AWRA Seattle 2009 Annual Conference
Oral Presentations


(Note:  The Presenter of each paper/poster is in BOLD type immediately following the paper title. Co-authors are then listed in parentheses.  Also:  All session abstracts can be accessed using the Session Title link.)

Monday / November 9 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Panel Moderator:  Brent Steel

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Panel Participants


Mark Svendsen, Project Director

Introduction and Overview of the Project and its Approach to Assessing Water Governance


Paris Edwards, Aaron Wolf (Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR)

Analyzing the Legal and Policy Framework of Water Governance


Brent Steel

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Neo-institutionalism and Actor-Centered Institutional Approaches to Water Governance


Case Study Papers: 

Erika Wolters (Egypt), Kristin Chatfield (Jordan), Sarah Kopp (Morocco), Kirsten Winters (Oman), Andres Vaughan (Turkey) (Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR)


Bridget Brown

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Brent Steel

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

A Comparative Analysis


Successful management of water resources requires a strong foundation of appropriate national water policies. Additionally, the national government must possess the capacity to implement those policies. Freshwater resources are scarce worldwide and becoming more so as a result of climate change, rapid population growth, and industrialization. In the MENA region, this is especially important due to low surface water supplies, aridity, and high variability in precipitation. National governments there, along with international donors and NGOs, are currently seeking to determine the most effective water policies, laws and organizational structures to ensure adequate water and effective management for future generations in the region. International Resources Group (IRG) and its partners, Oregon State University (OSU) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), are currently implementing a USAID-funded Regional Water Governance Benchmarking Project, targeting five Middle Eastern countries. The project aims to develop a system for measuring and benchmarking capacity for and quality of water governance in these five countries which can be applied across the MENA region. The five nations selected as case studies are Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman and Turkey. This special session describes the approach employed by the project, presents a pair of policy models for considering and assessing national water governance, and illustrates the application of the models with examples from the five MENA countries. The panel will present a brief overview of each nation’s water policy system, a discussion of water supply and use, and major political, social, and economic factors affecting supplies. Discussion will follow. 

Panel Moderator:  Adam Gravely

Gordon Derr LLP, Seattle, WA


A panel of speakers will address the water quantity topic in Washington’s Puget Sound restoration initiative. (“Puget Sound Partnership” or PSP). The panel and each speaker’s individual presentation will be organized around the major strategies and action priorities identified by the PSP. The Washington Legislature created the PSP in 2007 to lead an ambitious program to protect and restore Puget Sound using an ecosystem approach. It is charged with defining a “2020 Action Agenda” that identifies work needed to protect and restore Puget Sound, based on science and with clear and measurable goals for recovery. In asking “what does a healthy ecosystem look like,” the PSP found that clean and abundant freshwater is “essential for all other goals affecting ecosystem health.” As a result, the Action Agenda lists as a top priority the securing of adequate quantities of clean fresh water for human uses and for instream flows to support aquatic habitats and species. However, most Puget Sound watersheds have “compromised” surface water flows and groundwater resources. The PSP commissioned small groups of science and policy experts to prepare topic papers to synthesize existing information and to serve as starting point for action moving forward. Water Quantity is one of five key topics for which topic papers were prepared. The Water Quantity topic paper identified four major water quantity strategies to advance the 2020 goal:

  1. Integrated, ecosystem approach to environmental management and planning in Puget Sound
  2. Conservation / Demand management
  3. Protect and enhance instream flows
  4. Stormwater quantity management

Each of the four strategies are accompanied by proposed actions in the short and long term. During this session, speakers will focus on one or more of the strategies and proposed actions. Speakers will address:

  1. key information or gaps,
  2. a “critical look” at one or more of the strategies,
  3. other strategies that should be included,
  4. important considerations to pursuing one or more of the strategies, including specific actions, and
  5. other relevant points. 

Moderator – Peter Sturtevant

CH2M Hill, Bellevue, WA


Impact of Residential Soil Disturbance on Infiltration and Runoff - Christopher Woltemade, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA


Developing Methodology to Evaluate Urbanization’s Effects on Watersheds - Tammy Parece, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA


Impact of Land Use Changes on Water Quality in Northern Georgia - Jun Tu, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Moderator – Debra Sturdevant

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, OR


Revising Clean Water Act Human Health Criteria Based on Local Fish Consumption Rates - Debra Sturdevant, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, OR


Addressing Priority Persistent Pollutants in Oregon Waters – Implementing a New State Law – Cheryl Grabham, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, OR


Oregon's Cross-Media Toxics Reduction Strategy - Kevin Masterson, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, OR


Willamette Basin, Oregon: Mercury TMDL Phase Two - Agnes Lut, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, OR

Moderator – Derrel Martin

University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE


Accuracy And Cost/Effectiveness Analysis Of Various Reference Evapotranspiration Equations - Michael Exner-Kittridge, Headwaters Hydrology, LLC, Seattle, WA (co-author: Mark Cable Rains)


Influence Of Irrigation Recharge On Groundwater NO3-N Concentrations in the Greenfields Bench Aquifer, Teton County, Montana - Christian Schmidt, State of Montana Department of Agriculture, Helena, MT


Assessing the Impact of Irrigation Efficiency and Farming Practices on Agricultural Hydrology and Producer Economics - Derrel Martin, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (co-authors: Dean Eisenhauer, Raymond Supalla)



Monday / November 9 / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10


Panel Moderator:  Bruce Hooper

DHI Water Environment Health, Australia


Panel Participants


Bruce Hooper

DHI Water Environment Health, Australia


Ari Michelsen

AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University, USA


Michael Campana

Oregon State University, USA



Transboundary (across international and state/provincial borders) water management strikes at the very heart of national water management and international issues in shared water governance. It is of increasing concern, especially in regions of water stress. This panel discussion will bring together water professionals drawn from a range of disciplines to discuss their experiences with the audience in the assessment of and their own involvement in transboundary water management, including discussions on transboundary indicators and the notions of ‘integrated management’, ‘benefit sharing’ and ‘equitable utilization’ and constraints. The aim of the session is to share experiences and identify ways forward to strengthen governance across often competing domains and jurisdictions. Several international and intranational transboundary locations will be addressed by the panelists and include USA-Mexico, Congo, Lake Victoria, Australia and others. 

Moderator – Sandra Kilroy

King County Water and Land Resources, Seattle, WA


Classification of Physical Habitat for Pacific Salmon in the Umatilla River Watershed - Scott O'Daniel, CTUIR, Pendleton, OR (co-authors: James Webster, Eric Hoverson)


First Priority Implementation Strategies for Sediment Control in Ecologically Valuable Salmonid Watersheds - Todd Kraemer, Pacific Watershed Associates, Arcata, CA (co-author: William Weaver)


Restoring California’s Second Largest River: Using a Shared Vision Process to Develop a New River’s Hydrology - Jeffrey Payne, MWH, Sacramento, CA (co-authors: Josh Yang, Dave Mooney)


Planning to Implementation: Institutionalizing Watershed Protection and Salmon Recovery from Regional Forums to Local Action - Sandra Kilroy, King County Water and Land Resources, Seattle, WA

Panel Moderator – Peter Sturtevant

CH2M Hill, Bellevue, WA


Panel Participants


Donald Siemann

National Wildlife Federation, Western Regional Center, Seattle, WA


John Graves

FEMA Region 10, Bothell, WA


Deeann Kirkpatrick

National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA


Harold Smelt

Pierce County Surface Water Management, Tacoma, WA



Many of the streams and rivers in the Pacific Northwest comprise important habitat for endangered fish species. Floodplain development and floodplain protection measures frequently damage this habitat.  In response to a Biological Opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA is developing guidelines, applicable to the Puget Sound area, to better assure that new development in floodplains in the region does not harm listed fish species.  A panel of four individuals closely involved in this effort will discuss progress to date.  Don Siemann of the National Wildlife Federation, which filed the lawsuit that led to the Biological Opinion, will present the legal background for this issue on a national and local scale.  He will also briefly discuss several other similar efforts underway around the Country. DeeAnn Kirkpatrick from NMFS will discuss the findings of the Biological Opinion and particularly the implementation changes required to FEMA’s minimum floodplain management criteria.  John Graves from FEMA Region X will discuss how FEMA is moving forward with implementation by developing guidelines and a model ordinance for NFIP communities to use in meeting the new requirements.  Harold Smelt (Pierce County Surface Water Management) will discuss how the local NFIP communities are responding and the potential effects upon floodplain development.  An important topic will be the shared responsibilities of federal, state and local agencies to promote development activities protective of endangered species.  The Panel will provide ample time for audience questions.

