December 6 - 8, 2017

Davenport Hotel

10 South Post Street

​Spokane, Washington 99201


The Washington State Water Resources Association invites you to attend our annual conference at the historic Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane. The conference program will focus on issues of politics, science and law that impact irrigation district water resources. Unlike water resources, there is no shortage of issues that impact irrigation district operations either on a daily basis or with the threat of significant impacts in the future. We will cover national politics, regional politics, Columbia River treaty, getting salmon beyond grand Coulee dam, "the culverts case", "the Hirst case", water quality issues and some truly great speakers.


We encourage members and non-members to become conference sponsors or exhibitors. There are lots of opportunities for sponsorships and plenty of space for our exhibitors.


We appreciate your attendance and encourage you to bring as many people looking for good information and important networking opportunities to this conference.


See you in Spokane.


Dave Solem, WSWRA President

Registration Fees


  • WSWRA Member - $500

  • NonMember - $550

  • Spouse/Guest Package - $150

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

December 6 - 8, 2017

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

December 6 - 8, 2017


Reservations: (800) 228-9290

Local: (509) 455-8888

Mention WSWRA Conference for 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 12.1% state/local tax in addition 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 - 8, 2017

Hotel reservation cut-off date November 7, 2017

Self-Park Rates


  • $5 for hour 1 - 4/$1 each additional hour
  • $15 overnight

Valet Rates


  • $15 event valet
  • $20 overnight valet

Printable hotel details



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 6


10:00 am - Noon

WSWRA Legislative Committee Meeting – Davenport Board Room


1:30 - 4:30 pm

Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Briefing – Grand Pennington Ballroom A


1:30 - 4:30 pm


(This workshop is free to all members)


  • Food Safety Modernization Act Update and Report on Irrigation Canal Sampling Study - Melissa Partyka, PhD, University of California at Davis
  • The Science (and Art) of Controlling Aquatic Plants under the NPDES permit
       -Elaine Brouillard, Water Quality Supervisor, Roza Sunnyside Board of Joint Control
       -Cory Greer, Agronomist, South Columbia Basin Irrigation District
       -Craig Gyselinck, Water Quality Program Manager, Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District
  • Update on Irrigation Systems Aquatic Pesticides permit renewal - Stacey Calloway, Permit Writer, Washington State Department of Ecology




Thursday, December 7


7:00 - 8:00 am

Conference Registration – Hall of Doges Foyer


7:30 - 9:00 am

Headliner Breakfast – Marie Antoinette Ballroom

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: Dave Solem, WSWRA President


9:00 - 9:45 am

Keynote Speaker: John Carlson, Political Commentator, KVI Radio, Seattle; “The Changing Political Dynamics in DC and Olympia”


9:45 - 10:30 am

Congressional Report 2017 & Crystal Ball 2018: Ian Lyle, Executive Director and Vice President of Government Affairs, National Water Resources Association, Washington, DC


10:30 - 11:00 am

Break – Hall of the Doges Foyer


11:00 - 11: 45 am

Managing Cultural Resources - Some Practical Thoughts: Panel discussion moderated by Dave Solem, Manager, South Columbia Basin Irrigation District


12:00 - 1:45 pm

WSWRA AWARDS LUNCHEON – Marie Antoinette Ballroom

  • WSWRA Water Resources Leadership Award: Presented by Justin Harter, WSWRA Past-President
  • WSWRA Water Statesman Award: Presented by Mike Schwisow, WSWRA Director of Government Relations
  • WSWRA Distinguished Service Award: Presented by Lori Brady, SVID Manager


Luncheon Speaker - Tom Tebb, Director, Office of Columbia River, Union Gap, WA


AFTERNOON GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballrooms A & B


2:00 - 3:45 pm

Columbia River Treaty: Moving Forward - Panel discussion moderated by Tim Culbertson, Manager, Columbia Basin Hydropower


Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife in Irrigation Country, Mike Livingston, Regional Director, Washington State Fish & Wildlife, Yakima, WA


3:45 – 4:00 pm

Break – Hall of Doges Foyer


4:00 - 4:30 pm

WSWRA Membership Meeting – President Dave Solem 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

WSWRA Board of Directors Meeting – Grand Pennington A&B


Dinner on Own




Friday, December 8


7:00 - 8:00 am

Registration – Hall of Doges Foyer


7:30 - 9:15 am

Headliner Breakfast – Marie Antoinette Ballroom

Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance, Klamath Falls, OR


CLOSING GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballroom A & B


9:45 - 10:15 am

Keynote Speaker: Mary Verner, Ecology Water Resources Program Manager, Washington Department of Ecology, Olympia, WA


10:15 - 10:45 am

Reintroducing Salmon Species Above Grand Coulee Dam, Presentation by Tom Karier, WA Representative to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council


10:45 - 11:15 am

Break – Hall of Doges Foyer


11:15 am - Noon

U.S. v. Washington - Implications of Tribal Treaties on Water Resources - "The Culverts Case" - Eric Miller, Attorney at Law, Perkins Coie, Seattle, WA


12:00 pm



See you next year at the Historic Davenport Hotel, December 5-7, 2018


You can help make the 2017 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.

Sponsorship cut-off date November 20, 2017

Premier level sponsorship also includes:


Organization's name and logo (black/white) on 2' x 2.5' sign. 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 2017 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 6, in the afternoon or between 7:00-8:00 am Thursday, December 7.


All exhibits need to be removed no later than noon on Friday, December 8.


Please note there is no overnight security provided.

Exhibitor cut-off date November 20, 2017






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