Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
    • Starlight Lounge 402 N Pearl Street Ellensburg, Washington 98926

    November 6, 2014 Dinner Meeting and Central Washington University AWRA Student Chapter Member Welcome
    ELLENSBURG LOCATION – Starlight Lounge

    Future Central Washington University AWRA Student Chapter Member Welcome

    Please help us welcome the nearly-formed AWRA Student Chapter at Central Washington University! Over the past year, students in the Geology and Geography Departments have been busy organizing and preparing to apply for recognition as an official student chapter of AWRA. This will mark the beginning of a new AWRA Student Chapter for CWU. Welcome!

    Dinner Presentation – Washington State Trust Water Right Program 

    Kelsey Collins, Statewide Trust Water Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecology

    Beginning in the late 1980’s, the Washington State legislature provided greater flexibility to the state to hold and manage publicly and privately owned water rights through creation of the Trust Water Rights Program. However, only Ecology can hold a water right in trust. Ecology acquires (holds) water rights through donations, leases, purchases, or other voluntarily negotiated means. The only case in which Ecology is required to hold a water right in trust is when a water right holder chooses to donate their water right for instream flow or groundwater preservation. In those cases, only the portion of the right that has been used in the last 5 years may be donated; all other acquisitions result from negotiated agreements with Ecology. The decision to negotiate any such trust water agreement and its provisions is shaped by Ecology’s mission to manage water for the greatest benefit to the public. Managing the Trust Water Right’s Program is about deciding how to best spend the public’s money acquiring water rights and building partnerships to repurpose water for new uses.

    Kelsey Collins is the Statewide Trust Water Coordinator for WA Department of Ecology. She has been with Ecology for 12 years; 2 years with the Environmental Assessment Program managing a network of stream gaging stations and 10 years with Water Resources permitting water rights. She wrote a 2007 report to the legislature about solving water issues for cabins and camps in the Yakima Basin. From 2009 to 2013 she managed the Cost Reimbursement Program for central Washington. In early 2014 Kelsey was hired as the Statewide Trust Water Coordinator as well as assisting Bob Barwin with the Water Acquisition Program. In 2016 she will assume the lead responsibility for the Acquisition Program.

    Event Details:


    November 6, 2014

    Social and Appetizers 5:30 - 6:45

    Introductions and CWU AWRA Student Chapter Welcome 6:45 - 7:00

    Presentation 7:00 - 8:00


    ELLENSBURG LOCATION - Starlight Lounge
    402 N Pearl Street
    Ellensburg, Washington 98926


    Students: Free

    Member: $10

    Non-Members: $15

    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.

    Kelsey Collins, Statewide Trust Water Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecolog

Past events

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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