Moderator – Tony Dubin

Brown and Caldwell, Seattle, WA


Economic Aspects of Green Infrastructure: Results from the Pacific Northwest - Ed MacMullan, ECONorthwest, Eugene, OR (co-authors: Sarah Reich, Bryce Ward, Mark Buckley)


Design Considerations for Retrofitting LID and Green Infrastructure into Existing Streets and Neighborhoods - Jennifer Belknap Williamson, Brown and Caldwell, Portland, OR (co-author: Mike Prett)


Developing and Calibrating Hydrologic Models for Evaluation of Green Infrastructure Options in Seattle’s CSO Control Program - Dustin Atchison, CH2M Hill, Bellevue, WA  



A Technically Rigorous and Easy to Apply Method for Sizing Stormwater Low-Impact Design for Stream Bank Erosion Control - Tony Dubin, Brown and Caldwell, Seattle, WA (co-author: Eric Mosolgo)

Moderator – Jing Wu

University of Maryland, Annapolis, MD


A Review of Approaches Used to Establish Regional and Site-Specific Numeric Nutrient Criteria - Douglas McLaughlin, NCASI, Kalamazoo, MI  


Nitrogen-Fixing Diatoms and Cyanobacteria as Valuable Indicators of Stream Nitrogen Availability - A. Elizabeth Fetscher, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Costa Mesa, CA (co-authors: Rosalina Stancheva, Berengere Laslandes, Robert Sheath, Patrick Kociolek, Martha Sutula)


Phosphorus Treatment - Advanced Removal Mechanisms and Amended Design for Stormwater BMPs - Joel Garbon, Imbrium Systems, Portland, OR (co-authors: Scott Perry, Brian Lee)

Developing Nutrient Cap Load Allocations for the Chesapeake Bay Restoration - Jing Wu, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Annapolis, MD (co-authors: Gary Shenk, Ping Wang, Lewis Linker)




Monday / November 9 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Panel Moderator – Ari Michelsen

Texas AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University, El Paso, TX


Panel Participants


Ari Michelsen

Texas AgriLife Reseearch, Texas A&M University, El Paso, TX


Gerald Sehlke

Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID


Kenneth D. Reid

American Water Resources Association, Middleburg VA


Michael Campana

Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Rachel Paschal Osborn
Center for Environmental Law & Policy, Spokane, WA



With an estimated 33,000 participants, the Fifth World Water Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey on March 16-22, 2009, was the largest water-focused conference of all time. Istanbul, a beautiful city with an intriguing history based on its strategic water access, was the perfect setting for the Forum. AWRA is a member of the World Water Council, which sponsors the Forum, and AWRA staff, board, and regular members participated in many Forum activities. Members of this panel attended the Istanbul conference and present an overview of the 5th World Water Forum as an event, provide behind-the-scenes information on a few of the many topics covered at the Forum (groundwater management, water as a human right, transboundary watershed management, climate change effects and adaptations, integrated water resource management), and examine the Istanbul Alternative Water Forum, a separate but simultaneous conference that tackled topics not fully covered at the main event. 

Panel Moderator – Roger Ward

HNTB Corporation, Indianapolis, IN


Panel Participants


Roger Ward

HNTB Corporation, Indianapolis , IN


Dustin Atchison

CH2MHill, Bellevue, WA


Jennifer Malloy

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC


The panel will highlight the current status of large CSO programs and their focus on “green” sustainable infrastructure.  Around the country, municipalities are creating sustainable stormwater practices as an alternative to the generally more expensive end-of-pipe methods designed to deal with sewer overflow after it occurs. The panel will provide the opportunity for an open dialog about these “green” techniques, how they are being implemented, and results. Studies show that the most cost-efficient way to mitigate excess stormwater is by capturing it at the source through simple infrastructure such as parks, trees, green roofs and rainwater collection systems. How easy are these to implement on a scale that shows results for our water resources?  HNTB works with several municipalities in the Midwest: Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and Kansas City. CH2MHill works with municipalities on the east and west coasts: Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Water Permits Division staff will also participate in this panel discussion to speak to their policy decisions at the national level that affect these programs. Their green infrastructure initiative which has and continues to develop tools and guidance to facilitate the use of green infrastructure in CSO and other wet weather programs will be presented. This discussion will draw from the national experts, by bringing practice leaders, to discuss a variety of CSO programs. Speakers will provide an overview of successful programs including technical focus, management, financial/cost issues, local regulatory drivers, and timelines. With that as a background, the discussion will focus on green initiatives: 1) How are they being implemented; 2) What are the preferred techniques; and 3) What results have been achieved.

Moderator – Beth Peterson

HDR Inc., Bellevue, WA


Design of Regional Urban Watershed Dry-Weather Flow Treatment System – Talbert Lake Diversion Project - Bruce Phillips, PACE, Fountain Valley, CA


Characteristics of Stormwater Flow and Quality From Five Urban, Karst Watersheds - Katherine Blansett, Department of Ag & Bio Engr, Penn State University, University Park, PA (co-author: James Hamlett)


Watershed Health Index Based on Biological Potential - Michael Milne, Brown and Caldwell, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Bob Storer, Carol Murdock, Bob Ellis)


Effects of Urbanization on Water Quality in the Lower Kaskaskia Watershed in Southern Illinois - Charnsmorn Hwang, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL (co-authors: Julia Friedmann, Karl Williard, Jon Schoonover)

Moderator – Jennifer Williamson

Brown and Caldwell, Portland, OR


Vegetation Growth and Success as a Function of Soil Moisture Conditions in Bioretention Cells - Jennifer Reiners, CH2M Hill, Chicago, IL (co-author: Richard R. Horner)


2D Modeling of Engineered Logs Jams in the Anastomosing Lower Elwha River, WA - Tim Abbe, ENTRIX, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Aaron Kopp, Mike McHenry)


Urban Roof Runoff: Green Roofs, Blue Roofs, and Wind Roofs - Charles Wisdom, Parametrix, Bellevue, WA


The Effectiveness of Different Low Impact Development BMPs on the West Coast - Douglas Beyerlein, Clear Creek Solutions, Inc., Mill Creek, WA

Moderator – L. Donald Duke

Florida Gulf coast University, Ft. Myers, FL


Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Rio Grande Salinity - Zhuping Shengri, Texas A&M (co-authors: Ari Michelsen, Thomas McGuckin, Zhuping Sheng, Bobby Creel, Ron Lacewell)


Characterization of Salinity Sources in Desert Lake Complex - Said Ghabayen,  Logan, UT (co-authors: lizzette Oman, Mac McKee)


Setting Water Quality Targets with Historical Data: Approaches, Problems, and Limitations –  Donald Duke, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL



Tuesday / November 10 / 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Panel Moderator - Earl Spangenberg

Editor-in-Chief, Water Resources IMPACT

Stevens Point, WI


Panel Participants


Eric Fitch, IMPACT Associate Editor

Associate Professor of Biology, Environmental Science, and Leadership Director

 Environmental Science and Studies Programs, Marietta College, Marietta, OH


Michelle Henrie, IMPACT Associate Editor

Attorney, Albuquerque, NM


Peter Black, IMPACT Essay Contributor

AWRA Past President, Emeritus Professor - Water and Related Land Use –

SUNY College of Environment and Forestry, Syracuse, NY


Jane Rowan, IMPACT Essay Contributor

AWRA Past President, Director, Ecological Solutions, The BioEngineering Group Inc., Newtown Square, PA


This panel/discussion forum will summarize the results of Water Resources IMPACT's Futures Project. The project is aimed at defining the water resources problems we are likely to encounter in the next decade. Initiated in 2007 with observations by IMPACT’s Associate Editors, the project continued in 2008 with essays from water resources professionals. This year, we sent a questionnaire to AWRA membership to determine their reaction. The forum will start with a formal summary of main points made by the participants. Following the formal presentation, a panel, consisting of Associate Editors and essay authors will react to the formal presentation, and discuss further the nature of the problems they foresee. Those essay authors not able to be present will be invited to “participate” by sending the moderator brief comments which will be shared with the panel and the audience. The focus of this first part of the forum will be “What are the problems that we see?”   Panel participants will not be asked to make formal presentations, but will be encouraged to prepare short comments as a part of their participation. 

Moderator – Heejun Chang

Portland State University, Portland, OR


Land Use and Infrastructure: Revisiting the Role of Federal Authority in Light of Climate Change and Long Term Infrastructural Investment - Eric Fitch, Marietta College Environmental Science Program, Marietta, OH


Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources in Northwestern Ontario, Canada: Uncertainty from Downscaling Methods - Woonsup Choi, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI (co-authors: Sung Joon Kim, Mark Lee, Kristina Koenig, Peter Rasmussen, Adam Moore)


Reconciling Projections of Colorado River Stream Flow Over the Next Century - Julie Vano, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Tapash Das, Dennis Lettenmaier)


Spatial and Temporal Changes in Runoff Resulting from Climate Change in the Willamette River Basin of Oregon - Heejun Chang, Portland State University, Portland, OR (co-author: Ilwon Jung)

Moderator – Felix Kristanovich

Anchor, QEA, LLC. Kirkland, WA


Modeling Stormwater Basin Outlets for Potential Retrofit Designs - Ryan Headley, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ (co-author: Josh Wyrick)


Effectiveness of High Efficiency Street Sweeping in Seattle - Rob Zisette, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Beth Schmoyer, Shelly Basketfield, Terry Martin)


Evaluating Paired BMP Influent and Effluent Data using Running Bootstrap Medians - Marc Leisenring, Geosyntec Consultants, Portland, OR (co-authors: Aaron Poresky, Eric Strecker, Marcus Quigley)


Filterra® System Performance Monitoring in Washington State: Expanding our Toolbox for Enhanced Treatment and Reducing Irreducible Pollutant Concentrations - Rebecca Dugopolski, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Mindy Ruby, John Lenth)

Moderator – Frances Solomon

The Evergreen State College, Tacoma, WA


Patterns in Soil Contamination in King County - Lee Dorigan, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle, WA


Weathering the Storm: Copper Impacts Juvenile Coho Behaviour and Survival with Predators - Jenifer Mcintyre, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (co-authors: D.A. Beauchamp, D.H. Baldwin, N.L. Scholz)


An Integrated Assessment of the Occurrence and Effects of Endocrine Disruptors in Puget Sound. - Irvin Schultz, Battelle Marine Science Lab Pacific NW National Lab, Sequim, WA (co-authors: Elliot Walters, James Nagler)


The Synergistic Toxicity of Pesticide Mixtures to Juvenile Salmon - Cathy Laetz, NOAA Fisheries, NWFSC, Seattle, WA (co-authors: David Baldwin, Nathaniel Scholz)

Moderator – Edward Speer

CDM, Seattle, WA


Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) to Prioritize Watershed Improvement Projects - Sandra Slayton, ENTRIX, Inc, Hood River, OR (co-authors: Douglas MacNair, Jefferson Keaton)


