Conference & Annual Meeting

2018 Conference & 54th Annual Meeting

The Columbia Basin Project:
Momentum in the Face of Challenge


Thursday, November 1, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

ATEC, Big Bend Community College
Moses Lake, WA


Members:   $90 after Oct. 11
Non-Member:   $125 after Oct. 11

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Full Agenda:

9:00 AM Registration

9:45 AM Welcome

10:00 AM

Water Delivery: More Than Turning a Valve
Speaker: Marc Maynard, Ephrata Field Office Manager, USBR

10:25 AM

View from the Canals Panel (topics include: Pasco Pump Lateral Project, CBP water quality and water conservation efforts and successes)
Speaker: John O’Callaghan, Assistant Manager, Technical Services, SCBID
Speaker: Craig Gyselinck, Environmental Assistant Manager, QCBID
Speaker: Nate Andreini, Assistant Manager for Technical Services/District Engineer, ECBID

11:30 AM

Columbia River Treaty: Washington State's Considerations and Role in Negotiations
Speaker: Tom Tebb, Program Director, Dept. of Ecology, OCR

11:55 AM Lunch Buffet

12:30 PM 54th Annual Meeting & Awards

1:05 PM

Power for Water: Meeting Infrastructure Needs
Speaker: Christina Wyatt, Manager of Power Supply & Systems Planning, Big Bend Electric

1:30 PM

Dialogues from the Odessa Ground Water Replacement Program Panel (topics include: completion of East Low expansion and major structures; bridges team report; and landowner perspective and decisions)
Moderator: Melissa Downes, Technical & Policy Lead, Dept. of Ecology, OCR
Speaker: Jed Crowther, Development Coordinator, ECBID
Speaker: Nate Andreini, Assistant Manager for Technical Services/District Engineer, ECBID
Speaker: Stephen McFadden, Economic Development Director, Adams County
Speaker: Clark Kagele, Manager, Kagele Family Farms LLC

2:35 PM

Federal Politics, Elections, Projections, Oh My!
Speaker: Ian Lyle, Director of Government Relations, Water Strategies LLC

2:55 PM Break

3:00 PM Keynote (more details coming soon!)

3:35 PM

Project Advocacy in a Challenging Political Environment
Speaker: Mike Schwisow, Director of Government Relations, CBDL

4:00 PM Networking & Raffle (be sure to bring cash for your chance to win!)

4:30 PM Safe Journey Home

2018 Award Nominations:

Nominations are closed. Look forward to honoring our 2018 award recipients at the 2018 Conference & 54th Annual Meeting on Nov. 1. Be sure to register!


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Julie Brezicha at or 509.782.9442 for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Conference sponsorship offers unique industry exposure and provides a special way to support the ongoing work of League. Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels and offer opportunities for onsite signage, ads in the program, recognition from the stage, and more.

We couldn't put on an incredible event each year without the generous support of our sponsors.

Thank you to our 2018 Conference sponsors!

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