September Dinner Meeting - Managing the Baker Project's Driest Season

  • 28 Sep 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union 401 NE Northlake Way Seattle, Washington


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September 28, 2016 AWRA-WA Dinner Meeting

Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union

No Drought About It: Managing the Baker Project's Driest Season

John Chandler, Water Resources Technical Lead, Puget Sound Energy

In 2015 the Baker Project, located in the Skagit River basin, experienced the worst drought in its 90 year record.  The drought occurred during the implementation of the Baker Project's new FERC license, which requires a much higher minimum instream flows than previous operations.  How does a water manager handle the competing objectives of a stressed resource in this situation?  This talk will cover the low snowpack in 2015, how decisions were made to fulfill the license requirements with an uncertain water supply, communications with external stakeholders, and some thoughts about the present and future water resources situation in Washington.

About the Speaker - John Chandler is the water resources technical lead at Puget Sound Energy.  He is the water manager of the Baker Project, a two reservoir system with three powerhouses and a combined capacity of 200 MW.  John also supports operational compliance, dam safety, license implementation, and marketing.  He received an M.S. in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono in 2008.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early.

Event Details:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Social Hour 5:30 - 6:30

Dinner 6:30 - 7:00

Presentation 7:00 - 8:00


LOCATION - Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union
401 NE Northlake Way
Seattle, Washington
(206) 632-0767


Students: Free

Member: $30

Non-Members: $40

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


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