A Decision Support System for Optimizing Reservoir Operations Using Ensemble Streamflow Predictions (ESP) - Austin Polebitski, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of, Amherst, MA (co-authors: Eset T. Alemu, Richard N. Palmer, Bruce Meeker)


Web-based Low Impact Development Decision Support and Planning Tool - James Hunter, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (co-authors: Bernard A. Engel, Joseph E. Quansah)


The Role of Field Operations in an Urban Watershed - Edward Speer, CDM, Seattle, WA (co-author:  George Collier)


Tuesday / November 10 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Panel Moderator - Earl Spangenberg

Editor-in-Chief, Water Resources IMPACT

Stevens Point, WI


 Panel Participants


Eric Fitch, IMPACT Associate Editor

Associate Professor of Biology, Environmental Science, and Leadership Director

 Environmental Science and Studies Programs, Marietta College, Marietta, OH


Michelle Henrie, IMPACT Associate Editor

Attorney, Albuquerque, NM


Peter Black, IMPACT Essay Contributor

AWRA Past President, Emeritus Professor - Water and Related Land Use –

SUNY College of Environment and Forestry, Syracuse, NY


Jane Rowan, IMPACT Essay Contributor

AWRA Past President, Director, Ecological Solutions, The BioEngineering Group Inc., Newtown Square, PA


The second part of the forum on Water Resources IMPACT's Futures Project will be a session in which participants will address the question “Given the problems, what do we do now?” Panel participants and the audience will discuss the questions raised by the essay authors, Associate Editors, and survey respondents.  We will make efforts to identify specific roles that AWRA can play in defining the international debate on water resources sustainability. 

Moderator – Tim Abbe

ENTRIX, Inc., Seattle, WA


Freshwater Flow to Puget Sound is Declining. Why? - Curtis DeGasperi, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Seattle, WA


Climate Change on the Colorado River: A Method to Search for Robust Management Strategies - Ryan Keefe, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica, CA (co-author: Jordan Fischbach)


Assessing the Impacts of Changing Climate on the Future of Water Resource Management in the Snake River Plain - David Hoekema, Boise State University, Boise, ID (co-author: Venkataramana Sridhar)


Possible Signals of River Response to Climate Change in Western Washington - Tim Abbe, ENTRIX, Inc., Seattle, WA (co-authors: Paul Kennard, Jenna Scholz, Jim Park)

Moderator – Kenneth Ludwa

R.W. Beck, Seattle, WA


Challenges and Lessons Learned from Hydrologic Simulations Using HSPF and SWAT with NEXRAD Rainfall Inputs - Jae Ryu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (co-author: Mauro Di Luzio)


Nichols Brothers Boat Builders – Achieving New Successes in Water Quality - Tom Atkins, Parametrix, Bellevue , WA (co-author: Jim Mothersbaugh)


Designing Stormwater Treatment Approaches for Fixed Bridge Surfaces - Charlie Wisdom, Parametrix, Bellevue, WA (co-authors: Linda Logan, Paul Bucich, Sheri Lott, Embrey Bronstad, Larry Schaffner)


Retrofitting the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Meet Stormwater Effluent Limits – Lessons Learned - Ralph Nelson, R. W. Beck, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Ralph Nelson, Robert Duffner)

Moderator – Stan Miller

Inland Northwest Water Resources, Spokane, WA


Linked Watershed-Lake Models for the Lake Whatcom Phosphorus TMDL - Paul Pickett, WA Dept. of Ecology, Olympia, WA (co-author: Steve Hood)


Effect of an Effluent Discharge on Phosphorus Retention at Goose Creek and the Illinois River, Northwest Arkansas - Brian E Haggard, Arkansas Water Resources Center, Fayetteville, AR (co-authors: J.T. Scott, L.B. Massey)


Bacteriological Indicators and Onshore Inputs in Tropical Waters - Graciela Ramírez toro, CECIA, UIPR, Lajas, PR (co-authors: Carol Ferrer, H. A. Minnigh)


Surface-Water Monitoring for Pesticides in Salmonid-Bearing Streams of the Lower Yakima Valley. - Dan Dugger, Washington State Department of Ecology, Yakima, WA (co-authors: Debby Sargeant, Paul Anderson, Dale Norton, Jim Cowles)

Moderator – Michele Cutrofello

RTI International, Washingotn, DC


GIS-Based Storm Water Inventory for NPDES Phase 2, a Thurston County Washington Example - Chris Hansen, Tetra Tech, Stanwood, WA (co-author: Ed Whitford)


The Future for Hydrography in the National Map - Jeff Simley, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO


Populating Watershed Models on the NHDPlus Scale using National Data Sets: Methods and Opportunities - Michele Cutrofello, RTI International, Washington, DC (co-authors: Brandon Bergenroth, Jay Rineer, Robert Truesdale, William Cooter)


Introducing the CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System Desktop Application (HydroDesktop) and Open Development Community – Jiri Kadlec, Idaho State University, Idaho Falls, ID (co-authors: Daniel P. Ames, Teva Veluppillai, Jeff Horsburgh)




Tuesday / November 10 / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Moderator – Daniel Tufford

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC



Regional Climate Impact Studies for Water Resources in West Texas - Spandana Tummuri, CDM Inc, Fort Worth, TX  


Climate Variability and Water Infrastructure: Historical Experience in the Western United States - Scott Lowe, Boise State University, Boise, ID (co-authors: Zeynep K. Hansen, Gary D. Libecap)


Impact Assessment of Hydrothermal Dynamics in Urban Area by Using Multi-Scaled Integrated Approach - Tadanobu Nakayama, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Iba, Japan (co-authors: T. Fujita, S. Hashimoto, H. Hamano)


Simulation Modeling of Large Watersheds on the US Southeast Coast - Daniel Tufford, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (co-authors: Greg Carbone, Lauren Felker, Peng Gao)

Moderator – Alan Potok

AECOM, Houston, TX


Long-Range Future Water Supply Planning in the Face of Global Climate Change - David Blau, AECOM, San Francisco, CA  


Sustainable Systems Integration Model (SIM) – Gregory A. Hurst, AECOM, Fort Collins, CO


Using Uncertain Projections of Extreme Climate Indicators to Quantify the Effects of Climate Change on Extreme Event Flooding in the United States - Joshua Kollat, AECOM Water/Penn State University, State College, PA (co-authors: Joseph R. Kasprzyk, Wilbert O. Thomas)


Integration of Water Management Models and Demand Forecasts to Assess Future Water Availability - Blaine Dwyer, AECOM Water, Lakewood, CO

Panel Moderator – Gerald Sehlke

AWRA President, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID


The Columbia River Treaty between the USA and Canada was signed in 1961 and ratified in 1964. The treaty has been considered a model of U.S.-Canadian cooperation for 45 years. However, some policymakers, academics and others say the agreement lacks the flexibility to deal with emerging issues such as critical environmental impacts or climate change issues and, therefore, it needs to be reviewed and possibly renegotiated and rewritten to remain relevant to today’s circumstances. The possibility of a renegotiated treaty is stirring great interest and some consternation on both sides of the border. Although the Columbia River Treaty doesn’t have an expiration date, either country can terminate some or all of its provisions after September 2024 with a 10-year minimum notice. Therefore, if either the U.S. or Canada wants terminate the treaty or make substantive changes in 2024, they must give notice as early as 2014. Gerald Sehlke, President of AWRA, will moderate this important discussion and experts representing various Columbia River Treaty interests will provide their perspectives on the future of the Columbia River Treaty and what the major points of negotiations may be and what impacts potential changes may have on future energy and water operations and resources in the Columbia River Basin.

Panel Moderator – Laurie Mann

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle WA


Lake Spokane (also known as Long Lake) is a 25 mile long reservoir downstream of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane, and several smaller communities. It has experienced a long history of water quality problems. Toxic algae blooms in the 1970s resulted in the court-ordered establishment of a phosphorus TMDL, which has since been shown not to be protective of water quality. In October 2004, Ecology proposed a new DO TMDL. In the summer of 2008, just prior to issuance of a final dissolved oxygen TMDL, EPA directed the Washington Department of Ecology to revise the draft Spokane River TMDL to consider the cumulative impact of nutrient-related pollutants from both Idaho and Washington sources. Since that time, EPA, Ecology, Idaho Department of Quality and the Spokane Tribe of Indians have been developing a TMDL that not only considers the cumulative impact of pollutants from both states, but considers the decrease in assimilative capacity for nutrients and oxygen demanding pollution caused by Long Lake Dam. A recently issued 401 certification of the dam’s FERC license requires the operators to comply with water quality responsibilities to be identified in the pending TMDL. The Washington State water quality standard requires near-natural conditions, which makes the available loading capacity extremely small. This capacity must be divided between Idaho and Washington. It is anticipated that the wasteload allocations in the pending TMDL will be 50 ug/L or less, among the lowest in the country. Panelists representing local, environmental, and regulatory perspectives will briefly review the development of the Spokane River dissolved oxygen TMDL, including:

  • Challenges of modeling dissolved oxygen impacts in a reservoir from the discharge of 3 pollutants (phosphorus, BOD, ammonia) by 7 point sources and 3 tributaries
  • Technical and cultural challenges of assigning one of most stringent wasteload allocations for phosphorus in the country; and
  • Implementation of permit limits, nonpoint source reductions, 401 certification requirements - and looking ahead to water quality trading.

In a moderated discussion, panelists will then share perspectives on the development of the TMDL, its impacts on river health and urban growth, and its implementation. 

