December 5 - 7, 2018

Davenport Hotel

10 South Post Street

​Spokane, Washington 99201


We welcome all WSWRA members and others to our Annual Conference at the Historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane. This year the conference will focus on such issues as workplace safety, water quality and food safety, training for directors and others on Open Public Meeting Act and the Public Records Act and many other highlights.


Our featured speakers include a longtime friend of WSWRA, Commissioner of Reclamation Brenda Burman as well as Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Gray. We will  hear from  Administrator Elliott Mainzer of the Bonneville Power Administration. These keynote speakers will offer insight into their agencies’ key objectives and challenges.


The WSWRA awards luncheon will honor those who help make our industry and our Association great. This is often the highlight of the annual conference experience.


We look forward to offering our members and non-members opportunities to host events and to attend as exhibitors. There is ample opportunity for networking with our members.


We never fail to provide a significant opportunity for our members to be educated on key issues and network with each other. We know you will be pleased with the meeting venue and all it has to offer. We look forward to seeing you in Spokane. Be sure to tell your friends about this great conference.


Scott Revell, WSWRA President

Registration Fees


  • WSWRA Member - $500

  • NonMember - $550

  • Spouse/Guest Package - $150

Registration includes general sessions, conference materials, breaks, and meal functions

December 5 - 7, 2018

Spouse/Guest Package includes general sessions, breaks, and meal functions without conference materials

December 5 - 7, 2018


Reservations: (800) 228-9290

Local: (509) 455-8888

Mention 2018 WSWRA Conference to receive conference rate

Davenport Hotel

10 South Post Street

Spokane, WA 99201

The Davenport Hotel & Tower Deluxe Rooms


  • $159 - Single/Double Occupancy
  • $174 - Triple Occupancy
  • $189 - Quad Occupancy


Hotel room rates are subject to 12% state/local tax
Hotel room subject to $2 per room/night TPA fee





The Davenport Hotel & Tower Parking


The garage is located on the corner of Post and 1st Street, and the valet garage is located off Post Street at the main entrance.

Conference room rates available December 5 - 7, 2018

Hotel reservation cut-off date November 6, 2018

Check-in: 4 pm

Check-out: noon

Self-Park Rates


  • $5 for hour 1 - 4 hours
  • $1 each additional hour
  • $17 overnight

Valet Rates


  • $17 event valet
  • $22 overnight valet



The hotel will provide town car service for individual pick-up between the hours of 5 am and 12 midnight within a two-mile radius on a complimentary basis. This service will be available to all registered guests, based on availability. Airport service is $25 plus tax, one-way per room between two to eight miles; hourly rates are $75 (plus tax and 20% gratuity) based on availability with a two-hour minimum.

Wednesday, December 5


10:00 am - Noon

John Reed Board Room

WSWRA Legislative Committee Meeting


1:30 - 4:30 pm

Grand Pennington Ballroom A

Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Briefing


1:30 - 4:30 pm

Grand Pennington Ballroom B

(This workshop is free to all members)



Workshop Agenda: Safety and health requirements and elements; Risk assessment and management; Best practices; Internal/external expertise and Keeping up with change.



Jeff Lutz, Washington Farm Bureau

Mary Yakowich, Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Tim King, Roza-Sunnyside Board of Joint Control

Jeremy Ryf, Columbia Basin Project Safety Manager




Thursday, December 6


7:00 - 8:00 am

Hall of Doges Foyer

Conference Registration


7:30 - 9:00 am

Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Headliner Breakfast: Lorri Gray, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, ID


OPENING GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballrooms A & B


9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Scott Revell, WSWRA President


9:00 - 9:30 am

Keynote Speaker: David Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Washington, DC


9:30 - 10:00 am

Managing the 8-Mile Dam Emergency: Tony Jantzer, Manager, Icicle and Peshastin Irrigation Districts, Cashmere, WA


10:00 - 10:30 am

Variability in Microbial Quality of Agricultural Water Supplies: Implications for FSMA Cooperative Monitoring in Washington State: Ronald Bond, Water Quality Researcher, University of California, Davis, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, Davis, CA


