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  • Title: WALPA | Washington State Lake Protection Association
    Descriptive info: .. Washington State Lake Protection Association.. Welcome to WALPA.. Our mission through WALPA is to allow diverse interests to speak with one voice to protect lakes.. We encourage and support programs for lake and watershed protection, restoration and management, provide educational resources and information about lake and watershed management, and foster communication and coordination among lake and watershed stakeholders.. Members make the difference.. The Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 by a group of volunteers concerned for the future of lakes in this state.. WALPA has grown to more than 200 members that include lakeside residents, lake associations, recreationists, scientists, educators, legislators, and local  ...   please.. JOIN NOW!.. Home.. About Us.. Board and Committees.. Members Only Section.. Waterline.. Newsletter Archive.. Advertise with Waterline.. Annual Conference.. Conference Program Archive.. Lake News and Events.. Legislative Initiatives.. Current Legislation.. Past Legislation.. Student Scholarships.. Lake Resources.. Job postings.. NALMS.. Lake User Survey.. Lakes Links.. Join Donate.. Read WATERLINE.. WALPA's Newsletter.. Search This Site.. Latest Lake News.. Aquatic Invasive.. Species 2014 Legislative Regional Stakeholder Presentations.. The Department of Fish and Wildlife wants your feedback!.. For 2014, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing a comprehensive overhaul of the Aquatic Invasive Species statutes into a.. [read on].. 2013 WALPA.. PO Box 4245 Seattle, WA 98194.. Site design by.. leDoux Design..

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  • Title: About Us | WALPA
    Descriptive info: WALPA has grown to more than 200 members that include.. lakeside residents, lake associations, recreationists, scientists, educators, legislators, and local and state agencies.. WALPA is an affiliate of the.. North American Lake Management Society.. (NALMS), an international organization.. NALMS mission is to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.. WALPA s Mission.. WALPA Bylaws.. WALPA’s Activities and Accomplishments.. Communication.. WALPA Brochure.. Publishing a quarterly newsletter called the.. Hosting.. annual conferences.. Conducted a.. lake user survey.. Conducted a statewide outreach program that solicited public input for a comprehensive lake and watershed management program for Washington State.. Representing lakes  ...   and Members.. Providing technical support at lake association meetings.. Policy and Legislation.. Support for re-establishing the lake category of.. Ecology s Centennial Clean Water Fund.. Support for re-establishing Ecology’s statewide lake monitoring program.. Provided critical input on the development and passing of the Lake Health Bill.. Instrumental in passing legislation for.. Ecology s Freshwater Aquatic Weed Financial Assistance Program.. Instrumental in passing legislation for the Phosphorus Free Automatic Dishwasher Detergent ban.. Instrumental in passing legislation for the Clean Fertilizers, Healthier Lakes and Rivers Legislation.. Contact us.. WALPA.. PO Box 4245.. Seattle, WA 98194.. Download the WALPA Brochure.. For more information about WALPA,.. email us here!.. For other contacts visit our.. page..

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  • Title: Board and Committees | WALPA
    Descriptive info: Board.. Officers.. President.. : Jim Gawel.. President Elect.. : Chris Knutson.. Past President.. : BiJay Adams.. Secretary.. : Ellen Preece.. Treasurer.. : Josh Wozniak.. Directors.. Shannon Brattebo.. Karl Bruun.. Jonathan Frodge.. Randy Hadland.. Elizabeth Johnson.. Susanne Marten.. Aaron Nix.. Isabel Ragland.. Jeff Tepper.. Frank Wilhelm.. Tom Woolf.. Committees.. BY-LAWS.. Committee Members.. :.. Josh Wozniak, Jonathan Frodge, Isabel Ragland.. PUBLIC POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE.. BiJay Adams, Jonathan Frodge, Chris Knutson, Susanne Marten.. ELECTIONS.. Elizabeth Johnson, Aaron Nix, Randy Hadland.. PUBLICATIONS.. BiJay Adams, Jim Gawel, Josh Wozniak, Aaron Nix.. MEMBERSHIP.. Karl Bruun, Tom Woolf, Randy Hadland, Shannon Brattebo.. ANNUAL CONFERENCE.. Jim Gawel, BiJay Adams, Randy Hadland, Susanne Marten, Chris Knutson.. SCHOLARSHIP.. Frank Wilhelm, Ellen Preece, Isabel Ragland, Shannon Brattebo.. WEBSITE.. BiJay Adams, Karl Bruun, Susanne Marten.. Officer Biographies.. Jim Gawel, President (2012-2013).. Jim Gawel is Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering and Environmental Program Coordinator at the University of Washington Tacoma.. He teaches courses in environmental chemistry, pollutant fate and transport, and limnology, as well as other classes that examine environmental contamination and resource management in the larger social and political context.. His research interests are broad and include: (1) the fate and transport of metal contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic systems; (2) using bioindicator proteins in plants and animals to monitor physiological metal stress in the environment; (3) urban water management issues related to anthropogenic influences; (4) nutrient cycling in lakes; and (5) environmental science education.. He believes strongly in undergraduate research as an important learning experience and a valid means of conducting scientific research.. Chris Knutson, President Elect (2011-2013).. Chris Knutson is a Water Quality Planner for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks in the Water and Land Resources Division.. He was born and raised in Las Vegas but has lived in Western Washington for about 12 years.. He