Moderator – Henry Hu

WEST Consultants, Inc., Bellevue, WA


Components of a Successful Flow Monitoring Program - Michael Hinson, Seattle Public Utilties, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Ben Marré, Laura Reed, John Barton)


Near-Real-time Lake Profiling Systems for Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish - Bob Kruger, King County Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Curtis DeGasperi, Charlie Zeng)


The New Hydrographic Paradigm: Rivers, Lakes & Watershed Boundaries - Stephen Daw, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-author: Karen Hanson)


State-of-the-Art Review on Real-Time Reservoir Operational Forecasting Models - Henry Hu, WEST Consultants, Inc., Bellevue, WA (co-author: Henry Tang)



Tuesday / November 10 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 31, 32, 33, 34, 35

Moderator – Jamie Morin

Mentor Law Group, PLLC, Seattle, WA


The Role of Water Conservation Technology, Economics, and Institutions for Managing Groundwater Use Conflicts - Saichon Seedang, Michigan State University-IWR, East Lansing, MI (co-authors: Patricia Norris, Jon Bartholic)


Using Agent-based Models to Study Farmer Behavior in Irrigation Water Usage - Sanyogita Andriyas, Utah State University, Logan, UT (co-authors: Mac McKee, Thomas B. Hardy)


Computer-Aided Negotiations of Water Resources Disputes: An Interdisciplinary Case Study-Based Course - Megan Rivera, HydroLogics, Inc., Columbia, MD (co-authors: Daniel P. Sheer, Andrew J. Miller)


NSF IGERT at Southern Illinois: Watershed Science and Policy - Christopher Lant, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (co-authors: Nicholas Pinter, Lizette Chevalier, Matthew Whiles, Sara Baer)


Reasons for Low Access to Water in Expanding Urban Centres - the Example of Quetta - Ian Cordery, UNSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia (co-author: Kamran Asghar)

Moderator – Joseph Brascher

Clear Creek Solutions, Inc., Tumwater, WA


A Pilot Assessment of Hydrologic and Water Quality Sensitivity to Climate and Land-Use Change in the Minnesota River - Thomas Johnson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC (co-authors: Andrew Parker, John Butcher)


The Influence of Sea Level Rise on Storm Surge in Southern Louisiana - Mary Cialone, USAE-ERDC, Vicksburg, MS (co-authors: Alison S. Grzegorzewski, Tate O. McAlpin)


Assessing the Future of the California Water Distribution System: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta - William Fleenor, UC Davis, Davis, CA (co-author: Jay Lund)


Modeling the Impact of Sea Level Rise on Urban Stormwater Systems - Joseph Brascher, Clear Creek Solutions, Inc., Tumwater, WA  


Using GRACE to Investigate the Changes in Land Water Storage, Caspian Sea Basin in Iran as a Case Study - Seyed Hamed Alemohammad, MIT, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cambridge, MA (co-authors: Reza Ardakanian)

Moderator – Jane Rowan

The Bioengineering Group, Newtown Square, PA


The Salt Lake Countywide Water Quality Stewardship Plan – A New Era in Watershed Planning in Utah - Nicholas Von Stackelberg, Stantec Consulting, Salt Lake City, UT (co-authors: Neil Stack, Karen Nichols)


Seasonal Streamflow Forecasting in the Columbia River Basin - Andy Wood, 3TIER, Inc., Seattle, WA (co-authors: Matthew Wiley, Bart Nijssen)


Using an Innovative Asset Management Framework to Improve Watershed Health and Program Effectiveness - Jennifer Belknap Williamson, Brown and Caldwell, Portland, OR (co-author: Carol Murdock)


Managing Floods and Droughts in an Interstate Basin - Carol Collier, Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ (co-author: Amy Shallcross)


The Honey Lake Project: Environmental Restoration on a Military-Impacted Unique Water Resource and the Use of a Non-Profit to Assist in Land Transfer - Jane Rowan, The Bioengineering Group, Inc., Newtown Square, PA (co-authors: Wendi Goldsmith, Julie Africa)

Moderator – Karl Williard

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL


Union River Fecal Coliform TMDL Effectiveness Monitoring in Washington State - Scott Collyard, WA State Department of Ecology, Olympia, WA (co-authors: George Onwumere, Markus Von Prause)


Examining the Effects of TMDL Implementation on the Flow-Concentration Relationship in the Neuse River Basin - Ibrahim Alameddine, Duke University, Durham, NC (co-authors: Song Qian, Kenneth H. Reckhow)


Assessment of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL: Nutrient and Sediment Load Reductions are Needed to Restore Living Resources - Lewis Linker, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Annapolis, MD (co-authors: Gary Shenk, Ping Wang Jing Wu, Richard Batiuk, Carl Cerco)


Water Quality Benefits of Riparian Buffers in Agricultural Watersheds: Unanswered Questions - Karl Williard, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL (co-author: Jon Schoonover)

Moderator – Zeyuan Qiu

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ


The Pursuit of Longer-Lead Water-Supply Forecasts -Statistical Hydrologic Models Coupled with Large-Scale Climate Predictors Derived from Independent Component Analysis - Hamid Moradkhani, Portland State University, Portland, OR (co-author: Matthew Meier, David Garen)


Applying Water Quality model as a Management Tool: a Case Study of Neversink River - Namsoo Suk, Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ (co-author: Feng Shi)


“Show Me” – Empowering Decision Makers and Stakeholders with Data Analysis Tools to Further Communicate Science - Peter Sabee, North Jackson Company, Corvallis, OR (co-authors: Kari Paulson, Kamran Syed, Tsolmongerel Papilloud)


A Community Engagement Planning Process to Connect Science and Community for Water Resource Protection - Zeyuan Qiu, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ (co-authors: Christine Hall, Donna Drewes, Grace Messinger, Kathy Hale)



Wednesday / November 11 / 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

Moderator – Brenda Bateman

Oregon Water Resources Department, Salem, OR


Adapting Water Resources Management to Climate Change: The Role of State Public Trust Doctrines - Robin Craig, Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, FL


Are You Looking Forward to a Water-Constrained Future? - Jim Scholl, Malcolm Pirnie, Lansing, MI (co-authors: Craig Clifton, Carl Daamen, Suse Hayes, Greg Hoxley, John Sherwood )


Potential Economic Costs of a Business-as-Usual Approach to Climate Change: Implications for Water Resources in Three Western States - Mark Buckley, ECONorthwest, Portland, OR (co-authors: Sarah Reich, Cleo Neculae)


Tap Runs Dry: Managing Urban Water Supply Now and in the Future in Canada - Grace Koshida, Environment Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada (co-authors: Erin Stratton, Joan Klaassen ,Marci Vanhoucke, Sadia Butt)

Moderator – Amanda Cronin

WA Water Trust, Seattle, WA


Market-Based Strategies for Stream Flow Restoration and Mitigation - Amanda Cronin, WA Water Trust, Seattle, WA


Washington Water Law and Instream Flow - Lisa Pelly, Washington Rivers Conservancy, Wenatchee, WA (co-author: Tom McDonald)


Maximizing Groundwater Recharge Opportunities in Glaciated Terrain through Basin-Level Stormwater Planning: Case Histories from Eastern King County, Washington – Curtis Koger, Associated Earth Sciences, Inc., Kirkland, WA (co-author:  Jennifer Saltonstall)


King County’s Perspectives and Interests for Instream Flow Management - Stephen Hirschey, King County, Seattle, WA (co-author: Dave Monthie)

Panel Moderator – Michael Wert

AMEC Earth & Environmental, Bothell, WA


Panel Participants


Greg Harris,
Clint Smith

MWH Americas, Bellevue, WA


Rand Little,
Gary Sprague

Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA

Christopher Magirl

U.S. Geological Survey, Tacoma, WA



This panel will involve presentations of three major water management projects by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). The projects address key challenges related to fish passage, drought management, and flooding. The panelists will describe three projects being implanted to maintain the beneficial uses of the City’s water supply. Landsburg Fish Passage Project: Since the early 1900’s, the Landsburg Diversion Dam has been a key component of Seattle’s municipal water supply. The facility has been a barrier to salmon and steelhead passage for nearly a century. In 2000, Seattle began implementing the Cedar River Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Mitigating fish barriers at Landsburg was a key component of the HCP. Primary features of the Landsburg Mitigation Program involve upstream and downstream fish passage via fish ladder, sorting facility, and fish screens. In addition, the river bed downstream was re-constructed to bury a large-diameter pipeline that created a secondary downstream fish barrier due to creation of an elevated scour pool. As a result of this project, anadromous fish access is restored to nearly 20 miles of the upper Cedar River drainage. Morse Lake Pump Plant: Chester Morse Lake serves as the Seattle area’s primary storage reservoir for drinking water supply. It also provides flows for the Cedar River’s salmon and steelhead and other in-stream flow needs. Withdrawal of water from lowered levels of Morse Lake occurs only by way of temporary pumping plants. This requires use of barge-mounted pump plants powered by shore-based diesel generators. To avoid risks of diesel fuel and periodic need for the temporary pump plants, the City is planning to construct a permanent land-based pump plant with water intake in Morse Lake, a mile-long 72-inch diameter pipeline, and a discharge structure in Masonry Pool. These improvements will reduce risk to the environment by avoiding the need for diesel-fueled generators and other logistical requirements associated with periodic mobilization of the temporary pumping plants. Development of an Adaptive Approach to Managing Peak Flows in the Cedar River, Washington: The current Cedar River instream-flow management program is a key component of the Cedar River Watershed HCP. The program provides a relatively complex set of guaranteed base flows for each year, combined with limitations on municipal diversions and flexibility in the management of elevated flows that can frequently occur. Floodplain development and changes to the hydrologic regime from flow regulation have affected the riparian and aquatic habitat along the river corridor. Water-resource managers are seeking additional information to guide river-flow management during storm-driven peak-flow events. Concerns for protecting biological functions, such as intra-gravel incubation of salmon eggs, must be balanced with efforts to encourage natural geomorphic processes that maintain high-quality habitat and promote river health. These instream-resource objectives must be integrated with efforts to protect existing human development and occupation of the floodplain. Under the guidance of the interagency Cedar River Instream Flow Commission, SPU and U.S. Geological Survey are developing a Peak Flow Adaptive Management Project for the Cedar River. The project will build on the flexibility provided by the current instream-flow management program. During the project, a conceptual model and associated monitoring program will be developed along with a numerical model and analysis of historical data to: provide an assessment of the current geomorphic state of the river; determine the magnitude of geomorphic resetting flood events; establish linkages between peak-flow characteristics and biological and geomorphic processes in the currently altered river channel; compare varying effects of peak-flow magnitude with peak-flow duration; and establish desired inter-annual target ranges for peak-flow magnitudes, durations, and frequencies.

