AWRA-WA 2015 State Conference Agenda

Water Management Strategies in the Face of Climate Change
Thursday October 22, 2015

Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Seattle WA


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joe Casola, Deputy Director of the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group




8:15-9:00 am      Intro and Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speech: The Climate Impacts Group at 20: Twenty Years of Climate Impact Research at UW

Dr. Joe Casola, University of Washington, Deputy Director, Climate Impacts Group

9:00-9:50 am     Session 1: Predicted Climate Change and Hydrologic Impacts in Washington State

A User's Guide to Climate Change Information for Water Resources Planning

Dr. Julie Vano, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute

A Look at the Future: Climate Change and Anticipated Impacts on the Hydrologic Cycle in the Pacific Northwest

Matt Bachmann, United States Geological Survey Glacier Studies


10:10-11:00 am     Session 2: Supply and Demand Forecasts

Office of Columbia River - Planning for Our Water Future

Tom Tebb, Department of Ecology, Director, Office of Columbia River


The Columbia River Basin Long-Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast

Dr. Jennifer Adam, Washington State University


11:00-11:50 am      Session 3: Economic Considerations

Factoring the Costs of Climate Change Into Decision-Making

Terese (T.C.) Richmond, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP


Climate Change and Water Management: Fear of Uncertainty

Dr. Gretchen Greene, Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ


11:50 am-1:10 pm      Lunch

Lunch Speaker: Martha Kongsgaard, Chair of Marine Resource Advisory Council and Leadership Council, Puget Sound Partnership


1:10-2:25 pm     Session 6: Flooding and Water Supply

Climate change and glacio-hydrologic processes in the Pacific Northwest

Dr. Erkan Istanbulluoglu, University of Washington, Associate Professor, Watershed Dynamics Research Group


Tribal Strategies for Managing Flooding on the Chehalis Reservation

Glen Connelly, Chehalis Tribe, Environmental Programs Manager

Howard Hanson Dam: Projected Climate Change Impacts and a Real World Resiliency

Kevin Shaffer, Army Corp of Engineers, Hydraulics Engineer


2:25-3:40 pm     Session 5: Streams and Fish

Salmon Vulnerability and Resilience To Climate Change

Dr. Tim Beechie, NOAA, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Supervisory Research Fish Biologist

Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit "Spirit of the Salmon": Impacts Of Climate Change On Tribal Fisheries Management

Aja DeCoteau, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Watershed Department Manager

Wood Replenishment: A Super Hero in the Battle Against Climate Change

Scott Nicolai, Yakama Nation Fisheries, Habitat Biologist


4:00-5:00 pm      Session 6: Call to Action - What Should We be Doing Now to Build Resiliency?

Washington State Drought Response

Jeff Marti, Department of Ecology, Drought Coordination

What Should We be Doing Now to Build Resiliency?

Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities, Manager, Climate Resiliency Group

Bob Freitag, University of Washington, Director, Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research

Building Community Resiliency

Lisa Pelly, Trout Unlimited’s Washington Water Project, Director

5:00 pm Closing by Conference Co-Chairs

Annual Section Report

5:30-7:00 pm         Reception



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