sep 2013 2013 AWRA Washington State Conference - Future Directions in Water Resource Management
13 Sep 2013 Hot Environmental Issues for the Puget Sound Region
18 Jun 2013 Ecology Water Resource Data System Redevelopment
15 May 2013 Low Impact Design for City of Spokane Future Storm Runoff and CSO Management
08 May 2013 2nd Annual Joint WA-AWRA & Washington Hydrologic Society Meeting
23 Apr 2013 2013 Washington Hydrogeology Symposium
11 Apr 2013 WA-AWRA Student Speed Networking
28 Mar 2013 Puget Sound Past, Present, and Future: A Century and a Half of Hydrologic Change
07 Mar 2013 The Business of Stormwater Regulation and Compliance
26 Feb 2013 Global Sanitation and Water Supply: Linking Aid, Technology and Lessons Learned to Deliver Sustainable Solutions that Work in International Communities and in the United States
06 Feb 2013 Permitting of Shoreline and In-Water Projects
29 Jan 2013 WA-AWRA Student-State Mixer
06 Dec 2012 Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Washington Water Law and the Public Trust
04 Dec 2012 Natural Stormwater Management and Salmon Habitat Restoration and Re-forestation for King County’s Brightwater System
25 Oct 2012 Lacey-Olympia-Yelm Water Rights - An Example for the Future Procurement of Municipal Water Supplies
11 Sep 2012 2012 AWRA Washington State Conference
06 Jun 2012 Green Remediation - Understanding & Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint
05 Jun 2012 Viruses in Salmon - Intriguing Tricksters
04 Jun 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
21 May 2012 Western Snow Conference (Non AWRA Event)
09 May 2012 Legislative Update
07 May 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
24 Apr 2012 Flow Restoration, Mitigation and Water Markets
18 Apr 2012 2012 University of Washington Water Symposium
02 Apr 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
27 Mar 2012 Elliott Bay Seawall Project
05 Mar 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
21 Feb 2012 Opportunity and Crisis - the Renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty
06 Feb 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
24 Jan 2012 University of Washington Student Mixer

                               

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