is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning and a minor in Environmental Science.. In his spare time he enjoys spending time outside hiking, fishing and camping, snowboarding and boating.. When not outside he and his wife can be found enjoying a good meal, sometimes even whipped up themselves! Chris’s favorite part of the job is getting to work with other individuals who share his same passions and are interested in protecting our tremendous natural resources.. He looks forward to the opportunity to work with all of you.. BiJay Adams, Past President (2012-2013).. BiJay Adams is the Lake Protection Manager for the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District where he is responsible for the management of Liberty Lake and its watershed.. BiJay s duties include implementing lake protection measures to reduce sources of water quality impairment, while providing evaluation and inspection of stormwater runoff systems, shoreline requirements, aquatic invasives, and water quality.. He also enforces district policies and regulations, promotes public stewardship through educational programs, and serves as the local liaison to the Watershed Advisory Committee, the public, and lake groups throughout Washington and Idaho.. BiJay has a BS in Geology/Hydrogeology from Lewis and Clark State College, and has nearly 15 years of work experience with lakes and streams in Idaho and Washington.. When not working, BiJay enjoys to hunt, fish, rock climb, and mountaineer.. Ellen Preece, Secretary (2011-2013).. Ellen received her B.. S.. in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 2002.. After completing a year of Americorps and working as a hydrology technician for the US Forest Service Ellen returned to school to study fresh water science.. Ellen completed her M.. in Natural Resource Sciences in 2010 at Washington State University.. Currently she is pursuing a Ph.. D.. at WSU and is focusing her research on the accumulation of cyanobacteria toxins in species of fish consumed by humans.. In addition to her personal research Ellen also works in the WSU limnology lab monitoring water quality of several lakes in eastern Washington.. Working with local Indian tribes, lake communities and lake managers Ellen helps sample lake water for nutrient analysis and is also responsible for enumerating and identifying phytoplankton collected from these lakes.. The information collected from these sampling trips is used to help make restoration decisions and to maintain good water quality in eastern Washington Lakes.. In her free time Ellen enjoys cooking, hiking, biking and traveling.. Josh Wozniak, Treasurer (2012-2014).. Josh Wozniak, a senior scientist at Herrera Environmental Consultants, brings 15 years professional experience in aquatic plant management, wetland biology, botany, and lake studies.. He has conducted work throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.. He is a professional wetland scientist and a trained diver, soil scientist, and botanist.. He specializes in the characterization and analysis of aquatic systems from fresh headwaters to the sea.. Winters are spent conducting detailed inspections of montane snowpacks.. Josh leads several components of lake management, including conducting diving surveys, plant and algae sampling, underwater  ...   quality.. In her spare time she enjoys kids, dogs, sports, and cooking specialty desserts.. Susanne Marten, Director (2012-2014).. Completed analytical assignments concerning the development of healthcare facilities and affordable housing projects for several governmental and non-profit organizations to include the City of Boston, King County, Department of Health State of Washington, multiple east Pierce County rural townships and Multicare Health Systems.. More recently, Susanne completed classes in Urban Studies and Environmental Science earning a GIS certificate with hopes to attain a degree in Environmental/Urban Studies.. Her GIS mapping projects have included an analysis of Pierce County well water susceptibility due to ground water contamination by aged underground storage tanks.. She also analyzed and mapped the probable impact to the W.. I.. R.. A.. #10 watershed if several urban annexation requests by east Pierce County cities and townships are processed.. At present, Susanne volunteers with the Pierce Conservation District and has been working with the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington on a water quality project involving a cultural exchange with Northwest and Brazilian First Nations.. She enjoys working in the out-of-doors and is accomplished at communicating with a wide array of public and private organizations, municipal officials, and community groups.. Aaron Nix, Director (2011-2013).. Aaron Nix currently serves as the Parks/Natural Resources Director for the City of Black Diamond, WA.. He did his undergraduate work at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA were he focused his studies on water chemistry and environmental science.. He’s worked on water related issues at the various jurisdictions with specific experience working on issues as they pertain to Lake Sammamish, Steele Lake, Lake Sawyer and Mill Creek in Auburn.. His graduate work focused on land management issues as they pertained to obtaining his degree in Public Administration from Seattle University in 2001.. Aaron lives in Gig Harbor with his wife Michele and his two sons Austin and Payton.. He enjoys helping coach his kids in sports and scuba diving, especially here in the Puget Sound region.. Isabel Ragland, Director (2011-2013).. Isabel Ragland is the Water Quality Coordinator for the Stream Team Program with Pierce Conservation District.. She has worked for Pierce Conservation District since 1999 coordinating the stream and lake