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Upcoming events

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

    Location: Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

    7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA

    AWRA-WA welcomes you to join us for an interdisciplinary investigation of Washington water resource management. This year’s conference will delve into several key Washington State Supreme Court decisions as well as recent legislation to evaluate how water management in our state may be required to adapt to meet stresses from development pressures and water use.

    The conference registration is now open 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 timeline is:

     7 - 8 am Registration 
     8 - 8:10 am Welcome Conference Co-Chairs 
     8:10 - 9 am  Keynote Address 
     9 - 10:20 am  Session 1 (3 speakers) 
     10:20 - 10:40 am  Break 
     10:40 am - 12 pm Session 2 (3 speakers) 
     12 - 12:15 pm State of the Section Report and WA-AWRA Outstanding Professional Award 
     12:15 - 1 pm  Lunch and Networking 
     1 - 1:55 pm Session 3 (2 speakers) 
     1:55 - 2:15 pm Break 
     2:15 - 3:45 pm Session 4 (4 speakers) 
     3:45 - 4:05 pm Break 
     4:05 - 5:00 pm Session 5 (panel) 
     5 - 5:05 pm Closing by Conference Co-Chairs
     5:05 - 7 pm Reception

    More details on each session are included below:

    Session 1 - Introductory Session – This session will focus on legal cases that preceded the adoption of chapter 90.94 RCW in the 2018 Legislative session, the speakers include State, Tribal and environmental attorneys. Speakers:

    • Alan Reichman, Washington State Attorney General’s Office
    • Patrick Williams, Law Office of M. Patrick Williams
    • Lauren King, Foster Pepper PLLC

    Session 2 – Implementation Session - will cover implementation of chapter 90.94 RCW in three different watersheds, with speakers from three different lead agencies who have been tasked with updating watershed plans and getting agreement from planning participants. Speakers:

    • Kirsten Harma, Chehalis Basin Partnership
    • Mike Hermanson, Spokane County
    • Mark Personius, Whatcom County

    Session 3 – Net Ecological Benefits is a technical session focused on the concept of “Net Ecological Benefits.” Chapter 90.94 RCW requires that watershed plans meet the net ecological benefit standard, but did not define what that standard is. Panelists will talk about the interrelationship between water quantity, water quality, fish habitat, and how to measure Net Ecological Benefits. Speakers:

    • Kiza Gates, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • Phil Roni, Cramer Fish Sciences

    Session 4 – Climate Change/Impact Session will cover current scientific understanding of potential impacts to water resources from climate change. Panelists will talk about climate modelling, predicted groundwater response and changes we’ve already seen in our surface water systems. Speakers:

    • Rick Dinicola, United States Geological Survey
    • Nick Bond, University of Washington Climate Research Center
    • Jennifer Johnson, United States Bureau of Reclamation
    • John Chandler, Puget Sound Energy

    Session 5 – Looking Forward Session - panelists will discuss future considerations and policy issues related to water resource management. This panel will talk about what changes to policy might be needed to respond to New Era of Water Management. Panelists:

    • Leon Szeptycki,  Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
    • Mike Schwisow, Washington State Water Resources Association
    • Daryl Williams, Tulalip Tribes
    • Mary Verner, Washington State Department of Ecology

    Keynote Speaker - Leon Szeptycki is Professor of the Practice - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Executive Director - Water in the West. Water in the West is an interdisciplinary research program that engages Stanford in developing solutions to water scarcity and water management challenges in the American West.

    Leon is an attorney who specializes in water quality, water use and watershed restoration. His work includes issues related to stream flow restoration in the context of the western appropriative rights system, sustainable groundwater management, and restoration of aquatic species. Over his career, Leon has worked on a broad range of matters related to the restoration of river health and water quality on a landscape scale.

    From 2006 until 2012, Leon taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he ran the Environmental Law and Conservation Clinic and helped create an interdisciplinary course in conservation for students in the environmental sciences department and the law school. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Trout Unlimited, a national conservation organization devoted to the protection and restoration of trout and salmon rivers. While at Trout Unlimited, Leon helped develop innovative legal and policy tools for voluntary watershed restoration by a variety of means, include dam removal and reclamation of abandoned mine sites. He has also worked in private law practice and at the U.S. Department of Justice. Leon received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

    In 2016, Leon was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Directors of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, an organization formed in 2016 whose sole purpose is to oversee the removal of four dams on the upper Klamath river.

    Early-bird registration is open July 9th through September 16th.
    Registration pricing is summarized in the following table:

    Type of Registration

    Early-Bird Rate (before Sept. 23rd)

    Regular Rate

    (after Sept. 23rd)







    Student/Recent Graduate (Looking for Work)



    Student Volunteer*



    Speakers and Awardees*



    Sponsor Registrations*



    *If you plan to request a complimentary registration, please register for the conference but do not pay, then email the webmaster and provide the name and email of the individual to receive the complimentary registration.

    Please contact Conference Chair Felix Kristanovich at with any questions or if you are interested in being a student volunteer.

Past events

19 Sep 2018 AWRA-WA September Seattle Dinner Meeting
26 Jun 2018 AWRA-WA June 2018 Seattle Dinner Meeting
24 May 2018 AWRA-WA May Seattle Dinner Meeting - 2018 Washington State Legislative Update
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
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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