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

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union 401 NE Northlake Way Seattle, Washington
    • 18
    The American Water Resources Association Washington Section

     invites you to

    The Snoqualmie Watershed Improvement District Water Bank: Providing Water for Farms

    presented by
    Cynthia Krass, Snoqualmie Valley Watershed
    Improvement District (SVWID) and

    Amanda Cronin, AMP Insights
     Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Ivar's Salmon House

    401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105

     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


    As in most basins in Washington State, water is a critical issue in the Snoqualmie Watershed.  In the winter farms have too much water due to flooding and in the summer many farms lack access to legal water rights for irrigation. The Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District launched the Snoqualmie Water Bank in 2017 to ensure water availability for present and future irrigated agriculture within the Snoqualmie Valley.  The Bank which is the first of its kind in Washington State offers water rights for lease to farms across their 14,000 acre service area.   Securing new water rights is a notoriously difficult task and the bank has taken some creative approaches for securing and marketing water rights.  In 2017 the Snoqualmie water Bank conducted Washington's State's first two way water right auction between buyers and sellers which resulted in water use agreements with six farm sites, serving a dozen farm operations.  The Bank continues to grow its programs and supply water for Snoqualmie Valley farmers in a way the respects instream flows and resources. This presentation will describe the process that the Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District went through to form the bank, the 2017 water right auction and current and potential future bank programs.

    About the speakers

    Cynthia Krass is the Executive Director of the Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District (SVWID), formed in December 2015 to address water rights and agricultural drainage. A land use professional, Cynthia's involvement in water rights stems from her work to tackle land use and regulatory barriers to agricultural production in the Snoqualmie Valley. Cynthia has a Master of Urban Planning, and a previous career in marketing and advertising.

    Amanda Cronin, is a Manager at AMP Insights. Amanda is a Washington State native with over fourteen years of professional experience in water rights, water transactions, stream restoration and conservation program design and implementation.  At AMP Insights, Amanda specializes in water resource policy and planning, environmental water transactions and water banking. Before joining AMP Insights, Amanda was a Project Manager at the Washington Water Trust for 11 years and a Watershed Program Coordinator at the Idaho-based Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute for 2 years. At the Washington Water Trust, Amanda worked across Washington State to develop and implement water right acquisitions for environmental flow restoration and groundwater mitigation and she also led the development of the Walla Walla and the Dungeness Water Exchanges for the Water Trust.  Amanda holds a B.A. from Whitman College and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University.


    $30 for current members

    $40 for guests

    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 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
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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