volunteer monitoring program and other special projects, assisting with habitat restoration projects, macroinvertebrate sampling, and storm water education activities and outreach.. Isabel has a MS degree in Zoology from Auburn University.. Jeff Tepper, Director (2013).. Jeff Tepper is a Professor and Chair of the Geology Department at the University of Puget Sound.. He received his A.. B.. from Dartmouth, his M.. and PhD from the University of Washington, and then taught on the East Coast for ten years before coming to Puget Sound in 2001.. Courses he teaches include Mineralogy, Igneous Petrology and Volcanology, Environmental Geochemistry, and GeoMythology.. Jeff’s research involves geochemistry, particularly as applied to lake sediment and igneous rocks.. For the past several years he and his students have been analyzing water and sediment cores from lakes in the Tacoma area in order to better understand their water sources and reconstruct their environmental histories over the past ~13,000 years.. Away from school Jeff enjoys building things in his woodshop, Mediterranean cuisine, and visiting beaches with his wife, Carol.. Frank Wilhelm, Director (2011-2013).. Frank Wilhelm is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, in beautiful Moscow.. Frank has been interested in the outdoors and biology since being a kid when he played near and in streams and ponds in his neighborhood.. Frank combined that love for the watery outdoors with a rigorous science education that now sees him teaching limnology and undertaking research on aquatic ecosystems.. Frank joined the University of Idaho in 2007 after six years at Southern Illinois University where he also taught limnology and undertook lake restoration research.. That was preceded by a two-year post doctoral fellowship in New Zealand, and a PhD at the University of Alberta focused on high alpine lake research in the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks.. Frank s interests include the restoration of water quality in lakes for future generations, food web dynamics, cyanobacteria, and cave ecosystems.. Personal interests include being outside near, on, or in water, fishing, building and using small watercraft, biking, hiking and snowshoeing.. Tom Woolf, Director (2012-2014).. Holding a Bachelors in biology from Adams State College in Colorado and a MS in Environmental Science from Minnesota State University.. Master’s work focused on invasive plant impacts on aquatic ecosystems.. Began work for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture as the Aquatic Plant Program Manager in 2007.. Projects include aquatic plant education and survey as well as Eurasian watermilfoil and hydrilla treatment projects.. Other projects include working as part of the Idaho Invasive Species Program to develop and implement invasive aquatic species survey and prevention throughout Idaho..

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  • Title: Waterline | WALPA
    Descriptive info: June, 2013.. Remembering Dave Lamb.. WALPA lost one of our own this spring when David Lamb died in Spokane after his battle with cancer.. Many of us got to know Dave well through his WALPA work, as he volunteered for whatever job needed to get done.. Dave was born in New York but chose to live in and protect the natural resources of the Pacific Northwest.. He was a true friend of our organization.. [.. read more.. ].. Join us October 16-18 at the joint WALPA/OLA Annual Conference in Vancouver.. This is one you don’t want to miss! WALPA and the Oregon Lake Association (OLA) are teaming up to offer a joint annual conference this fall in beautiful Vancouver, Washington at the Hilton Conference Center.. A wonderful program is already taking shape for October 16-18 around this year’s theme of Collaborative Lake Management.. The Joint Conference Organizing Committee, led by WALPA’s Chris Knutson and OLA’s Paul Robertson, is busy planning sessions, brainstorming plenary speakers, and organizing social events.. OLA secured funding to offer a full-day invasive plants workshop on Wednesday, the first day of the conference, and more workshops are in the planning stages.. Legislative update: How did lakes fare in Olympia this year?.. As is often the case with the legislative process, lake advocates this year saw some success in Olympia (with SSB  ...   on Washington’s lakes throughout the year, but blooms occur most often during sunny, dry weather in late summer into early fall.. Some blooms can become toxic when the cyanobacteria produce toxins that can cause illness and even death in animals.. Even if blooms are not toxic, they can look unpleasant, smell strongly, and seriously impact recreational lake use.. The Department of Ecology administers a program that can help you identify harmful algae, learn where blooms are occurring, and stay informed.. WALPA needs you! Join the Board of Directors!.. Are you interested in helping plan the WALPA Annual Conference? Do you have good organizational skills and want to put them to use? Or do you just love lakes? Then WALPA needs you for the Board of Directors.. We need to fill the following volunteer positions in 2013: •.. (two year commitment – seven positions available) •.. (two year commitment) •.. (three year commitment – one year each as President-elect, President, and Past-President).. In This Issue:.. WATERLINE HOME.. Legislative update: How did lakes fare in Olympia this year?.. ">.. WATERLINE ARCHIVES:.. CLICK FOR A LIST OF ARCHIVES.. WATERLINE.. is the newsletter of the Washington State Lake Protection Assoc.. (WALPA).. Send submissions to Polly Freeman at.. polly_freeman@msn.. com.. Articles may be reproduced.. Please credit.. For information about the organization visit the.. WALPA home page.. Find Us on Facebook..

