GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
JUNE 15, 2016 — 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
AT CENTRAL WHIDBEY ISLAND FIRE & RESCUE
1164 RACE ROAD, COUPEVILLE, WA
Call to order Member and guest introductions
Quorum call Verification of membership
Approve Agenda Vote to approve Agenda
Introduction of special guest: Ms. Arlene Hyatt, Capacity Development Project Manager at the Washington State DOH Office of Drinking Water
Secretary’s Report Willy LaRue will present the Minutes for the March 17, 2016 General Membership Meeting. Vote to approve the Minutes.
Treasurer’s Report John Lovie will present the Treasurer’s Report. Vote to approve the Treasurer’s Report.
Theme of this meeting: JUST WHO OWNS OUR DRINKING WATER? UNDERSTANDING WATER LAW IN WASHINGTON STATE
UNDERSTANDING WASHINGTON’S WATER LAW FOR PROFESSIONALS AS WE MOVE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.
With 2015 being a year of limited water supplies and 2016 having atypical weather patterns, many citizens are asking questions about the legal requirements, challenges, and opportunities to acquiring new or alternative water sources and how the State works toward protecting rivers and streams that support threatened aquatic and wildlife ecosystems.
This presentation will discuss how water rights work in Washington State, how such rights have evolved over time, what their legal status are, and how a water right is acquired. The presentation also will explain how the needs of our natural systems are balanced with competing demands for consumptive uses, and what some of the challenges and opportunities are in acquiring access to water for future needs.
Guest speaker: Mr. John M. Rose, Hydrogeologist (and after hours Hazmat Responder!) with the Water Resources Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology
John Rose began his professional career in the US Navy where he was a navigation specialist. He later obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree from University of Oregon along with a post-graduate certification in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Washington. He had worked extensively in the mining industry in Mexico and Arizona before moving to the Pacific Northwest. He has a decade worth of experience working with groundwater studies, policy, and water law with the Department of Ecology. In addition John also is a part time member of Ecology’s Environmental Hazmat Response Team. In his spare time he enjoys boating, archery, camping and annoying his neighbors by attempting to play the bagpipes.
Floor open for questions and general discussion