Moderator – Said Ghabayen

Utah State University, Logan, UT


The Priestley-Taylor Coefficient Estimated for Vochysia Divergens Monospecific Forests in Pantanal, Brazil - Marcelo de Carvalho Alves, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil (co-authors: Luciana Sanches, José Holanda Campelo Filho, José de Souza Nogueira)


Modeling Hydrologic Interactions between Karstic Aquifer and Lakes in Florida using HSPF - Zhulu Lin, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (co-authors: David Clapp, Tom Jobes)


Interaction of the Soil Water Content and Vegetation Dynamics of a Tropical Semi-Deciduous Forest of the Southern Amazon Basin, Brazil - Marcelo de Carvalho Alves, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, MT, Brazil (co-authors: Luciana Sanches, Osvaldo Borges Pinto Júnior, José de Souza Nogueira)


Characterization of Groundwater-Surface water Interactions using GMS and differential gauging approaches - Said Ghabayen, Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University, Logan, UT (co-authors: Noah Schmadel, Bethany T. Neilson)

Moderator – William Jordan

Washington Department of Transportation, Bellevue, WA


Assessing Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: An Impact-Based Method and Application to Drought in Washington State - Matthew Fontaine, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc, Seattle, WA (co-author: Anne C. Steinemann)


New Approaches for Allocating Costs and Capacities in Regional Infrastructure Projects - N. Jordan Dimick, CDM, Denver, CO (co-author: John Rehring)


Using Multiple Research Methods to Assess Conflict and Common Ground in Storm And Wastewater Management in the Lower Kaskaskia River Basin - Mae Davenport, Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL (co-authors: Erin Seekamp, Christopher Slemp, Joan Brehm)


Real-Time Conjunctive Water Administration in Large Interconnected Arid River Basins. - John Koreny, HDR, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Steve Thurin, Emily Larson)




Wednesday / November 11 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 41, 42, 43, 44, 45

Moderator – Rafael Frias

Black & Veatch, Tampa, FL


Contrasting Climate and Land Use Changes With Local Perceptions: a Case Study of Water Management Adaptation in The Andes Of Colombia - Felipe Murtinho, University California Santa Barbara, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Christina Tague)


Managing Water in the Connecticut River Watershed - Richard Palmer, Civil and Env. Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA (co-authors: Austin Polebitski, David Ahlfeld, Casey Brown)


Analyzing Uncertainty and Risk in the Management of Water Resources for the state of Texas - Abhishek Singh, INTERA, Inc., Austin, TX (co-authors: Richard Hoffpauir, Srikanta Mishra, Marsh Lavenue )


Sustainable Water Planning: A Comprehensive Planning Approach for 'Green' Utilities - Rafael E. Frias, Black & Veatch, Tampa, FL (co-author: Peter Binney)

Moderator – John Cobourn

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Incline Village, NV


An Integrated Model for Herbert Hoover Dam Breaching and Flooding - Michael Kabiling, Taylor Engineering, Inc., Jacksonville, FL (co-authors: Michael DelCharco, Guillermo Simon, Maurice B. Vaughan, Robert C. Tucker, Thomas Spencer)


Developing and Testing Adaptation Baselines for Flood Hazards: Case Studies from Canada and Bangladesh - M. Monirul Q. Mirza, Environment Canada Adaptation and Impacts Research Division, Toronto, ON, Canada (co-authors: Grace Koshida, Daria T. Smeh)


One-Dimensional Hydraulic Modeling of the Lower Skokomish River, Washington - Raymond Walton, WEST Consultants, Inc., Bellevue, WA (co-authors: John Howard, Jim Park)


The Living River Approach to Floodplain Management on the Carson River - John Cobourn, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Incline Village, NV

Moderator – Felix Kristanovich

Anchor, QEA, LLC. Kirkland, WA


The Three Gorges Project - The World's Largest Hydropower Plant: Part I - Song-kai Yan, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc, Baton Rouge, LA 


The Three Gorges Project - The World's Largest Hydropower Plant: Part II- Song-kai Yan, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure, Inc, Baton Rouge, LA 


Changes to Hydrologic Ecosystems Services Following Dam Removal: a Case Study of Marmot Dam on the Sandy River - Terrance Anthony, Portland State Univ, Portland, OR


Ochoa Foods Dam Failure Analysis and Design of Secondary Containment Berm - Felix Kristanovich, Anchor QEA, LLC, Kirkland, WA (co-authors: Stewart Hilmes, Robert Montgomery)

Moderator – J. Scott Kindred

Associated Earth Sciences, Inc., Kirkland, WA


Recharge Master Planning in the Chino Basin, California - Mark Wildermuth, Wildermuth Environmental, Inc., Lake Forest, CA (co-authors: Ken Manning, Tom McCarthy)


SPWSD ASR Program - Five Years of Operation - Scott Coffey, CDM, Seattle, WA (co-author: John Anderson)


Solving the ASR Arsenic Problem: Pilot-Tested Approach Shows Promising Results - Barika Poole, CDM, Maitland, FL (co-authors: Leslie Turner, Lee Wiseman, Doug Munch, Glenn Forrest, Migdalia Hernandez)


Underground Injection Control (UIC) Wells for Stormwater Infiltration - J. Scott Kindred, Associated Earth Sciences, Inc., Kirkland, WA (co-author: Curtis Koger)



Moderator – Michael Campana

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


The Impact of Temperature, Demographics, and Land Use on Residential Water Consumption: An Empirical Assessment of the Portland (OR) Region - Vivek Shandas, Portland State University, Portland, OR (co-authors: G. Hossein Parandvash, Heejun Chang)


Protection of Critical Source Areas for Water Resource Protection through Community-based Land Use Planning and Ordinances - Zeyuan Qiu, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ (co-authors: Christine Hall, Donna Drewes, Grace Messinger, Kathy Hale)


Innovative Approaches in Subwatershed Management Using a Systems Based Approach - Ray Tufgar, AECOM, Kitchener, ON, Canada (co-author: John Kwast)


Statewide Water Roundtables: Taking Oregon’s Water Pulse - Michael Campana, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (co-authors: W. Todd Jarvis, Gail Achterman, Megan Kleibacker)


Wednesday / November 11 / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

Moderator – Eloise Kendy

The Nature Conservancy, Helena, MT


Investigating Ecosystems Services in the Arid Southwest - Nita Tallent-Halsell, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Las Vegas, NV (co-authors: Donald Ebert, Caroline Erickson, William Kepner, Ric Lopez,  Yongping Yuan, Matt Weber)


Markets and Incentives for Restoring Water Quality in Puget Sound - Mark Buckley, ECONorthwest, Portland, OR (co-author: Ernie Niemi)


Generalizing Ecological Responses to Hydrologic Alteration for Setting Environmental Flow Standards – Christopher Konrad, The Nature Conservancy, Seattle, WA


Statewide Ecologically-Based Instream Flow Standards: Michigan versus Connecticut - Eloise Kendy, The Nature Conservancy, Helena, MT (co-author: Colin Apse, Richard Bowman, Mark P. Smith)

Moderator – Steve Burian

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT


Short Range Operational Streamflow Forecasting in Western Washington State, USA - Matthew Wiley, 3TIER, Inc., Seattle, WA (co-authors: Andy Wood, Pascal Storck, Bart Nijssen)


Hydraulic Boundary Conditions for the Ihnc Storm Surge Barrier - Mathijs Van Ledden, Haskoning, Inc. Metairie, LA (co-authors: Jena Gilman, Scotty Emmons)


Assessment of Satellite-Based Rainfall Observations for Urban Flood Modeling - Steve Burian, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (co-authors: Woo Suk Han, J. Marshall Shepherd)


Probabilistic Modelling of Flood Flow Frequencies of the Rivers of Bangladesh - Sushanta Das Gupta, M.ASCE, London, United Kingdom  

Moderator – Juneseok Lee

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA


Impacts of Salmon Carcass Decomposition on Reservoir Eutrophication and Drinking Water Quality in Seattle, Washington - Rebecca Dugopolski, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Seattle, WA (co-author: Rob Zisette)


How to Provide 3 Million San Diegans a Safe and Reliable Water Supply - A Case Study on Southern California’s Imported Water System and the New San Diego Pipeline 6 Project. - Steve Simon, San Diego County Water Authority, San Diego, CA


Determining the Optimal Investment Plan for Water Utilities: The Case of Three Valleys Water - Jon Hecht, ICF International, Fairfax, VA (co-authors: Scott Reid, Ali Chalak)


Gaseous Cavitation Phenomenon within Drinking Water Infrastructures - Juneseok Lee, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Moderator – J. Scott Kindred

Associated Earth Sciences, Inc., Kirkland, WA


Groundwater Supplies in Colorado’s Front Range – Challenges and Opportunities for Municipalities - N. Jordan Dimick, CDM, Denver, CO (co-author: John Rehring)


Hyperalkaline Mineral Waters of Zlatibor ultramafic massif in Western Serbia, Europe - Dejan Milenic, Hydrogeologist, Belgrade, Serbia (co-authors:  V. Dragisic, M. Vrvic, Di. Milankovic, A. Vranjes)