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  • Title: Newsletter Archive | WALPA
    Descriptive info: About the newsletter.. , the quarterly newsletter of the Washington State Lake Protection Association, advocates lake protection, values lakes as a resource, and informs members on activities of the organization.. It links varied interests in lakes and encourages readers to approach lake management from a broad perspective.. It provides information on new technology.. Articles in the newsletter include new emerging lakes issues, new technology and projects; news from state agencies about lakes programs, grants or conferences; reports from the Board of Directors about projects or issues addressed; and more.. Newsletter Editorial Committee.. The committee suggests topics and articles for the newsletter.. They may contact someone to write the article.. News is submitted to the editor for editing, formatting, printing, and finally distribution.. The newsletter is mailed to WALPA members and environmental reporters in the media.. Advertise in the Waterline.. We accept advertising from  ...   leDoux, Jacob McCann, and Josh Wozniak, Publications Committee.. Polly Freeman, Waterline Editor.. Disclaimer: WALPA reserves the right to edit story submissions for grammar and length.. Waterline Archives.. 2013.. March 2013.. June 2013.. 2012.. March 2012.. June 2012.. Sept 2012.. Dec 2012.. 2011.. March 2011.. June 2011.. Sept 2011.. Dec 2011.. 2010.. March 2010.. June 2010.. Sept 2010.. Dec 2010.. 2009.. March 2009.. June 2009.. Sept 2009.. Dec 2009.. 2008.. March 2008.. June 2008.. Sept 2008.. Dec 2008.. 2007.. March 2007.. June 2007.. Sept 2007.. Dec 2007.. 2006.. March 2006.. June 2006.. Sept 2006.. Dec 2006.. 2005.. March 2005.. June 2005.. Sept 2005.. Dec 2005.. 2004.. March 2004.. June 2004.. Sept 2004.. Dec 2004.. 2003.. March 2003.. June 2003.. Sept 2003.. Dec 2003.. 2002.. March 2002.. June 2002.. Sept 2002.. Dec 2002.. 2001.. March 2001.. June 2001.. not available.. Dec 2001.. 2000.. Dec 2000..

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  • Title: Advertise with Waterline | WALPA
    Descriptive info: The.. newsletter.. is a quarterly newsletter for the Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA).. Advertisement size and cost (per issue) and annual (4 issues).. Column Placement.. (210px wide and no taller than 500px) $300 $1000.. Article Banner.. (430px wide and no taller than 100px) $180 $600.. Production information.. is posted, ads intact, in electronic format on the WALPA web site (.. http://www.. walpa.. org/waterline/.. ) and is available in printable format and archived.. A Column Placement ad is a right-hand column ad that is 210px wide by no taller than 500px and reoccurs throughout the entire Waterline edition.. An Article Banner is an article ad that is 430px wide by no taller than 100px and is only available in one specific article.. Ads include a live link to your website.. WALPA  ...   at 72 dpi, but can also accept In-Design, AI, PSD, tiff, pdf, and eps formats.. Email ads to info@walpa.. If the ad file is large, you can mail a CD to WALPA at the PO Box listed below.. Deadlines and Publication Dates.. Feb.. 1 March 1.. May 1 June 1.. August 1 September 1.. November 1 December 1.. Payments.. Using PayPal.. Complete the online ad form and submit payment to WALPA through our verified PayPal site.. Choose your membership category.. Column Placement Single $300.. 00.. Column Placement Annual $1,000.. Article Banner Single $180.. Article Banner Annual $600.. Using Traditional Mail.. If you prefer to mail payment, please complete the.. Waterline ad form.. and sent it to to following address:.. For more information,.. email us here.. Thank you for advertising with us!..

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  • Title: Annual Conference | WALPA
    Descriptive info: 2013 WALPA Conference.. Save the date for next October’s joint lakes conference.. Mark your calendars now for October 16-18, 2013! That’s the date set for the annual conference of the Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA) and the Oregon Lakes Association (OLA), whose theme, appropriately, is.. Collaborative Lake Management.. The tentative schedule for the conference, which will be held at the Hilton in Vancouver, Washington, includes pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, October 16, with technical and poster sessions slated for October 17 and 18.. Planning is still  ...   also contact Chris Knutson, WALPA Conference Chair, at.. (360) 990-5005.. or.. chris.. knutson@kingcounty.. gov.. , or OLA Conference Chair Paul Robertson at.. (541) 994-5330.. lake.. manager@dlwid.. Learn more about WALPA at.. www.. or about OLA at.. oregonlakes.. More information about the Hilton is available.. here.. Register now!.. To register (and become a WALPA member automatically), sign up on the Oregon Lake Association s website.. (.. org/Events?eventId=631940 EventViewMode=EventDetails.. ).. Please send your ideas for speakers, poster presenters, workshops, social events, vendors, or sponsors to Chris at.. Chris.. Knutson@kingcounty..

