Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 12 May 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union 401 NE Northlake Way Seattle, Washington

    May 12, 2016 AWRA-WA Dinner Meeting

    Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union - Nisqually Water View Room

    NGWREF Darcy Lecture 2016
    Seeing Things Differently: Rethinking the Relationship Between Data, Models, and Decision Making

    Ty Ferré, Professor, University of Arizona

    Dr. Ferré’s lecture explores how the practice of hydrology depends on computer models while at the same time new methods have been adapted or developed for characterizing and monitoring the subsurface.  He notes these two areas have evolved almost completely independently of one another, but posits a unified approach is needed – designing measurement methods in the context of numerical analysis that address specific scientific and management questions.  Accordingly, Dr. Ferré will present an integrated overview of the relationships among models, measurements, and decisions, including:

    • Discussing what is actually being measured when measurements are made, with a focus on the large scale from pumping tests to geophysics;
    • Describing how these measurements currently are being merged with models and how this process could be improved;
    • Covering how hydrogeologists can turn the standard approach to combining measurements and models around by using models to help identify more informative measurements; and
    • Exploring how the optimal design of a measurement and modeling campaign can, and should be, driven by the specific practical or scientific questions being asked.

    During his lecture tour, Dr. Ferré will address academic researchers, government scientists and regulators, groundwater professionals, and stakeholders in at least 10 different countries on six continents.  In addition, Dr. Ferré will visit elementary, intermediate, and high schools to talk about careers in science, in general, and hydrology in particular.  He anticipates giving his talk to about 100 different audiences in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Middle East, and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand).

    About the Speaker - Ty Ferré, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. He received his bachelor's degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and his Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the University of Waterloo. 

    The Darcy Award – This lecture series was named in honor of Henry Darcy of France for his 1856 investigations that established the physical basis of groundwater hydrogeology.  The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWA) is an American public educational foundation which annually awards the Darcy Lecturer. This is one of the most prestigious awards for subsurface hydrology; it comes with the duty of delivering 30-50 lectures across the globe.  The Darcy Lecturer award highlights how successful and necessary interdisciplinary research approaches have become. 

    Event Details:


    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Social 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.

    • 17 May 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Vista Cafe Terrace, 3720 15th Ave NE, Seattle WA
    Spring Networking

    University of Washington Students & AWRA-WA Professionals 


    Please join AWRA-UW students and water resources professionals for an evening of networking. The event will feature a panel discussion of water resources professionals and a session of speed networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Advice and mentorship from professionals provides students with the information they need to make informed career decisions.

    To register for this event, please go to

    Professionals interested in volunteering, please contact the AWRA-WA Student Chapter at Thank you!


    Event Details

    Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    Time: 6 - 8 pm

    Vista Cafe
    Foege (Genome Sciences) Building at UW
    3720 15th Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98195
    Click here for map
    (206) 616-7623


    This event is free!


    • 26 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Seattle WA

    Save the Date!

