December 4-6, 2019

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.


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.


Scott Revell, WSWRA President


Reservations: (800) 899-1482

Local: (509) 455-8888

Mention 2019 WSWRA Annual

Conference for discounted rate

The Historic Davenport Hotel

10 South Post Street

Spokane, WA 99201

The Historic Davenport Hotel 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.

Self-Park Rates


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

Valet Rates


  • $17 event valet
  • $22 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.

Wednesday, December 4


10:00 am - Noon

WSWRA Legislative Committee Meeting – John Reed Board Room


1:30 - 3:00 pm

Listening Session with Ecology's Water Resources Lead - Mary Varner,
Water Resources Program Manager, Washington Department of Ecology, Lacey, WA
(Grand Pennington Ballroom A)


3:00 - 4:30 pm

Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Progress Update - Wendy Christensen, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Yakima, WA; Tom Tebb, Washington Department of Ecology, Office of Columbia River and workgroup members


1:30 - 4:30 pm


(This workshop is free to all members)


"Cybersecurity Considerations for Irrigation Districts" presented by Michael Hamilton of CI Security

The seminar will focus on the cybersecurity of two key areas:

• The information technology network underpinnings of district operations

• The operational technology components of district operations


The outcome of the seminar is for attendees to come away with strategies for:

• Assessing risk to district operations against a recognized cybersecurity standard

• Addressing identified risks by developing a corrective action plan

• Prioritizing and obtaining budget to execute against the plan


“Distributed Hydropower Arrays” - Presentation by Emily Morris


In this presentation, Emrgy’s founder Emily Morris will provide an overview of distributed hydropower and the advantages and risks associated with open canal deployment, and open a conversation about how distributed hydropower may be applied across the irrigation district landscape.


Emrgy Inc. is redefining hydropower through the introduction of distributed turbine “arrays”, which use the same deployment attributes that have enabled the solar power industry to grow exponentially in recent decades: modularity and flexibility. In an energy economy shifting toward distributed, yet often intermittent, renewables, Emrgy’s unique hydropower innovation enables continuous, reliable clean energy generation in existing water infrastructure such as irrigation canals, water conveyance, or municipal waterways — without the need for constructing dams or modifying the infrastructure in any way. Emrgy has installed the first distributed hydropower array in Denver, Colorado and is now scaling its business through a worldwide manufacturing and sales agreement with GE Renewable Energy.




Thursday, December 5


7:00 - 8:00 am

Conference Registration – Hall of Doges Foyer


7:30 - 9:00 am

Headliner Breakfast – Marie Antoinette Ballroom


Shelby Hagenauer, Deputy Commissioner, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Washington, DC



OPENING GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballrooms A & B


9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Scott Revell, WSWRA President


9:15 - 9:45 am

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


9:45 - 10:45 am

Developing the Oroville-Tonasket ID Water Bank: Jay O'Brien, Manager, Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District, Tyson Carlson, Aspect Consulting


10:45 - 11:00 am

Break – Grand Pennington Ballroom C


11:00 - 11:45 am

"The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Microbial Water Quality Research in Washington State (2015-2019)": Ronald Bond, Water Quality Researcher, University of California, Davis, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, Davis, CA


12:00 - 1:45 pm

WSWRA AWARDS LUNCHEON – Marie Antoinette Ballroom


Water Resources Leadership Award – Honoring Dave Solem, presented by WSWRA Past President Darvin Fales


Distinguished Service Award – Honoring Larry Martin, presented by Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Manager Lori Brady.


Distinguished Service Award – Honoring Jim Milton, presented by Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District Manager Rick Dieker.


Luncheon Presentation: Irrigation Efficiency in New Zealand -Mel Brooks, Chief Executive, MHV Water Limited



AFTERNOON GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballrooms A & B


2:00 - 2:45 pm

Report from the Irrigation District Elections Workgroup: Mike Schwisow, Tom Myrum, and Justin Harter, WSWRA Workgroup representatives


2:45 - 3:45 pm

Basics of Public Works Contracting: Anna Franz, Attorney at Law, Lemargie, Kennison, Franz and Whitaker, Ephrata, WA


Recent Water Quality Cases: Norm Semanko, Attorney at Law, Parsons, Behle & Latimer, Boise, ID


3:45 – 4:00 pm

Break – 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 - Dave Solem


4:30 – 5:00 pm

WSWRA Board of Directors Meeting – Grand Pennington A&B


Dinner on Own




Friday, December 6


7:00 - 8:00 am

Registration – Hall of Doges Foyer


7:00 - 8:45 am

Headliner Breakfast – Marie Antoinette Ballroom


7:45 am

Breakfast Speaker: Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance, Klamath Falls, OR



CLOSING GENERAL SESSION – Grand Pennington Ballroom A & B


8:45 - 10:15 am

Report from the Yakima Basin: Derek Sandison, Director, Washington Department of Agriculture, Olympia, WA; Wendy Christensen, United States Bureau of Reclamation, Yakima, WA; Phil Rigdon, Yakama Tribe


10:15 - 10:45 am

"Fish, Farms, and Screens - WDFW's Work with Irrigation Districts": Danny Didricksen, Fish Screening Section Manager, Yakima Construction Shop, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Yakima, WA, Mike Livingston, Director, Region 3, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


10:45 - 11:15 am

Break – Grand Pennington Ballroom C


11:15 am - Noon

Washington Water Law Update: Stephanie Duvall, Washington Attorney General's Office, Olympia, WA


12:00 pm



See you next year at the Historic Davenport Hotel, December 2-4, 2020



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