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  • Title: Conference Program Archive | WALPA
    Descriptive info: 2012 Conference.. The 25.. th.. Annual WALPA Conference on October 24-26 in Wenatchee was a great success thanks to all its sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, speakers and attendees! For those who couldn’t make it, let me fill you in on what you missed.. Nearly 100 WALPA members attended, representing a wide array of federal, state, tribal, county and municipal agencies responsible for lake management as well as university faculty and students, analytical labs, lake associations, consulting companies, NGOs, lake management companies and companies demonstrating the latest monitoring methods and technologies.. This is one of the few conferences I know that brings together absolutely everyone working in, on and for a natural resource issue.. That makes the WALPA Conference an outstanding place to network! I always come away from this meeting with new ideas for lake management, new collaborators to work with, new monitoring techniques to try, and new contacts to call after the tables are broken down and we have all driven back to our homes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.. The speakers this year were just stellar! As an educator I like learning new things, and like a kid in a candy shop I like it all! I saw great presentations on beavers, shiners, and algae, floating islands and alum, aquatic plants and nutrients, PCBs, mercury and cyanotoxins, invasive plants and animals, and lakes from Spirit Lake to Lake Chelan to Moses Lake to Lake Ketchum.. I really enjoyed the session showcasing student research and the presentations by past WALPA scholarship winners.. And no, it was not all work, but don’t tell the bosses! Everyone knows that if you want to find the people who do the real work of natural resource management, just look for the best watering hole! Thanks to the folks who helped stuff registration packets with one hand while holding their beverage of choice in the other.. We definitely supported the local economy by filling the longest and loudest table on Wednesday night, only to surpass that on Thursday by filling half a restaurant! On Thursday we also got a chance to rub elbows, look at posters and lake photos, and chat with the wonderful vendors and conference sponsors while sampling local wine and cider.. Thanks to Hach-Hydromet for sponsoring that social event!.. This conference also marked my transition into my new position as President of WALPA, trying to fill the VERY big shoes of BiJay Adams and Beth LeDoux.. I still get to pick BiJay’s brain as he continues on the WALPA Board for another year (at least!) as Past-President, but we will all miss having Beth there! Beth will take a well-deserved break from WALPA leadership after six years.. She is looking forward to attending the conferences and actually getting to listen to talks instead of running around behind the scenes.. We also say goodbye (for now) to Moya Joubert and Katie Messick as they end their terms on the Board, but we hope to see both of them at the conferences as well.. We say hello to our newest Board members, Thomas Woolf, Susanne Marten and President-elect Curt Carpenter (see bios in this issue), and we welcome back returning Board members Jonathan Frodge and Josh Wozniak.. For more info on all your WALPA Board members, please check out our full.. WALPA website.. While I got to hear from WALPA members at the conference about ideas for the Board to work on this next year, I would love to hear from more of our members as well! Please email me at.. jimgawel@uw.. edu.. and let me know what you are interested in.. You can also “like”.. WALPA on Facebook.. and stay connected to what we are working on and how you can help.. Some of the ideas we heard at the conference included advocating for funding for in-lake management options, developing and sustaining volunteer monitoring programs, gathering information on dredging as a management option, and disseminating outreach and education materials to members.. While I can’t promise we’ll get around to everything this year, we’ll do what we can, and we will call on some of you to participate as well.. We are still working on the location for our 2013 WALPA Conference, but we hope to see you all there.. I promise that it will be fun and well worth your time!.. 2012 Final Program.. WALPA 2012 Abstracts.. 2012 Premier conference sponsors include:.. Hach Hydromet.. - Hydrolab OTT Products.. YSI.. Washington Department of Ecology.. 2011 Conference.. (NALMS) and the Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA) teamed up on the NALMS 31st International Symposium in Spokane Washington on October 26-28, 2011.. It had been nearly 20 years since NALMS came to the Northwest, and the Convention Center, on the banks of the Spokane River, offered the perfect venue.. The symposium presented a variety of educational and technical information on the theme of Diverse and Sustainable Lake Management.. Welcoming NALMS to Spokane was Andy Billig, State Representative for Washington’s Third District in the heart of Spokane.. Representative Billig discussed his efforts as the prime sponsor of HB 1489, a bill that eliminated unnecessary phosphorous in lawn fertilizer, reducing toxic algae blooms and making waterways across the state, including the Spokane River, safer for people, wildlife, and pets.. Dr.. John Stockner, of Eco-Logic Ltd.. and the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre, kicked off the conference with a plenary talk on how lakes react to nutrient imbalances caused by both excesses and losses of needed nutrients.. Over two days, participants chose from dozens of presentations on lake issues from cyanobacteria to noxious weeds to aeration and modeling.. Four concurrent sessions full of impressive talks and information from around North America ran throughout both days of the conference.. Apart from the formal program, networking opportunities allowed people from the scientific, environmental, recreational, residential, government and other communities to compare notes on important water management issues.. At a Wednesday night reception sponsored by Hach Hydromet, attendees socialized while checking out the impressive poster sessions from students and colleagues around North America.. On Thursday, the NALMS annual banquet featured the McManus Comedies starring Tim Behrens and based on the writing of humorist Patrick F.. McManus, whose stories describe his life growing up in Idaho and eastern Washington.. With 480 attendees, the symposium was a huge success, but would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors.. These