December 2 - 4, 2020

Virtual Annual Conference



WSWRA would like to invite you to its first-ever virtual Annual Conference. The COVID-19 virus and health department guidelines have forced us to hold our meeting in the virtual format and WSWRA has selected the Zoom platform to manage our conference.


You will find that we have a very strong lineup of state and federal officials as well as WSWRA members who volunteered their time to help in support of our conference. We recognize that many of you prefer a shortened conference experience because of the virtual format. I have invited speakers who will share information vital to our membership but with fewer sessions than our typical annual conference. We will hold our General Membership meeting and subsequent board meeting via this virtual format.


We have reduced the registration fee to $200 per registrant. We hope that this lower registration fee might open an opportunity for first-time registrants to experience the content of the WSWRA conference. Please consider those who might rise to leadership roles in the future or those who already serve important functions within your agency.


It is important when registering that each person provide their unique email address so that we may properly send them Zoom links to our conference sessions. This will help us keep track of registrants throughout the conference.


We encourage sponsorships and will give them credit early and often leading up to and throughout the conference. We will be working with our traditional vendors to figure out a way to properly include them in the conference. We appreciate their annual contributions to the success of our conference and are looking for ways to meet their needs.


We will continue to communicate with you as new developments arise and to remind you of our conference details.


Thank you for your registrations and for your loyal support of WSWRA.


We look forward to seeing you in 2021 at the Davenport Hotel.


Tom Myrum

Executive Director

Registration Fee





Please Note:


During the registration process it is necessary that a unique email be provided for each registered attendee. This email will be used to register and receive the link to the virtual Annual Conference content. The same email cannot be used more than once.


Online registration is available without credit card payment.


During checkout process, choose Checkout instead of Checkout with PayPal and you will be able to submit registration without online payment.

Video On Demand:



Updated 12/01/20 (print pdf)

December 2

1:20 pm  

Welcome – WSWRA President Mike Miller


1:30 pm


   -Congressman Dan Newhouse, (R-4th)


1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Legislative Reports

   -Mike Schwisow, WSWRA Government Relations Specialist

   -Ian Lyle, Executive Vice President, NWRA

   -Mark Limbaugh, The Ferguson Group

   -Dan Keppen, Executive Director, Family Farm Alliance





December 3

9:00 am to 10:30 am 

Reclamation Reports

   -Shelby Hagenauer, Deputy Commissioner

   -David Palumbo, Duty Commissioner of Operations

   -Lorri Gray, Regional Director, Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region


11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Food Safety: What’s in the Water?

   -Justin Harter, manager, Naches-Selah Irrigation District, WSWRA past President

   -Ronald Bond, Water Quality Researcher University of California, Davis WIFSS/WCFS

   -Gregory Goblick, CSO/Engineering Lead, Shellfish Aquaculture and Policy Branch, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Safety, U.S. Food and Drug Administration


1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Legal Issues Panel

   -Norm Semanko, QCBID Counsel, Parsons Behle, Coeur D’Alene, ID: Update of recent environmental law cases; NEPA, ESA, CWA

   - Anna Franz, ECBID Counsel, Kennison and Franz, Moses Lake, WA: Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act developments during the time of COVID-19

   -Matt Janz, WA Attorney General’s Office, Olympia, WA: Washington Water Law update


3:15 pm

WSWRA General Membership Meeting

   - President Miller Presiding

   -NWRA National Directors report

   -Executive Director’s report

   -Nominations Committee report


3:30 pm

WSWRA Board of Directors Meeting

   -Installation of directors

   -Election of officers

   -Appointment of at-large Executive Committee members





December 4

9:00 am

Washington State Agency Reports

   -Derek Sandison, Director, Washington State Department of Agriculture

   -Mary Verner, Water Resources Program Manager, Washington State Department of Ecology

   -Vince McGowan, Water Quality Program Manager, Washington State Department of Ecology

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