Hot Environmental Issues for the Puget Sound Region

  • 13 Sep 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Seattle Central Library, Level 4, Room 1 (Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room), 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA

Hot Environmental Issues for the Puget Sound Region


Puget Sound abounds with natural assets to be managed in trust for the public. Pressures from population growth and development have come head-to-head with listings of species as threatened and endangered.  Many changes have occurred over the past few years with the potential for changing Puget Sound's future, including the maturation of the Puget Sound Partnership - the state agency tasked with restoring the Sound.  We also have a federal court decision requiring the state to remove culverts, proposals to change water quality standards and to alter fish consumption rates and, not to mention, the prospect of new coal terminals on the Sound.  Please join us for Hot Environmental Issues for the Puget Sound Region- a conference designed to tackle these developments and more with an engaging and expert faculty.


Not just for lawyers! Water managers, nonprofit advocates, agency staff, and water users will learn and discuss insights into the challenge: how to address these challenging issues to benefit all.


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Hot Environmental Issues for the Puget Sound: September 20, 2013


Early Bird Professional (through Sept 13th) - $150

Professional (after Sept 13) - $200

Agency/Nonprofit - $100

Student - $50


Hot Environmental Issues for the Puget Sound Region:  September 20, 2013


8:00. Registration & Coffee

8:25. Welcome & Introduction to the Program
Suzanne Skinner, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CELP)

8:30- 9:30. Puget Sound Partnership.  Progress towards targets and next steps (1 credit)

Marc Daley, Acting Executive Director, Puget Sound Partnership


9:30- 9:45  Break


9:45 - 11:30.  (1.75) Water Quality Standards and Fish Consumption Rates (1.75 credits)

Fran Wilshusen, NW Indian Fisheries Commission

Jeanette Brimmer, Earth Justice

Kris Holm, Water Resources Northwest


11:30- 12:30. Lobbying ethics/Lawyers contacting agencies and tribes (1 credit)

Paul Parker, Sr. Policy Analyst

Transportation Commission


12:30 - 1:30.  Lunch (on your own)


1:30-2:45.  Coal Transport and Export in the Pacific NW (1.25 credits)

Andrea Rogers Harris, Esq.   Western Environmental Law Center

Lauri Hennessey, Alliance for Jobs


2:45-3:00.  Break


3:00 - 4:00. PCB case - Spokane County - implications for the state (1 credit)

Richard Smith - Smith and Lowney

Additional speakers asked


4:00 - 4:30.  Wine and cheese reception


4:30 - 5:30.  Keynote presentation.  "Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of Puget Sound." (1 credit)

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark   

5:30-6:00. Closing reception

(7.0 CLE Credits Total)


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