2014 Conference & Annual Meeting

The theme of this year's conference is "Investing in our Future."

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12:15     Registration

1:00        Welcome

Vicky Scharlau, Executive Director, Columbia Basin Development League

1:10        50 Years of Support for the Columbia Basin Project

• Rufus Woods, Publisher and Chairman, The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee

1:30        Intro: A View from the Canals


Long-term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Plans

• Darvin Fales, Manager, Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District, Quincy

Coordinated Conservation Plan

• Craig Simpson, Manager, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District, Othello

Potholes Supplemental Feed Route

• Dave Solem, Manager, South Columbia Basin Irrigation District, Pasco


Keys Pumping Plant Update and Diversion Rate

• Stephanie Utter, Field Office Manager, US Bureau of Reclamation, Ephrata


2:15        Infrastructure: Meeting Rising Demand

• Dawn Wiedmeier, Area Manager, US Bureau of Reclamation, Yakima

2:45        BREAK 

3:15        Building out the East Low Canal: Construction through New Partnerships             

• Derek Sandison, Director, Office of Columbia River, Department of Ecology, Yakima

3:30        Odessa Ground Water Replacement Program

• Levi Johnson, Development Coordinator, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District, Othello

4:00        Fiscal Year 2015 to 2017: Progress, Process, and Paralysis

• State: Mike Schwisow, CBDL Director of Government Relations, Olympia

• Federal: Bob Johnson, Water Strategies, Washington DC


5:05        Reception

5:50        Door Prize Drawings

6:00        Dinner

                Invocation by: Jake Wollman Jr., CBDL Treasurer, Warden

6:45        CBDL Annual Meeting

Milt Johnston, CBDL Chair of the Board of Trustees

                Awards, Trustee election, other business

7:15        Evening Presentation—The Great Saloons of Grant County

• Mick Qualls, Owner, Qualls Agricultural Laboratory, Moses Lake

8:00        Safe Journey Home

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Columbia Basin Development League

P.O. Box 745

Cashmere, WA 98815

FAX: (509) 782-1203

2014 CBDL Conference Registration Form

2014 Conference Sponsorship Form

Thank You to our Sponsors!


Washington State Potato Commission


Northwest Farm Credit Services


McGregor Company

RH2 Engineering Inc.

Washington Fruit & Produce Company 


Qualls Agricultural Laboratory

Inland Power and Light

Conagra Foods Lamb Weston