10:30 - 10:45 am

Grand Pennington Ballroom C



10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Water Supply, Water Quality, and Food Safety: Panel moderated by Justin Harter, Manager, Naches-Selah Irrigation District


   -Scott Revell, Manager, Roza Irrigation District

   -Kate Tynan, Vice President, NW Horticultural Council

   -Sage Park, Central Regional Director, Department of Ecology


12:15 - 1:45 pm

Marie Antoinette Ballroom

WSWRA Awards Luncheon

  • WSWRA Legacy Award
    Presented to the late Richard Lemargie by WSWRA Honorary Member Merle Gibbens and Jack Hochburger, Regional Solicitor, United States Bureau of Reclamation
  • WSWRA Water Resources Leadership Award
    Presented to Phil Rigdon by Rick Dieker, Manager, Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District
  • WSWRA Distinguished Service Award
    Presented to Tom Tebb by Craig Simpson, Manager, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District
  • WSWRA Distinguished Service Award
    Presented to Joe Carroll, Attorney at Law and WSWRA Director


Luncheon Speaker to be determined


AFTERNOON GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballrooms A & B


2:00 - 2:30 pm

Office of Columbia River Update: Tom Tebb, Director, Office of Columbia River, Washington Department of Ecology, Yakima, WA


2:30 - 3:45 pm

Public Official Open Government Training: The OPMA and PRA for Irrigation District Directors: Anna Franz, Attorney at Law, Lemargie, Kennison, Franz and Whitaker, Ephrata, WA


Washington Paid Family Leave Act Requirements: Bradley C. Crockett, Attorney at Law, Wolff, Hislop & Crockett, Spokane, WA


3:45 - 4:00 pm

Grand Pennington Ballroom C



4:00 - 4:30 pm

WSWRA Membership Meeting – President Scott Revell presiding

  • NWRA National Director’s Report – Larry Martin
  • State of the Association Address – Tom Myrum
  • Nominating Committee Report – Justin Harter


4:30 - 5:00 pm

Grand Pennington A & B

WSWRA Board of Directors Meeting


Dinner on Own




Friday, December 7


7:00 - 8:00 am

Hall of Doges Foyer



7:30 - 9:15 am

Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Headliner Breakfast: Paul Arrington, Executive Director, Idaho Water Users Association, Boise, ID


CLOSING GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballroom A & B


9:15 - 10:15 am

Keynote: Challenges Facing the Bonneville Power Administration: Elliott Mainzer, Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR


10:15 - 10:45 am

Focus on WDFW: Michael Garrity, Columbia River/Water Policy Manager, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, WA


10:45 - 11:15 am

Grand Pennington Ballroom C



11:15 am - Noon

Washington Water Law Update: Stephanie Duvall, Assistant Attorney General, Ecology Division, Washington Attorney General's Office. Olympia, WA


12:00 pm



See you next year at the Historic Davenport Hotel, December 4-6, 2019

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You can help make the 2018 WSWRA Conference and Annual Membership meeting a success by sponsoring a function during the program. All levels of sponsorship will receive signage at sponsored function and organization name and description in the conference program. There are several levels of sponsorship to fit your organization's budget. Please consider giving $150, $350, $650, or more in sponsorship. You choose the level of contribution for your organization.

Premier level sponsorship also includes:


Organization's name and logo (black/white) on 2' x 2.5' sign. The sign will be displayed for the entirety of the conference. The organization's logo will also be printed in the conference program with the organization's name and short writeup along with verbal recognition given during the conference opening address.

The Washington State Water Resources Association 2018 Conference and Annual Membership meeting provides an excellent opportunity to acquaint attendees with new products and services. We have structured the program and on-site arrangements to give optimum exposure to suppliers and customized services.


Exhibitors will be provided with a 6-foot skirted table with exposure to our members and attendees.


Exhibits may be set up Wednesday, December 5, in the afternoon or between 7:00-8:00 am Thursday, December 6.


All exhibits need to be removed no later than noon on Friday, December 7.


Please note there is no overnight security provided.

Exhibitor cut-off date November 19, 2018





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