Is Nitrate Contamination Likely in Private Wells in the Glacial Aquifer System? - Kelly Warner, U.S. Geological Survey, Urbana, IL (co-authors: Kelly L. Warner, Terri L. Arnold, George E. Groschen)


Arsenic in the Chamokane Valley Aquifers - Michael Klisch, Golder Associates Inc., Redmond, WA (co-authors: Bryony Stasney, Alex Dailey, Robert Anderson,)

Moderator – William Jordan

Washington Department of Transportation, Bellevue, WA


Balancing Highway Development and the Environment through Design-Build Delivery - Alan Black, HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA


NEPA/SEPA/ESA Clearance and Permit Acquisition for Design Build Projects in Washington State - William Jordan, WSDOT I-405 Project Office, Bellevue, WA



Adaptive Management for Environmental Compliance and Design-Build Projects - Eric Wolin, WSDOT Environmental Services Office, Olympia, WA  


I405 Kirkland – Environmental Compliance - Jim Shellooe, AMEC Earth and Environmental, Bothell, WA



Wednesday / November 11 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 51, 52, 53, 54, 55

Moderator – Cheryl Ulrich

Weston Solutions, Inc., Atlantic Beach, FL


Missouri River Recovery Program: Progress and Challenges in Creating Shallow Water Habitat for the Endangered Pallid Sturgeon - Michael Gossenauer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, Kansas City, MO



Development and Field Validation of an Indicator-Based Method for Evaluating the Duration of Streamflow in Oregon - Tracie-Lynn Nadeau, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Portland, OR (co-author: Parker J. Wigington, Jr.)


Development of a Coordinated Watershed Approach For Linking Compensatory Mitigation and Tampa Bay Habitat Restoration Goals - Valerie Seidel, The Balmoral Group, Maitland, FL (co-authors: Chris DeBodisco, Paul Yacobellis)


Natural Gas Well Drilling - Mitigating Impacts To Water Resources - Carol Collier, Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ (co-author: Chad Pindar)


Creation of a National Coalition for Ecosystem Restoration - Cheryl Ulrich, Weston Solutions, Inc., Atlantic Beach, FL (co-authors: Tom St. Clair, David J. Tazik)

Moderator – J. Scott Kindred

Associated Earth Sciences, Inc., Kirkland, WA


Sustainable Stormwater: Optimized Management of Ponds and Other BMPs - Ann Shortelle, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc., Newberry, FL (co-author: Shannon Carter-Wetzel)


Urban Stormwater Modeling using YouTube Videos - Joseph Brascher, Clear Creek Solutions, Inc., Tumwater, WA


Lakewood Raincatchers: Reducing Combined Sewer Overflows to South Lake Washington by Constructing Rain Gardens and Cisterns to Manage Rooftop Runoff from Private Property - Matthew Fontaine, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc., Seattle, WA (co-authors: Bob Spencer, Robin Kirschbaum,)


Muskingum Optimization for Analysis of Regionalized Stormwater Detention - John McEnery, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Moderator – Robert Ivarson

HNTB Corporation, Chicago, IL


Addressing the State of Our Nation’s Levees – Investment Priorities and Approaches - Rob Vining, HNTB Federal, Baton Rouge, LA


Flood Risk Management and Innovative Technology Applications: How the Latest Advances in Levee Technology Can Help Agencies Plan and Prioritize and Understand Their Projects - Tom Poer, HNTB, Kansas City, MO


Implementing Levees, Reservoirs and Stream and Floodplain Restoration in Concert to Reduce Flood Risk - Michael Schwar, HNTB, Milwaukee, WI


Westbank and Vicinity, New Orleans, Louisiana Hurricane Protection Project’s West Closure Complex, Interior Drainage Pump Station Design and Construction - Robert Ivarson, HNTB Corporation, Chicago, IL


Modeling Dam/Levee Breach Scenarios Using the Finite Element Code Developed by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center - Jennifer Tate, USACE-ERDC, Vicksburg, MS (co-authors: Tate McAlpin, Gaurav Savant, Robert McAdory)

Moderator – Tom Ring



Aquifer Storage and Recovery for Tualatin Valley Water District, Washington County, Oregon - Kenny Janssen, Golder Associates Inc., Lake Oswego, OR (co-authors: Mark Wirganowicz, Joel Cary)


Patterns of Ground Water Movement in a Portion of the Willamette River Floodplain, Oregon - Barton R. Faulkner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD, Ada, OK (co-authors: Renee J. Brooks, Kenneth J. Forshay)


An Integrated Surface Water-Groundwater Modeling to Study the Basin Hydrology in the Snake River  Basin, Idaho – Xin Jin, Boise State University, Boise, ID (co-author: Venkataramana Sridhar)

Henry Darcy's Public Fountains of the City of Dijon - Patricia Bobeck, Geotechnical Translations, Austin, TX

Moderator – Cynthia Carlstad

Tetra Tech, Seattle, WA


Sustainable Water Planning for a New Urban Town Center - Erin Nelson, Parametrix, Bellevue, WA (co-authors: Eric LaFrance)

Triple Bottom Line and Life-Cycle Cost Assessment of Sustainable Resource Management in Boston, MA - Joseph Farah, R. W. Beck, Inc., Seattle, WA  


Regional Watershed Management Planning for a Multi-Jurisdiction Urban Area - Kimberly Z. Shorter and Steve Haubner, AECOM, Atlanta, GA and Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta, GA respectively (co-author: Pamela Burnett)


Adopting the Stepchild: Ecosystem Planning in Seattle’s ‘Other’ Municipal Watershed - Cynthia Carlstad, Tetra Tech, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Brent Lackey, Michael Kern)




Thursday / November 12 / 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions 56, 57, 58, 59, 60

Panel Moderator- Ralph Cantral

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management, Silver Spring, MD

Problems with Existing CZM Structures and Describe NOAA’s Proposed Reauthorization Efforts


Panel Participants


Kathryn Mengerink

Director of Ocean Programs for the Environmental Law Institute, LaJolla, California

The Need for Incorporating EBM Techniques into the CZMA


Susan White

Senior Scientist, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Charleston. South Carolina

The Difficulties of Implementing EBM Programs


Robert Bailey

Director, Oregon’s Coastal and Ocean Management Program, Salem, Oregon

The Problems Faced by States in Implementing EBM Programs


The Coastal Zone Management Act was originally adopted in 1972 in an effort to create a state federal partnership to accomplish a great number of things. The act focused on, among other things, habitat protection, public access, water quality, waterfront revitalization, and coastal hazard reduction. Although 34 of the 35 coastal states have adopted programs under the CZMA, each program has different goals and priorities, and few states have similar criteria for boundaries. To better achieve measurable results at the national level, NOAA is proposing to focus the reauthorization of the CZMA on three distinct goals: providing for sustainable coastal and ocean ecosystems; reducing the impacts of climate change on coastal areas; and ensuring safe, sustainable, and resilient coastal communities and economies. To accomplish these goals, NOAA will need to work closely with the traditional state government partners but also improve the ability to work with local governments and coordinate better with other federal agencies and the states to address some issues at the regional level.  New techniques will be especially important when attempting to preserve sustainable ecosystems. One of the desired methods for improving coastal and ocean resource management is to incorporate ecosystem based management (EBM) principles into coastal zone management (CZM). To date, most EBM efforts have attempted to improve knowledge of a particular area and then to apply the knowledge gained to planning and managing focused on the natural environment. CZM efforts, on the other hand, have focused primarily on planning and regulatory structures to control land use to address a broad range of issues. Using EBM effectively at a broad scale throughout the nation’s coastal zone will be difficult for a number of reasons, including lack of good information about the current state of the ecosystem at a scale that supports management; lack of a good definition of what the bounds of the coastal area should be, the perceived lack of transferability of ecosystem management tools across ecosystems, and handling the expectations of success from federal and state managers as well as stakeholders. 

Panel Moderator – Robert Montgomery

Anchor QEA, LLC, Kirkland, WA


Panel Participants


Ann Root
ESA Adolfson, Seattle, WA

Robert Montgomery
Anchor QEA, Kirkland, Washington

Derek Sandison
Office of Columbia River, Washington Department of Ecology, Wenatchee, WA

Robert Anderson
Golder Associates, Redmond, Washington

Thomas Ring
Yakama Nation, Toppenish, WA

The Yakima River basin is one of the most productive irrigated agricultural areas in the West and historically supported large runs of anadromous salmonids. However, salmon runs have declined drastically and farmers experience water shortages during drought years. Over the years, a number of solutions have been proposed to address water resource problems in the basin, including the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Program (YRBWEP) which has provided state and federal funding for projects, including conservation and water rights acquisition. Recently the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) evaluated opportunities for increased storage in the basin. As part of the Draft Planning Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released in January 2008, they jointly evaluated traditional storage facilities—Black Rock and Wymer Reservoirs—and Ecology evaluated the nonstorage options of enhanced water conservation, groundwater storage, and water marketing. Comments on the Draft EIS stated that the agencies had not considered a broad enough range of alternatives and that the alternatives had not included actions that would improve fish passage or habitat. The comments advocated an integrated approach to benefit all resources in the basin. In response to those comments, Ecology facilitated the development of an integrated approach to improve habitat for anadromous and resident fish and water supply for irrigated agriculture and future municipal needs in the basin. The integrated approach includes fish passage at existing dams to open up high quality habitat, new surface water and groundwater storage facilities, modifications to existing operations, fish habitat improvements, an aggressive program of water conservation, and water marketing. The integrated approach was developed in cooperation with representatives from the Yakama Nation, Reclamation, basin irrigation districts, and fisheries managers. The elements of the integrated approach were evaluated in an EIS released in June 2009. Ecology and Reclamation are currently working with other stakeholders in the Yakima basin to propose Phase III of YRBWEP for Congressional authorization and funding. The panel, who are involved in the project, will describe the individual elements of the alternative and the challenges of developing and implementing an integrated approach to water resource problems. 

