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    • 26 Oct 2016
    • 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA

        Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

    7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle   

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

    7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Conference Summary

    It is no small secret that water budgets in the State of Washington are tight. Now that legal water availability must be considered for rural domestic water supply (groundwater permit-exempt uses) under the Growth Management Act (GMA), and some municipalities have been struggling with water quantity and quality, the question of how to maintain water supplies for Washington’s residents has never been more critical. The American Water Resources Association Washington State Section (AWRA-WA) is holding its 2016 Annual State Conference on October 26, 2016 at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center. The topic for this year’s event, Rural Domestic and Municipal Water Supply, transpires from the recent changes in the water resources legal landscape in the state.

    Recent court rulings have significantly altered how the state must manage water, including rural domestic (permit-exempt) uses, and brings Washington State counties into the calculus, as counties must now demonstrate legal water availability in addition to physical availability under the GMA. These changes embrace a larger shift in general perception in the state that permit-exempt groundwater is no longer freely available for appropriation under Washington Water Law. Legal and public policy perception shifts represent a paradigm change in the appropriation and management of Washington’s increasingly limited water resources.

    This year’s conference will involve in-depth discussions of recent legal cases and consequential water management challenges. We will summarize the status of rural domestic and municipal water programs and discuss current water resources strategies. Lastly, we will explore future options, and delve into potential policy choices and solutions in response to this changing legal environment. An evening reception will follow the Conference with an opportunity to meet and mingle among water resource professionals, and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres and select beverages.

    Our annual conferences have consistently gained popularity over the years, and earned our organization a reputation for approaching the timeliest water-related issues in the State from diverse viewpoints. We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a full day of opportunities to share information, find resources, and network with colleagues from around the region.

    Click here to view the Draft 2016 AWRA-WA State Conference Agenda

    Early-bird registration is open now through September 26, 2016.   

    If you have any questions about the conference, please contact one of the conference co-chairs: Jason McCormick (Jason@mccormickwater.com) or Rabia Ahmed (rahmed@ramboll.com).

    Registration Type Early-Bird
    (thru Sept. 26, 2016)
    Regular
    Standard  $185  $205
    Agency/Non-profit/Unemployed  $150  $170
    Student/Recent Graduate  $40  $60

Past events

14 Jun 2016 2016 Washington State Legislative Update: Joint AWRA-WA & Washington Hydrologic Society Meeting
08 Jun 2016 Celebrate Water with CELP on June 8th!
17 May 2016 University of Washington AWRA Students and Professionals Speed Networking Event
12 May 2016 May Dinner Meeting - NGWREF Darcy Lecture 2016
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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