    AWRA-WA 2016 State Conference

    Rural Domestic and Municipal Water Supply

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

    Seattle Mountaineers Event Center, Seattle, WA

    Stay Tuned for More Details 

Past events

20 Apr 2016 Wild and Scenic Film Festival - A Change of Course
29 Mar 2016 Dinner Presentation - Drinking Water and Climate Change
09 Mar 2016 Managing Stormwater in Washington
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”
08 Dec 2015 Northwest Environmental Conference & Trade Show
03 Dec 2015 Water Law and the Public Trust CLE - Living Within Our Water Means
03 Nov 2015 Dinner Presentation - What's Happening in Central Washington: An Overview of Ecology's Water Resources Program
22 Oct 2015 2015 AWRA Washington State Conference - Water Management Strategies in the Face of Climate Change
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
14 Sep 2015 Proving Groundwater Contamination Claims (presented by Law Seminars International)
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
23 Apr 2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival - A Wild Life
16 Apr 2015 University of Washington AWRA Students and Professionals Speed Networking Event
09 Apr 2015 AWRA-WA Eastern Conference
01 Apr 2015 Dinner Presentation - King County Recycled Water: The Right Water for the Right Use
11 Mar 2015 Managing Stormwater in Washington
24 Feb 2015 Dinner Presentation - Department of Ecology Draft Rule for Human Health Criteria
30 Jan 2015 Extreme Westcoast: Geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology of the aftermath of extreme events
22 Jan 2015 AWRA UW Student Chapter and AWRA-WA Mixer
11 Dec 2014 AWRA-WA December Meeting
05 Dec 2014 Water Law & Public Trust - Continuing Legal Education
06 Nov 2014 Dinner Presentation -Washington State Trust Water Right Program Presented by Kelsey Collins
23 Oct 2014 2014 AWRA-WA Annual State Conference - Water Resources Infrastructure: Emerging Frameworks to Meet Multiple Objectives
10 Sep 2014 Dinner Presentation -Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Project Presented by John Chandler, Puget Sound Energy
09 Sep 2014 Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference
03 Jun 2014 University of Washington AWRA Students & Professionals Networking Event
20 May 2014 Washington State Legislative Update: Joint AWRA-WA & Washington Hydrologic Society Meeting
05 May 2014 AWRA-WA Board 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
07 Apr 2014 AWRA-WA Board Meeting
27 Mar 2014 Dinner Presentation - King County’s “In-Lieu Fee” Mitigation Program - Presentation by Michael Murphy, Land Conservation Program Manager, King County
27 Feb 2014 Dinner Presentation and Movie Screening – Return of the River
30 Jan 2014 University of Washington Student-AWRA Mixer
11 Dec 2013 December 11, 2013 Dinner Meeting, including 2014 Board of Director elections and extended year-end social hour
19 Nov 2013 Wild and Scenic River Campaigns of the North Cascades
14 Nov 2013 Green meets Blue: Growth Management and Water
24 Oct 2013 An overview of Spokane regional water resource management activities
15 Oct 2013 Updating the Washington Irrigation Guide (WIG)
26 Sep 2013 2013 AWRA Washington State Conference - Future Directions in Water Resource Management
13 Sep 2013 Hot Environmental Issues for the Puget Sound Region
18 Jun 2013 Ecology Water Resource Data System Redevelopment
15 May 2013 Low Impact Design for City of Spokane Future Storm Runoff and CSO Management
08 May 2013 2nd Annual Joint WA-AWRA & Washington Hydrologic Society Meeting
23 Apr 2013 2013 Washington Hydrogeology Symposium
11 Apr 2013 WA-AWRA Student Speed Networking
28 Mar 2013 Puget Sound Past, Present, and Future: A Century and a Half of Hydrologic Change
07 Mar 2013 The Business of Stormwater Regulation and Compliance
26 Feb 2013 Global Sanitation and Water Supply: Linking Aid, Technology and Lessons Learned to Deliver Sustainable Solutions that Work in International Communities and in the United States
06 Feb 2013 Permitting of Shoreline and In-Water Projects
29 Jan 2013 WA-AWRA Student-State Mixer
06 Dec 2012 Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Washington Water Law and the Public Trust
04 Dec 2012 Natural Stormwater Management and Salmon Habitat Restoration and Re-forestation for King County’s Brightwater System
25 Oct 2012 Lacey-Olympia-Yelm Water Rights - An Example for the Future Procurement of Municipal Water Supplies
11 Sep 2012 2012 AWRA Washington State Conference
06 Jun 2012 Green Remediation - Understanding & Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint
05 Jun 2012 Viruses in Salmon - Intriguing Tricksters
04 Jun 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
21 May 2012 Western Snow Conference (Non AWRA Event)
09 May 2012 Legislative Update
07 May 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
24 Apr 2012 Flow Restoration, Mitigation and Water Markets
18 Apr 2012 2012 University of Washington Water Symposium
02 Apr 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
27 Mar 2012 Elliott Bay Seawall Project
05 Mar 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
21 Feb 2012 Opportunity and Crisis - the Renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty
06 Feb 2012 AWRA-WA Monthly Board Meeting
24 Jan 2012 University of Washington Student Mixer


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