Moderator – Jennifer Benaman

Anchor QEA, Glen Falls, NY


Natural Background of Indicator Species in Stormwate - Brad Wilson, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (co-author: Robert Pitt)


Leveraging Resources from Multiple Partners to Advance Low Impact Development and Ecological Restoration in the Lockwoods Folly River Watershed - Jason Doll, Stantec Consulting, Raleigh, NC


Recast of Computer Model in Water Clarity Simulation for Management Decision - Ping Wang, UMCES, Annapolis, MD (co-authors: Lewis C. Linker, Richard A. Batiuck)


Evaluating Future Policies Using A Proactive Basin Management Tool - Jennifer Benaman, Anchor QEA, Glen Falls, NY (co-authors: Emily Chen, Jim Patek, Harry Zahakos, In Cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Authority )

Moderator -  Claudia Borchert

City of Santa Fe Water Division, Santa Fe, NM


Comparative International Water Law and Management: The Asia-Kansas Program - John C. Peck, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, KS


Price Determinants for Ditch Company Shares in Colorado’s South Platte Basin - Matthew Payne, WestWater Research, LLC, Boise, ID (co-authors: Mark Griffin Smith, Clay J. Landry)


Residential Water Demand Estimations using a Large Panel of Monthly Water Use - Shawn Stoddard, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Reno, NV


Wanted - Alive: The Santa Fe River - Claudia Borchert, City of Santa Fe Water Division, Santa Fe, NM


Panel Moderator – Bill Swanson

MWH Americas, Inc., Sacramento, CA


Panel Participants


Kevin Hanway, Water Director, City of Hillsboro, OR

Bartholomew Martin, Clean Water Services, Hillsboro, OR

Bill Swanson, MWH Americas, Inc., Sacramento, CA

Ryan Murdock, MWH Americas, Inc., Sacramento, CA


Overview. The Tualatin River Basin in the western Portland metropolitan area is home to some of the fastest growing communities in Oregon.  The nearly 500,000 residents in and around 13 communities rely heavily upon their local environment to provide safe and dependable water supply while ensuring the long-term health and vitality of the region. Projections for the next 50 years reveal a need for significant additional water supplies to serve municipal and industrial demands while preserving and enhancing the ecosystem functions and values of the watershed. 


The Tualatin Basin Water Supply Project (TBWSP) is a collaborative effort among local agencies to comprehensively address these needs. Project partners include the regional waste water utility (Clean Water Services), three municipal water providers (Tualatin Valley Water District, City of Hillsboro, and City of Beaverton) and the owner of Hagg Lake (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation), the only large water supply reservoir within the Tualatin River Basin.


Project Formulation and Issue Resolution.  A wide range of regional water supply options, including additional storage, conveyance, and exchanges were evaluated for their ability to meet the long-term water needs in the Tualatin River Basin.   The evaluations revealed that increasing reservoir storage capacity alone would not meet future needs. The partners selected a project involving the enlargement of Hagg Lake storage capacity, pumping surplus water from a downstream location to supplement reservoir storage, a raw water delivery pipeline, and expanded water treatment capacity.  The project also would include transferring ownership of Hagg Lake and related facilities and lands from the federal government to local ownership.


The TBWSP will involve modifications to the configuration of and operation of the existing Hagg Lake project.  Water contractors not involved in the project expansion needed confidence that future project operations would preserve the reliability of their existing water supplies.  In response to these concerns, a detailed assessment and presentation tool was developed to simulate and visualize the effects of daily operating decisions, particularly decisions on pumping and releases, on water supply allocations and project operations. This customized model and interface provided transparency and clarity, and allowed all parties to better understand that accounting practices could be implemented to preserve existing project benefits and protect new user investments in the expanded project.


Implementation. Successful implementation of the TBWSP will require flexibility, adaptive management, strong strategies for resolving anticipated challenges, and preserving a continued, strong partnership.  Title transfer of Scoggins Dam will require formation of a new governmental entity to own and operate the existing and expanded project.  In light of new seismic design criteria, project alternatives and associated cost estimates are being re-evaluated.  TBWSP partners will continue to emphasize strategies that provide the greatest implementation flexibility as project demands develop over the next few decades. 




Thursday / November 12 / 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Concurrent Sessions 61, 62, 63, 64, 65

Moderator – TBD


Wetland Hydrology:  Performing Wetland Delineation Using a Hydrogeomorphic Approach and Continuous Hydrological Data - Daniel Wiitala, North Jackson Company, Marquette, MI (co-authors: Peter Sabee, Kari Paulson)


Marsh Restoration/Degradation Methodology Used with the ADCIRC Numerical Model - Tate McAlpin, USACE-ERDC, Vicksburg, MS (co-authors: Mary Cialone, Alison Sleath Grzegorzewski)


Assessing Wetland Hydroperiod Restoration Alternatives in the Myakka River Watershed, Southwest Florida - John Loper, Interflow Engineering LLC, Tampa, FL (co-authors: Lisann Morris, B.J. Bukata, Susan Gerena)


Integrated Management of Long Lake, Kitsap County, Washington – Harry Gibbons, Tetra Tech, Seattle, WA


Moderator – Canield Reisinger

CDM, Denver, CO


Incorporating Water Conservation Standards into Water Demand Forecasts: What Massachusetts is Doing - Marilyn McCrory, MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Boston, MA


Conjunctive Use: An Improved Approach for Streamlined Water Management, with Solutions for the Rio Grande Watershed - Susan V. Roberts, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX (co-author: Walter Rast)


Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan Update’s Provisional Water Supply Availability – A Statewide Look through the Oklahoma H20 Tool (Part 1) - Daniel Reisinger, CDM, Denver, CO (co-authors: Kyle Arthur, Cynthia Kitchens, Gene Lilly, Travis Bogan)


Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan Update’s Provisional Water Supply Availability – A Statewide Look through the Oklahoma H20 Tool (Part 2) - Daniel Reisinger, CDM, Denver, CO (co-authors: Kyle Arthur, Cynthia Kitchens, Gene Lilly, Travis Bogan)

Moderator – Nathan Foged

Brown and Caldwell, Seattle, WA


Minimizing Erosion Hazards in a Dynamic River System - Mike Gregory, AECOM, Kitchener, ON, Canada (co-authors: Ray Tufgar, Alec Scott, Stu Seabrook)


Flow Upstream of Sluice Gate - Md Islam, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada (co-authors: David Z Zhu)


Application of Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithms in the Apalachicola Basin - Daniel Sheer, HydroLogics, Columbia, MD


New User-Defined Gate Controlling Capabilities in HEC-RAS Version 4.0; Hydraulic Modeling of the Drop 2 Storage Reservoir System - Nathan Foged, Brown and Caldwell, Seattle, WA (co-author: Tony Dubin)

Moderator – Chris Corbin

Lotic LLC, Missoula, MT


A Watershed Scale Assessment of the Water Quality Impacts of Riparian Buffers in Southern Illinois - William Beck, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL (co-authors: J.E. Schoonover, K.W.J. Williard, J.J. Zaczek)


How to Obtain Funding for Your Utility Program - Steven Swenson, R. W. Beck, Inc., Seattle, WA


You Can Bank on it: Utilizing Private Water Banks to Mitigate Groundwater Development - Chris Corbin, Lotic LLC - Water Marketing, Missoula, MT

Moderator – Andy Wood

3TIER, Inc., Seattle, WA


Offset rising energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint with small hydropower facilities on existing infrastructure - Pete Oveson, Brown and Caldwell, Portland, OR (co-author: Jennifer Belknap Williamson)


Renewable Energy Applications for Water Operations - Les Lampe, Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO (co-author: Pamela Kenel, Rafael Frias)


FirstLook Hydro: An Online Tool for Small-Scale Hydro Resource Identification - Andy Wood, 3TIER, Inc., Seattle, WA (co-authors: Jessemine Fung, Matthew Wiley, Kenneth Westrick)


Sustainable Hydropower Development and Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts in the Himalayan Region - Ramesh Vaidya, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu



Thursday / November 12 / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 66, 67, 68, 69, 70

Panel Moderator – Sandra Kilroy

King County Water and Land Resources, Seattle, WA


Panel Participants


Sandra Kilroy
Manager, Rural & Regional Services
King County Water and Land Resources, Seattle, WA

Micah Wait
Conservation Biologist
Wild Fish Conservancy, Seattle, WA

Brent Lackey
Watersheds Strategic Advisor, Drinking Water Division
City of Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA

Daniel Eastman
Senior Ecologist, Ecological Restoration & Environmental Services
King County Water and Land Resources, Seattle, WA

Josh Latterel
Senior Ecologist, Watershed and Ecological Assessment Team
King County Water and Land Resources, Seattle, WA



The Snoqualmie Watershed is a critical, but imperiled, resource in a quickly urbanizing region. At 700 square miles, this rural watershed contains natural lands, agriculture, forestry, rural communities, and recreation. However, even the Snoqualmie has experienced the pressure of increased human populations, with two million people living within a sixty mile radius. Chinook salmon have declined to less than 10% of historic levels and in 2001 American Rivers listed the Snoqualmie as one of the nation’s most endangered rivers.

Over the last decade, governments, nonprofits and others have mobilized to protect and restore this watershed. With solid technical information and problem identification, years of planning, and thousands of hours of building capacity and partnerships for implementation, river habitat restoration is now well underway. This progress however, was not accomplished without significant challenges and creative solutions.

Five projects have been completed or are currently in-progress including the: Raging River-Carlin levee removal, Camp Gilead reconnection, Lower Tolt River Floodplain Reconnection, Chinook Bend Restoration, and Stillwater Restoration. A number of others are in the planning stage. As we implement projects and monitor performance, we increase our understanding of the effects of floodplain reconnection efforts and how multiple restoration projects in close proximity interact to achieve our overall watershed objectives.