included: the US Army Corps of Engineers, Aquarius Systems, Avista, Freese and Nichols, Golder Associates, HAB Aquatic Solutions, Hach Hydromet, Herrera, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, PhycoTech, Princeton Hydro, Smith Root, Spokane County Utilities, Spokane River Stewardship Partners, Spokane Riverkeeper, Sweetwater Technologies, Tennessee Valley Authority, Washington Department of Ecology – Shorelands Environmental Assistance Program and Washington Department of Ecology – Water Quality Program.. Both members and board members of WALPA were instrumental to the success of the event as they served on the Local Host Committee, putting together an impressive list of talks and presentations, recruiting wonderful sponsors and keeping the symposium fun.. At the annual business meeting during Friday’s lunch, WALPA board members discussed possible changes to the aquatic weed permit fee and to WALPA’s membership structure (stay tuned), congratulated retiring board members, welcomed new board members, and reviewed changes to the website and Waterline.. Plenty of discussion ensued and the incoming board has a full slate of issues to contemplate  ...   plenary speech, he tackled some very difficult questions that are concerns to lake managers and residents, like who is responsible for land at the bottom of lakes and how logging has been handled in past contributed to major floods.. It was a great speaker for a year that is full of elections and political activity, even here within WALPA.. On the science side of things the first morning, members earned pesticide license recertification credits attending sessions learning about aquatic plant management issues and emerging aquatic plants, such as phragmites and milfoils (and its hybrids) susceptibility to herbicide.. Lake Modeling and Data was also a popular session that ranged from TMDL modeling to eutrophication models.. It was an opportunity for WALPA members to learn what strides have been made in lake science and what challenges face them as they try to protect and restore this valuable resource.. There were well attended sessions that focused on new/student work and community activism.. Conference attendees were treated to learning how 2007 WALPA scholarship winner, Kelly Turner spent her summer in the North Cascade alpine lakes studying benthic macroinvertebrates for her master’s thesis at Western Washington University.. WALPA members truly enjoyed hearing about student projects and meeting with the scholarship winners.. We also had the pleasure of having citizens who are directly involved with the management of their lakes come and speak to us about how a community can organize to face some to the more challenging management issues.. Some of the lakes are facing issues of noxious aquatic weeds and how the community has come together to survey, manage, and educate about the issues.. Another lake community, Crystal Lake in Snohomish County, is using money generated by community timber harvest revenues to monitor the water quality and survey their lake.. The second day was filled with lake monitoring updates, toxicity in lakes and lake management issues.. Lunch on the second day introduced the new WALPA board members and officers and included a short but productive business issues.. Arlen Harris, the WALPA lobbyist, came and talked to the group about WALPA’s work down in Olympia.. WALPA is very involved in passing two bills in this legislative session – one that is banning the use of phosphorus in residential fertilizers and the other asking the state to do a study that assess the needs of a state run lakes program.. Both of these bills were introduced last year in 2007 and will be reintroduced in 2008.. He talked about the importance of contacting your legislators and staying on top of the issues so that WALPA can pass these two very important bills (for more information go to www.. org/legislation).. The conference closed with a bang.. The room was packed, yet again, for blue-green algae talks.. Kathy Hamel, of DOE, gave a talk about the state blue-green algae monitoring program and its successes in 2008 while Joan Hardy, of DOH, gave a talk on the recreational standards set by the state for algal toxins.. Both Neil Harrington, form Jefferson County, and Ray Hanowell, Pierce County, gave talks on how toxic blue-green algae’s have affected their area lakes and what they are doing to manage it.. This was the final wrap-up session to an exciting and very informative conference.. Jacob McCann, of Spokane County, is WALPAs president-elect and conference planner.. According to the leaked planning details, the 2009 conference will be on the east side this next year, most likely in the Spokane area.. Stay tuned and we hope to see everyone in 2009!.. 2008 Conference Program.. 2008 Premier conference sponsors include:.. Hach Environmental.. Aquatechnex.. 2007 Conference.. On October 18th and 19th WALPA members gathered at Campbell’s Resort in Lake Chelan to celebrate twenty years as an organization and to hear speakers on a variety of topics.. Citizens, tribal staff, consultants, lake association members and government officials—more than 90 people altogether—attended the annual conference, this year called Lakes – Bringing Science and Communities Together.. Jonathan Frodge from King County kicked off the plenary session suggesting directions WALPA could take as we head into our next 20 years.. Senator Ken Jacobsen followed up on Jonathan’s suggestions with a presentation about developing meaningful and successful legislation.. At Thursday’s lunch, Bill Jarocki from the Boise State Environmental Finance Center spoke on Saving Time and Finding Money to Achieve Results: A Watershed Approach.. The talk focused on work his team has been doing to help people fund environmental enhancement and protection projects.. Tools available include a searchable database of financial resources for watershed restoration in Washington and other states, a planning tool to help estimate project costs and a program that allows users to implement a long term financial strategy to meet strategic goals.. Other sessions at the Chelan conference covered topics from community and volunteer work to new legislation updating the state Shoreline Master Program to the ever-popular blue-green algae.. Members also gathered for cocktails and networking Thursday night and for a business meeting at Friday’s lunch.. At the business meeting members selected new board members, met the new presidents, and asked general questions of the board and other members.. Ten vendors sponsored this year’s conference including Hach Environmental, Clean Lake LLC, AquaTechnex, TG-Eco-Logic, Aquatic Environments Inc.. , Northwest Aquatic Management, LLC, Electronic Data Solutions, Solar Bee and Cygnet Enterprises NW Inc.. These generous sponsors helped make this year’s 20th anniversary conference a great success – thank you!.. Next year’s conference is still coming together, but will be on the west side of the state in the fall Stay tuned and make space on your fall calendar now!.. 2007 Conference Program.. 