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Tuesday, July 24 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Water Policy

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The Water Policy Working Group provides an important dialogue to address water policy issues throughout the Pacific Northwest region. By connecting with legislators, private-sector and universities, we work to identify best practices to improve water security, adaptation of climate change, and storage options. We also provide updates to the region on the Columbia River Treaty and explore linkages with other working groups, including Invasive Species.
  • Targeting research investments to achieve outcomes and resiliency in policy and practice
  • Dealing with water scarcity and variability, practical experiences in an irrigation district
  • Water resource planning and actions at the state level
  • Legislative round robin

Water Policy Working Group Session Introduction
Co-Chairs:
  • Senator Jim Honeyford, Washington State Legislature
  • David Hill, Director, Centres & Institutes & Research Advocacy, University of Lethbridge

Water Resource Planning and Actions at the State Level
Washington State has been make strides to address adaptation to ongoing changing climate, water scarcity and security, environmental performance, integration of activities with tribes, infrastructure planning and the challenges and opportunities.
  • G. Thomas Tebb,  Director, Office of Columbia River, Washington State Department of Ecology

Dealing With Water Scarcity and Variability, Practical Experiences in an Irrigation District
Roza Irrigation District is actively engaging on current and future water resource issues that impact irrigated agriculture. Learn how irrigation districts and their growers are adapting to become more resilient.
  • Scott Revell, District Manager, Roza Irrigation District

Targeting Research Investments to Achieve Outcomes and Resiliency in Policy and Practice
Alberta Innovates is leading the way in water research, from the creative work in integrated watershed management and operations at the watershed/provincial scale, to technology development in the industrial sector and the trajectory of water use in the oil sands operations. The entire scope of activities within Alberta Innovates Water Innovation programming highlights success stories and ongoing challenges and strategies to address them.
  • Brett Purdy, Executive Director of Water and Land, Alberta Innovates

R&D and Innovation: Managing Water Quality in the Elk Valley
Teck is taking an innovative approach to managing water quality in Canada’s Elk Valley through the implementation of emerging water treatment technologies coupled with a comprehensive R&D program. Learn how Teck is working to protect aquatic health across the watershed while ensuring continued sustainable mining in the region.
  • Christian Baxter, Director, Environmental Strategy, Teck Resources Limited

Water Policy Legislative Roundtable 
A Round Robin panel of legislators from across PNWER will showcase water policy, legislative, regulatory, and finance issues from various PNWER jurisdictions. They will also explore how they are proposing to move forward and address these emerging challenges.
  • Senator Jim Honeyford, Washington State Legislature
  • Senator Judy Warnick, Washington State Legislature
  • Robin Luff, MLA, Province of Alberta
  • Senator Lee Heider, Idaho State Legislature
  • TBD, Oregon State Legislature
  • Rep. Mike Cuffe, Montana State Legislature
  • Minister Ken Cheveldayoff, Government of Saskatchewan
  • Rep. Geran Tarr, Alaska State Legislature
(as of July 5, 2018)

Speakers
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Christian Baxter

Director of Environmental Strategy, Teck Resources Limited
Christian Baxter is currently serving as Director, Environmental Strategy. The focus of his role is to advance permitting and regulatory approvals for Teck’s Canadian steelmaking coal operations, and to develop and manage company-wide systems to steward Teck’s environmental performance.Prior... Read More →
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Hon. Ken Cheveldayoff

Government of Saskatchewan
Minister of Central ServicesMinister responsible for the Public Service CommissionMinister responsible for the Provincial Capital CommissionMLA for Saskatoon WillowgroveKen was first elected MLA for Saskatoon Silver Springs in 2003. He was re-elected in the 2007 and 2011 provincial... Read More →
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Rep. Mike Cuffe

Legislator, Montana State Legislature
Mike Cuffe is a native of Lincoln County, Montana. He graduated from Lincoln County High School and earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Montana at Missoula. While many people in his generation elected to leave Lincoln County to pursue jobs elsewhere, Representative... Read More →
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Sen. Lee Heider

Senator, Idaho Legislature
First elected to the chamber in 2010, Heider is chair of Idaho’s Health and Welfare committee, and is also a member of the Resources and Environment Committee. Heider earned his B.S. in Youth Leadership from Brigham Young University and his M.P.A. from Ball State University. His... Read More →
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David Hill

Program Director; Working Group Co-chair, Alberta Water Research Institute
David Hill is jointly appointed by Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge as the Director of Development for the Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program. This initiative integrates academic training, fundamental and applied research from the college and university... Read More →
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Sen. Jim Honeyford

Legislator; Working Group Co-chair, Washington State Legislature
Senator Honeyford has been a member of Washington’s Legislative Leadership for an extended period of time; serving as Republican Deputy Floor Leader (2015, 2013-14, 2011-12, 2009-10) Republican Caucus Chair (2005-06), Majority Caucus Chair (2004) and Republican Whip (2001-02). Senator... Read More →
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G. Thomas Tebb, L.h.G, L.E.G

Director, Office of Columbia River, Washington State Department of Ecology
A native of the Yakima Valley, Thomas Tebb has more than 33 years of environmental and engineering experience in both the private and public sectors. Currently, Tom is the Director for the Office of Columbia River within the Department of Ecology and maintains an office in Ecology's... Read More →
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Hon. Robyn Luff

MLA, Canadian Legislative Assembly
Robyn Luff was first elected on May 5th, 2015 as the MLA for Calgary-East.  She serves as a member on the Legislature's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, and the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services. Before being... Read More →
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Brett Purdy, PhD

Executive Director, Water and Land, Alberta Innovates
Brett is the Executive Director (Water and Land) in the Clean Energy Division of Alberta Innovates (AI). In this position, Brett works with a talented team responsible for a supporting research and innovation in the areas of integrated land management, restoration and reclamation... Read More →
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Scott Revell

District Manager, Roza Irrigation District
Scott Revell has been the manager of the 72,000 acre Roza Irrigation District in the Yakima valley since 2013.  Prior to that he was Planning Manager for the Kennewick Irrigation District for seven years. He worked in city and county land use planning from 1991 until 2007, and served... Read More →
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Rep. Geran Tarr

Representative for Alaska's 17th District, Alaska State Legislature
Representative Tarr has been serving in the Alaska State House of Representatives since 2013.  She has Bachelor’s degrees in Botany, Environmental Studies, and Women’s Studies from Ohio University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska... Read More →
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Sen. Judy Warnick

Senator, Washington State Legislature
Judy grew up on a small family dairy farm in Deer Park, Washington. She and her husband, Roy, own and operate a small business in Moses Lake. Judy and Roy have three grown daughters and eight grandchildren.  She attended Fort Wright College in Spokane, WA.  She was a state representative... Read More →



Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room 2

Attendees (6)