Dinner Meetings

Dinner meeting are generally held once per month on a weekday. Meetings provide an opportunity to mingle with other professionals, students, and people interested in water resources. Typically, dinner is provided followed by a one hour presentation by featured guests.

Upcoming events

    • 24 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
    • 32
    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.

Past events

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
26 Sep 2017 AWRA-WA September Seattle Dinner Meeting
27 Jun 2017 AWRA-WA June Seattle Dinner Meeting - 2017 Washington State Legislative Update
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
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
10 Nov 2016 Ellensburg Dinner Presentation - Naneum/Whiskey/Cherry Watershed Assessment
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
12 May 2016 May Dinner Meeting - NGWREF Darcy Lecture 2016
29 Mar 2016 Dinner Presentation - Drinking Water and Climate Change
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”
03 Nov 2015 Dinner Presentation - What's Happening in Central Washington: An Overview of Ecology's Water Resources Program
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
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
01 Apr 2015 Dinner Presentation - King County Recycled Water: The Right Water for the Right Use
24 Feb 2015 Dinner Presentation - Department of Ecology Draft Rule for Human Health Criteria
22 Jan 2015 AWRA UW Student Chapter and AWRA-WA Mixer
11 Dec 2014 AWRA-WA December Meeting
06 Nov 2014 Dinner Presentation -Washington State Trust Water Right Program Presented by Kelsey Collins
10 Sep 2014 Dinner Presentation -Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Project Presented by John Chandler, Puget Sound Energy
20 May 2014 Washington State Legislative Update: Joint AWRA-WA & Washington Hydrologic Society 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
27 Mar 2014 Dinner Presentation - King County’s “In-Lieu Fee” Mitigation Program - Presentation by Michael Murphy, Land Conservation Program Manager, King County

                               

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