2007 Premier conference sponsors include:.. Clean Lakes, Inc.. 2006 Conference.. The Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA) and the.. Oregon Lakes Association.. (OLA) held a regional conference with support of the.. and the.. Portland State University Center for Lakes and Reservoirs.. The Pacific Northwest Regional Conference was held at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon on September 13th and 14th, 2006.. This regional conference offered a unique opportunity to learn the concerns and challenges experienced by other Pacific Northwest states while forging connections among lake and resource managers, researchers, and citizens.. 2006 Conference Program.. 2005 Conference.. WALPA s 18th annual conference was held at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane, Washington, from March 30 April 1, 2005.. The conference theme was Lake Stewardship in the Pacific Northwest.. 2005 Conference wrap-up (as part of the June 2005 issue of Waterline).. 2004 Conference.. WALPA s 17th annual conference was held at the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham, Washington, from March 31-April 2, 2004.. The conference theme was Lakes Solutions for the 21st Century.. 2004 Conference Program.. 2003 Conference.. WALPA’s 16.. annual conference was held at Campbell s Resort in Chelan Washington from April 2–4, 2003.. The conference theme was Lakeside Livingand the conference included two full days (Thursday and Friday) of concurrent sessions that followed two tracks of interest.. 2003 Preliminary Program and registration form.. 2002 Conference.. WALPA s 15th annual conference on lakes, reservoirs, and watersheds was held in Olympia at the WestCoast Olympia Hotel on April 3 6, 2002.. The conference was very successful, thanks to the efforts of many.. 2002 Conference Program.. 2001 Conference.. WALPA’s 14.. annual conference was held in Spokane, Washington from April 4 through 7, 2001.. The conference theme was Lakes, Reservoirs, and Watersheds with a Special Focus on Federal Initiatives.. 2001 Annual Conference Program..

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  • Title: Lake News and Events | WALPA
    Descriptive info: For 2014, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing a comprehensive overhaul of the Aquatic Invasive Species statutes into a single chapter.. The proposal is based on recent recommendations to the Legislature by the Department and the Washington Invasive Species Council, and recommendations by the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Coalition, the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and the Western Regional Panel of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.. It also reflects the Department’s extensive experience applying existing statutory authority to respond to aquatic invasive species threats.. The proposal focuses primarily on managing threats from aquatic invasive species but is worded to permit the incorporation of provisions related to terrestrial (land-based) species in the future.. In addition, funding options for increased aquatic invasive species prevention efforts will be reviewed.. If you would like to learn more, please plan to attend one of the following presentations:.. Monday, July 29, 2013.. Olympia.. Natural Resources Building, Room 172, 1:30-3:30pm.. 1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA.. Wednesday, July 31, 2013.. Wenatchee.. Confluence Technology Center, 2:00-4:00pm.. 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, WA.. Thursday, August 1, 2013.. Bellingham.. Bellingham Library Lecture Room, 6:30-8:30pm.. Bellingham Public Library.. 210 Central Avenue, CS-9710, Bellingham, WA.. Monday, August 5, 2013.. Spokane.. CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 1:30-3:30pm.. 2426 N.. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA.. For an advance copy of the legislation and for additional information on aquatic invasive species, please visit:.. http://wdfw.. wa.. gov/ais/.. New Zealand Mudsnails.. New Zealand mudsnails,.. Potamopyrgus antipodarum.. , are freshwater invaders from New Zealand.. They were first found in the United States in southern Idaho in 1987.. Closer to home, they were found in the Columbia River estuary in 1996, the mainstem  ...   into the hands of those who would find them most useful.. These could be homeowners contemplating changes to their waterfront, permit staff, shoreline planners, practitioners, contractors, and others.. Please take a look below to learn what s available.. Then let us know if you can use them and whether you would like hard copies of the factsheets or booklet.. If you have ideas about additional people we should contact about these resources and/or meetings/events/audiences we should be reaching out to, please let us know that too.. The materials are:.. Two attached fact sheets-one on bulkheads and one on docks.. The idea is to give people the why along with the requirements.. Dock Factsheet.. Bulkhead Factsheet.. Three short (3-4 minute) videos: one with fish scientist Roger Tabor explaining how young salmon use the shoreline, and two featuring shoreline homeowners talking about their green shorelines.. Please link to them from your website or blog:.. Roger Tabor, US FWS.. youtube.. com/watch?v=3Vkj3rUPSJQ feature=plcp.. Terri Olson Miller, Lake Washington property owner.. com/watch?v=QZWrSB32_ps feature=plcp.. Joanna Buehler, Lake Sammamish property owner.. com/watch?v=U5bn15_jt5U feature=plcp.. A green shorelines blog , especially useful for practitioners, that provides answers to frequently asked questions, technical details about shoreline projects and more.. Find it at:.. http://greenshorelines.. wordpress.. com/.. Copies of the comprehensive Green Shorelines guidebook on bulkhead alternatives if you need more.. Contact Linda Grob at.. linda.. grob@kingcounty.. gov mailto:linda.. for copies.. The Green Shorelines website.. Find it all here.. Link to it from your website or blog:.. govlink.. org/watersheds/8/action/GreenShorelines/default.. Please let us know your thoughts on making the best use of these resources and help us get the word out to others who could use them.. Thanks!.. For more information..

