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.

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Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual Event
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    The American Water Resources Association Washington Section presents:

    AWRA-WA Virtual Lunch Meeting--

    Factors Driving Environmental Water Markets in Colorado River Basin States

    Speaker: Philip Womble, Postdoctoral Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

    Thursday, October 28th, 2021

    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    VIRTUAL MEETING!!!  You will receive a link to participate via our webinar service when you register AND the day before the event.

    Thank you to Green Economics for sponsoring the technology of this event!



    Abstract: Environmental water markets are a leading mechanism for restoring streamflows for dewatered ecosystems in the Colorado River basin and across the western United States. However, no regionwide analysis systematically evaluates why market activity (e.g., volume, number of transactions) varies across river basins or characterizes the types of transactions in this market. Through direct interviews with transaction professionals, we are compiling a comprehensive dataset of all environmental water market transactions across the western U.S. in recent years and comparing these with various legal, institutional, economic, hydrologic, and social factors to identify key reasons for variability in environmental water market activity.

    To date, our data collection and analysis have focused on the Colorado River basin states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, where we have documented ~450 environmental water transactions from 2014-2020. Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has fallen into a megadrought, experiencing a multidecadal dry period nearly unrivaled in its 1,200-year paleo-record, and in 2021 the Bureau of Reclamation declared the river’s first-ever water shortage. Our transaction data show that in recent years, environmental water markets in these basin states have matured and that transactions have grown more heterogeneous, including system conservation projects that aim to boost reservoir levels but have ancillary environmental benefits, multi-objective transactions, dry-year options, split-season leases, and informal transactions that minimize transaction costs. Also, although existing research and advocacy have placed significant emphasis on developing state water laws that are favorable to environmental water marketing, our analysis reveals how legal factors outside of state water law (e.g., the Endangered Species Act) and non-legal factors have influenced variation in market-based environmental water recovery in these states. We are currently in the process of collecting and analyzing similar data from other western states, including Washington.

    Our Speaker: Philip Womble is an attorney and a hydrologist specializing in water policy and water markets. He is a legal/postdoctoral fellow with the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Philip received his Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where his research evaluated optimal environmental water rights marketing in the Upper Colorado River Basin, barriers to water marketing in the state of Colorado, and Native American groundwater claims across the western United States. His work has been published in journals such as Science, Water Resources Research, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. During graduate school, Philip worked for the Special Master in the U.S. Supreme Court interstate water dispute Montana v. Wyoming, The Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program, and a water law firm. Before graduate school, he worked for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC, where he analyzed the most established market for freshwater ecosystem services in the United States – wetland and stream compensatory mitigation under the Clean Water Act. Philip grew up in North Carolina, where he received his B.S. in Environmental Sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill, and he now lives in Seattle.



    Fees

    Free for EVERYONE!!! 

    Thank you for continuing to support the Washington Section of AWRA during this unprecedented event.  To the best of our ability, we will continue to help you learn about water resources issues and connect with other members.  Thank you for staying home and staying safe and we look forward to seeing everyone in person when it's safe to do so!

Past events

23 Sep 2021 AWRA-WA September 2021 Virtual Lunch Meeting
17 Jun 2021 AWRA-WA June 2021 Virtual Lunch Meeting: Legislative Update
25 May 2021 AWRA-WA May 2021 Virtual Lunch Meeting 2
13 May 2021 AWRA-WA May 2021 Virtual Lunch Meeting
25 Mar 2021 AWRA-WA March 2021 Virtual Dinner Meeting
04 Feb 2021 AWRA-WA February 2021 Virtual Lunch Meeting
15 Dec 2020 AWRA-WA December 2020 Virtual Dinner Meeting and Election Results
18 Nov 2020 AWRA-WA November 2020 Virtual Lunch Meeting
22 Oct 2020 AWRA-WA October 2020 Virtual Lunch Meeting
16 Sep 2020 AWRA-WA September 2020 Virtual Lunch Meeting
09 Jul 2020 AWRA-WA July 2020 Virtual Dinner Meeting
11 Jun 2020 AWRA-WA June 2020 Virtual Dinner Meeting
29 Apr 2020 AWRA-WA April 2020 Virtual Dinner Meeting -- Legislative Update
26 Feb 2020 AWRA-WA February 2020 Seattle Dinner Meeting
10 Dec 2019 AWRA-WA December 2019 Seattle Dinner Meeting
24 Oct 2019 AWRA-WA October 2019 Seattle Dinner Meeting
23 Sep 2019 AWRA-WA September 2019 Seattle Dinner Meeting
15 Aug 2019 AWRA-WA August 2019 Seattle Dinner Meeting
12 Jun 2019 AWRA-WA/WHS June 2019 Seattle Dinner Meeting -- Legislative Update
29 Apr 2019 AWRA-WA April 2019 Seattle Dinner Meeting
11 Apr 2019 AWRA-WA April 2019 Ellensburg Dinner Meeting
05 Mar 2019 UW-AWRA 2019 Winter Mixer
19 Dec 2018 AWRA-WA December 2018 Seattle Dinner Meeting
07 Nov 2018 AWRA-WA November Seattle Dinner Meeting
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
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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