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 EcologyBeginning 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.
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
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.