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  • Title: Legislative Initiatives | WALPA
    Descriptive info: WALPA s Bill Watch Legislation:.. During the March 5, 2013 Board of Directors meeting both SB 5702 ( An ACT relating to aquatic invasive species) and SB 5596 ( An ACT authoring certain code cities to take action necessary to remove harmful sediment from the deepest portions of any lake located within the boundaries of the code city ) were reviewed.. The Board agreed to support SB 5702 but it is opposed to SB 5596.. The WALPA Board of Directors encourages all WALPA members and concerned citizens to express their opposition to SB 5596.. Once you have had the opportunity to review SB 5596 please consider sending the following message to your legislators:.. This letter/email is written to inform you that as a member of the  ...   possible benefits and dangers of such an invasive technique.. Most code cities do not have the resources or expertise to prevent the inherent complications and liabilities associated with this bill.. While we applaud the intent to address ongoing water quality problems in State of Washington lakes, we believe that current safeguards are necessary and should not be bypassed.. WALPA SUPPORTS.. SB 5702.. WALPA OPPOSES.. SB 5596.. WALPA IS NEUTRAL.. no current listings.. For a list of WALPA s current Legislative Initiatives, please visit our.. CURRENT LEGISLATION.. page for more information or.. email WALPA.. Find your Legislators.. Please contact your legislators.. Following the link below will make it easy to find WA State Legislator contact info based on your home address or a WA map.. http://apps.. leg.. gov/DistrictFinder/statewide..

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  • Title: Current Legislation | WALPA
    Descriptive info: Requiring a Comprehensive Lakes Management Strategic Plan.. Current Status and Needs.. Due to the lack of a statewide coordinated program, the.. de facto.. approach during the past several years has been to manage problems on a lake by lake basis, funded by grants obtained by the most successful legislators for their perspective districts.. Many of these projects have resulted in successful lake restorations, but several grants of questionable scientific, restoration, or protection value have been funded as well.. This approach sometimes provides local benefit in the void created by the lack of a statewide program, but works against the creation of a broader statewide program.. It is irresponsible to manage a valuable resource in this piecemeal fashion via lawsuits and legislation driven by user conflicts.. Recent projects have largely, if not exclusively, focused on nutrient control.. Although nutrient control remains a primary concern in lakes across Washington, there are other issues that require a much broader view than can be effectively addressed on an individual lake or watershed basis.. Issues of climate change, biodiversity, invasive species, endocrine disrupting compounds and toxic cyanobacteria require at least a statewide, or even broader geographic approach.. The issue of conflicting needs or lost opportunities is also critical to lakes.. Because there is no program specific to lakes, opportunities are lost to protect them and they are not considered when deciding on activities or legislation that  ...   and coordination if the NPDES stormwater program is modified to address receiving water impacts.. Lakes are directly impacted by stormwater and should be considered for inclusion in the required monitoring.. Technology and financing are often not available for watershed pollution controls.. Long-term watershed solutions, even if fully implemented, will in all probability lag behind the impacts of urbanization.. This focus and lag time are institutionalized in the TMDL process with money focused on restoration instead of protection.. In summary, Washington requires a comprehensive and effective statewide lake program to identify and address lake issues, set legislative and research priorities, and support local lake protection efforts.. Long term watershed solutions alone are not enough if they are carried out in only the local context.. Many other states with far fewer aquatic resources than Washington have far more extensive lake protection programs.. Washington needs a coordinated program that will provide the scientific and legislative tools to protect and enhance the quality of Washington’s lakes.. This program will only enjoy the broad citizen and legislative support necessary if the protection and recovery of Washington’s lakes are placed into the broader context of protecting the shared resources of our State, and that effort is coordinated across ecoregions.. Download more information here:.. White Paper on Joint Select Committee on Lake Health.. ___________________________________________________.. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WALPA AND THE ABOVE DESCRIBED LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES:.. Email WALPA here..

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