American Water Resources Association – WA 2016 Annual State Conference

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Rural Domestic and Municipal Water Supply

  Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

8 AM to 5 PM PDT (7 AM to 8 AM – Registration, 5 PM to 7PM – Reception)

Learn more and register on the AWRA Washington Chapter website.

Conference Summary

It is no small secret that water budgets in the State of Washington are tight. Now that legal water availability must be considered for rural domestic water supply (groundwater permit-exempt uses) under the Growth Management Act (GMA), and some municipalities have been struggling with water quantity and quality, the question of how to maintain water supplies for Washington’s residents has never been more critical. The American Water Resources Association Washington State Section (AWRA-WA) is holding its 2016 Annual State Conference on October 26, 2016 at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center. The topic for this year’s event, Rural Domestic and Municipal Water Supply, transpires from the recent changes in the water resources legal landscape in the state.

Recent court rulings have significantly altered how the state must manage water, including rural domestic (permit-exempt) uses, and brings Washington State counties into the calculus, as counties must now demonstrate legal water availability in addition to physical availability under the GMA. These changes embrace a larger shift in general perception in the state that permit-exempt groundwater is no longer freely available for appropriation under Washington Water Law. Legal and public policy perception shifts represent a paradigm change in the appropriation and management of Washington’s increasingly limited water resources.

This year’s conference will involve in-depth discussions of recent legal cases and consequential water management challenges. We will summarize the status of rural domestic and municipal water programs and discuss current water resources strategies. Lastly, we will explore future options, and delve into potential policy choices and solutions in response to this changing legal environment. An evening reception will follow the Conference with an opportunity to meet and mingle among water resource professionals, and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres and select beverages.

Our annual conferences have consistently gained popularity over the years, and earned our organization a reputation for approaching the timeliest water-related issues in the State from diverse viewpoints. We hope that you will join us for what promises to be a full day of opportunities to share information, find resources, and network with colleagues from around the region.