This Panel Session will address both the process and challenges associated with the full cycle of watershed restoration including:

  1. Taking a plan into action: planning, project selection, prioritization of watershed protection and restoration
  2. Design and construction of river restoration projects to enhance floodplain and riverine habitat by restoring fluvial processes
  3. How to achieve restoration goals while balancing community and private property interests and protecting public infrastructure
  4. Comprehensive project effectiveness monitoring based on remote sensing and field surveys of key processes, habitat formation, and fish utilization

Panel Moderator – Joe Mentor

Mentor Law Group, PLLC, Seattle, WA


Panel Participants


Joe Mentor

Mentor Law Group, PLLC, Seattle, WA

Joel Sisolak

Cascadia Region Green Building Council, WA

Ginny Stern

Safe Drinking Water Division, Washington Date Dept. of Health, Seattle, WA

Kurt Unger

Washington Dept. of Ecology, Seattle, WA

Dale Wentworth

Washington State Building code Council, WA


The average per capita water use in the United States is about 100 gallons per day. A significant portion of this water is used for nonpotable purposes. Yet most American homes provide water from a single, potable source. Increasingly, concerns about climate change, and about the environmental consequences of meeting growing water supply needs, lead to the promotion of sustainable development practices. In the Pacific Northwest, these include The Living Building Challenge, which is a rigorous performance standard prepared by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council to define the closest measure of true sustainability in the built environment. A significant feature of any comprehensive strategy to promote sustainable development practices is a strong emphasis on water conservation, and on promoting water use efficiency. This includes the use of alternative water supplies, specifically reclaimed water, gray water, and rainwater. Yet, significant institutional barriers prevent the widespread use of alternative water supplies. This session will identify and discuss the regulatory barriers in Washington state to the use of alternative water supplies. The panel will use as a case study a report entitled Code and Regulatory Barriers to the Living Building Challenge for Sustainable, Affordable, Residential Development (SARD), prepared by the Cascadia as a demonstration project to identify barriers to permitting “net zero water use” projects in Clark County, Washington. Joe Mentor, Mentor Law Group, PLLC, will present an overview of the legal framework in Washington for the use of alternative water supplies, and will moderate the panel. Joel Sisolak, Cascadia’s Washington State Director, will describe the Clark County study, and will identify key obstacles. Ginny Stern, Safe Drinking Water Division, Washington State Department of Health, will discuss barriers to the use of gray water. Kurt Unger, Washington Department of Ecology, will discuss barriers to the use of rainwater and reclaimed water. Dale Wentworth, Member, Washington State Building Code Council, will discuss treatment of alternative water supplies under the Washington State Plumbing Code. 

Moderator – Robert Chandler

Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA


Building a Foundation for Coordinated Water Quality Monitoring in the Klamath River Basin - Chantell Royer, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA (co-authors: Andrew P. Stubblefield, Steve Steinberg, Terry Uyeki, Sara Eliason)


Watershed Specific and Regional Scale Suspended Sediment Load Estimates for Bay Area Small Tributaries - Mikołaj Lewicki, Polish Geographical Survey, Wroclaw, Poland (co-author: Lester McKee )


Spatial and Temporal Variations in Model Performance at Different Soil Data Resolution - Harsh Vardhan Singh, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (co-author: Latif Kalin)


Rewriting Seattle’s Stormwater Ordinance - Robert Chandler, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle, WA (co-authors: Judy K. Nishimoto, Craig P. Doberstein)

Moderator – W. Dean Hively

U.S.G.S. Eastern Geographic Science Center, Beltsville, MD


Erosion and Sedimentation Associated with Tracked Vehicle Training at Ft. Knox, KY - Jon Schoonover, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL (co-authors: Karl W.J. Williard, Jackie Crim)


Agricultural Water Needs Assessment and Multi-Benefit, Multi-Party Solutions in Northwestern Colorado - Matthew Bliss, CDM, Denver, CO


Riparian Buffer Impacts on Water Quality at the Watershed Scale - Julia D. Friedmann, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL (co-authors: Charnsmorn R. Hwang, Jon E. Schoonover, Karl W.J. Williard)


Relating Nutrient and Herbicide Fate with Land Use Parameters in the Tuckahoe Creek Sub-Basin of the Choptank River, MD - W. Dean Hively, U.S.G.S. Eastern Geographic Science Center, Beltsville, MD (co-authors: Cathleen Hapeman, Laura McConnell, Greg McCarty, Ali Sadeghi, David Whitall)

Panel Moderator – Lisa Chang

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Seattle, WA


Panel Participants


JStephen Stanley
Washington Department of Ecology, Bellevue, WA
Barbara Woods
Thurston County, Water and Waste Management, Olympia, WA
John Konovsky
Squaxin Island Tribe, Shelton, WA
Greg Rabourn
King county Water and Land Resources, Seattle, WA
Doug Peters
Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia, WA



In various areas around the country, local governments are attempting to manage the patterns of development to ensure long-term protection of vital watershed processes and resources even as they gain population. This is true in the Puget Sound area as well. It has also been observed that in the Puget Sound area, there is a need both to improve our understanding of what actions will produce the best results and to more effectively share knowledge that jurisdictions already have or are gaining.
The purpose of this panel session is to showcase several examples of how local jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region have been working to integrate the protection of watershed processes and services to guide and support land use and planning processes facing them. Outcomes of the session include a greater awareness among attendees of:

• Case studies where this work is occurring in the Puget Sound region
• Common steps, basic framework, and tools and concepts useful in supporting this work

Panel Session:

  1. Welcome and Introduction – Stephen Stanley, Department of Ecology
  2. Presentations by Local Jurisdictions

    • Barbara Wood, Thurston County – landscape characterization in Thurston County
    • John Konovsky, Squaxin Island Tribe – social marketing and bacteria source controls in Oakland Bay
    • Greg Rabourn, King County – targeted stewardship in the Snoqualmie Basin
    • Doug Peters, Washington State Department of Commerce – Puget Sound-wide context; and risk management, adaptive management, and other supporting tools and concepts

3. Moderated Panel Discussion
4. Wrap-up – Stephen Stanley, Washingon Department of Ecology 



Thursday / November 12 / 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions 71, 72, 73, 74, 75

Moderator – Art Miller

AECOM, State College, PA


Coastal Flood Risk: Estimating the Influence of Climate Change - David Divoky, AECOM, Atlanta, GA (co-authors: Sunanu Agbley, Steve Eberbach)


Designing for Climate Change, Impacts to a Creek Restoration Project, City of Toronto, Ontario. - Wolfgang Wolter, AECOM, Kitchener, ON, Canada (co-authors: John Parish, Bruce Kilgour)


An Integrated Approach toward the Journey to Sustainable Development - James Weinbauer, AECOM, Stevens Point, WI


Carbon Footprint as a Strategic Tool - James Weinbauer, AECOM, Stevens Point, WI

Moderator – Ryan Edison

AECOM, Grand Rapids , MI


Finding Water Quality Advantages for New York City’s Proposed Kensico Reservoir Water Supply Intake by Using 2D/3D Numerical Surface Water Quality Models - Ryan Edison, AECOM, Grand Rapids, MI (co-author: Eric Cole)


Unpacking Participation: Social Learning in Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Drinking Water Source Protection in Ontario, Canada - Gemma Boag, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom



Surface Water Quality and Microfiltration Membrane Material Properties: Effects on Membrane Fouling - Erin McDonald, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK (co-authors: Silke Schiewer, William Schnabel)

Moderator – Alan Black

HNTB Corporation, Bellevue, WA


Potential Economic Impacts of Aquatic Invasive Species at Lake Tahoe - Ridge Robinson, Tetra Tech, Inc., Seattle, WA (co-author: James Carney)


Zebra Mussel Invasion and Zooplankton in a Great Plains Reservoir: A Cause for Concern? - Andrea M Severson, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (co-author: Craig P Paukert )


Effects of Stream and Elevation Resolution on Riparian Metrics and Restoration Site Identification - Jay Christensen, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ORD-NERL, Las Vegas, NV (co-author: Donald Ebert)


The Role of Movement to Stream Salamander X Fish Coexistence: On a Road to Nowhere? – Adam Sepulveda, University of Montana, Missoula, MT (2nd Place winner of AWRA Montana State Section Conference Student Presenter Competition)


Stream Community Responses to Riparian Recovery in an Agricultural Watershed - S. Conor Keitzer , Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (co-author: Reuben Goforth)


Panel Moderator - Wayne Wright

GeoEngineers, Inc., Tacoma, WA


Experts with the Endangered Species Act and regional policies will share their insights about species recovery and how we are defining recovery in the Pacific Northwest. We will explore how species recovery is defined and discuss various perspectives about species recovery. Invited speakers are: Power Planning Council Representative TBD Tribal Representative TBD Legal/Regional Representative Will Stelle - K&L Gates - A nationally recognized authority in endangered species issues, he spearheads the firm's Endangered Species Act practice group, which advises large and small public and private clients locally and nationally on ESA–related compliance issues. NOAA Representative Bruce Suzumoto - head of NOAA Fisheries' hydro division in Portland USFWS Representative Rollie White/TBD – Division Supervisor Responsible for conservation and recovery of species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act; Section 7 consultations; recovery planning implementation; recovery permits; listing, delisting, and critical habitat designations; 5-year reviews; candidate species assessments; and support for scientific research. 

Moderator – Cleve Steward

AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc., Lynnwood, WA


Hydrography Mapping between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico - Jeff Simley, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO (co-authors: Pete Steeves, Paul Kimley)


CHANGE (Climate and Hydrology Academic Network for Governance and the Environment) - Gregg Garfin, Institute of the Environment, Tucson, AZ (co-authors: Nancy Lee, Terry Rolfe)