AWRA-WA May Seattle Dinner Meeting - 2018 Washington State Legislative Update

  • 24 May 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
  • 28


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The American Water Resources Association Washington Section

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


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.


$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,

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