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Upcoming events

    • 09 Sep 2014
    • 8:30 AM (PDT)
    • 10 Sep 2014
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • University of Washington
    September 9-10, 2014


    Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference


    Join us in Seattle this September for the 5th annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference. The PNW Climate Science Conference annually brings together more than 250 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to the impacts of climate on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.

    It is the region's premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. The conference also provides a forum for presenting emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation. Conference participants include policy- and decision-makers, resource managers, and scientists from academia, public agencies, sovereign tribal nations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Emphasis is on talks that are comprehensible to a wide audience on topics of broad interest. 

    Note: This is not an AWRA sponsored event.

    For more information visit


    • 10 Sep 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union 401 NE Northlake Way Seattle, Washington

    September 10, 2014 Dinner Meeting

    Dinner Presentation – 
    Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Project 

    John Chandler, P.E., Water Resources Technical Lead, Generation Operations, Puget Sound Energy

    How are lakes and rivers managed?  This presentation will cover how water management decisions are made at the Baker Project, a two reservoir, 200 MW facility which is operated by Puget Sound Energy and lies within the Skagit River basin.  Taking a holistic view of how to consider several competing objectives are discussed, such as flood control, environmental constraints, recreational opportunities, generating power, providing grid stability, and operating in ways that avoid major damage to the equipment from cavitation and Rheingans phenomenon.  Other topics include placing the Baker Project in the bigger picture of running an entire generation fleet, a high level discussion on implementing Baker’s new FERC license, and an overview of the different internal and external parties associated with managing the lakes.

    John Chandler, P.E., is the water manager at Puget Sound Energy for both of the utility’s hydro projects, Baker River and Snoqualmie Falls.  He helps to implement the new FERC licenses at both facilities, assists with operational compliance, and supports dam safety.   John received his B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono in 2006 and a M.S. focused on Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in 2008.

    Event Details:


    September 10, 2014

    Social 5:30 - 6:30

    Dinner 6:30 - 7:00

    Presentation 7:00 - 8:00


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


    Students: Free

    Member: $30

    Non-Members: $40

    Membership is required to register for events.  

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

    • 23 Oct 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Seattle WA

    2014 AWRA Washington State Conference

    Water Resources Infrastructure: Emerging Frameworks to Meet Multiple Objectives

    Much of the water resources infrastructure in Washington State is aging or outdated. Many existing assets are currently in need of either renovation or replacement. Additionally, new infrastructure and management frameworks are needed to respond to climate change, population growth, and existing or new land uses. In the past dams, culverts, levees, and other infrastructure were planned and constructed with consideration of only a few management goals such as water delivery, flood control, or hydropower. Many projects benefited from a combination of abundant Federal coffers in the post-war economic boom and lenient environmental requirements, allowing new projects to move rapidly from conceptual design stages to construction.

    Times have changed. The application of the Endangered Species Act, the recognition of Tribal Treaty Rights, increased public demand for recreational opportunities, and requirements for aesthetic flows have added a host of new management priorities. Federal funding for large infrastructure programs is scarce. State and local budgets are squeezed from all sides, but still make up more than 90-percent of public sector spending on public infrastructure projects. New and renovated infrastructure projects are expected to meet multiple, frequently conflicting objectives that require creative engineering and management solutions.

    This year's AWRA-WA conference focuses on the issues surrounding water resources infrastructure at all stages of planning and implementation. Project managers and key stakeholders will discuss the challenges they have encountered, as well as successes, and lessons learned. Discussion topics will include engineering solutions, public involvement, and political collaboration strategies such as integrated planning frameworks.

    A reception will follow with an opportunity to meet and mingle among water resource professionals of the highest caliber, and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres and select beverages.

    Please contact Allison MacEwan, Conference Chair, with questions.

Past events

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
Comments? Please contact Becky Crompton at Golder Associates: (425) 883-0777.
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