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Climate Impacts to Water Conference

Click on the presentation titles below for the conference proceeding briefs. Please click on the hyperlinked text : (presentation) next to the title, to view  recorded presentations from the Climate Impacts to Water conference (January 25-26, 2017).


Wednesday, January 25


Welcome & Introduction -Joe Harrison, Washington State University (presentation)


Managing the Uncertainties of Water Supply & Quality -Stakeholder Panel (presentation)

Scott Revell, Roza Irrigation District; Les Perkins Hood River Basin Collaborative Water Planning Project; Kevin Chambers, wine grower, Oregon Wine Association; Jay Gordon, Washington State Dairy Federation; Kat Brigham, Umatilla Tribal Member; Bill Dewey, Taylor Shellfish; Mary Lou Soscia, EPA Water Quality


Parched and Drenched: Future Climate and Water Resources in the Pacific Northwest (presentation) – John Abatzoglou, Associate Professor, University of Idaho Department of Geography


Adapting to Less Water: Regional Stories of Water Conservation (presentation)

The Dry Farming Collaborative – Amy Garrett, Oregon State University Extension

Low Elevation Spray Application – Steve Shively, Shivley Custom Farming

The time is right to optimize your irrigation system – Jac le Roux, Irrinet, LLC


Review of Climate impacts on Water Management within Washington, Oregon & Idaho in Recent Years (presentation)

Washington – Jeff Marti, Drought Coordinator, Washington State Department of Ecology

Oregon – Lanaya Blakely, Oregon Water Resources Department

Idaho – David Hoekema, Hydrologist, Idaho Department of Water Resources


Remote Sensing, Satellite & Surface Observations to Support Improvements in Agricultural Water Management (presentation)

Forrest Melton, Sr. Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center & California State University Monterey Bay


Track : Water Quality

Riparian Proper Functioning Condition and Washington Service Team Primer – Tip Hudson (presentation)

Use of Poplar for Storm Water Management – Bob Simmons (presentation)

Geospatial Analysis and Pesticide Modeling in Oregon PSP Watersheds – Philip Janey (presentation)

Salmon Populations Under Stress: How Various Stressors, Including Climate Change will Impact Salmon in the Future

John Stark (presentation)

Invasive Species, Climate Change and Water Quality in the Pacific Northwest – Sharon Collman (presentation)


Track : Projected Impacts to Climate Change


Water in 2035: Water Supply and Demand Forecast for the Columbia River Basin – Kirti Rajagopalan

Timing is Everything: Implications of a Changing Hydroclimate for Water Availability, Growing Seasons and Irrigation Demand – Margaret Matter

Hood River Water Conservation Strategy: Achieving Long-term Water Resource Reliability for Agriculture and Local Fish Populations – Cindy Thieman

The Double Whammy: Changing Rangeland Uses Interact with Climate to Affect Northwest Waters – Linda Hardesty

Effects of Drought on Farm Revenue: Eleven Western U.S. States– Ballav Aryal


Thursday, January 26


The Hirst Case (WA): An Opportunity to Integrate Land Use Law & Water Law to Prepare for Climate Change

Jean Melious, J.D., Western Washington University


Climate Implications to Groundwater Supply in the Pacific Northwest

Matt Bachmann, USGS Washington Water Science Center


Policy Implications of Climate Change on Water Supply Management

Susan Adams, Executive Director, Washington Water Trust; Tom Tebb, Director, Washington State Department of Ecology, Office of the Columbia River; Dan Haller, Aspect Consulting


Food for Thought: Impacts of Climate Change for Agriculture in the Columbia River Basin

Mike Brady, Washington State University School of Economics; Kirti Rajagopalan, Washington State University Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources


Keeping Up with Research and Extension Efforts in the Pacific Northwest

National Water and Climate Center – Mike Strobel, Director

Northwest Climate Hub – Bea Van Horne, Director

NIDIS Drought Early Warning System John Stevenson, PNW Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Natural Resources/NW WA Research & Extension Center – Chad Kruger, Director

University of Idaho Extension – Jim Ekins, Area Water Educator

Northwest Climate Toolbox – John Abatzoglou, Associate Professor, University of Idaho Department of Geology


Drought Impacts: Turning Experience into Data

Kelly Smith, Communication Coordinator, National Drought Mitigation Center


2015 Post Drought Assessment

Gary Bahr, Natural Resources Assessment Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture


Track: Water Efficiency & Conservation


On Farm Opportunities for Water & Energy Conservation – Fred Vosper

Low Elevation Precision Application (LEPA) and Low Elevation Spray Application (LESA) in the PNW – Dick Stroh

Water Conservation Opportunities through Low Elevation Spray Application – Troy Peters

Opportunities for Funding Water & Energy Conservation – Robert Wallace

Agriculture Resilience Planning – Abid Sarwar

Advancing Drought Monitoring Using a Small Unmanned Aerial System for Irrigated Agriculture – Jae Ryu


Track: Regional Water Management


Can Biochar Conserve Water in Pacific Northwest Soils? – Claire Phillips

Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation – Bob Austin

Agriculture Resilience Planning – Cindy Dittbrenner

Evaluating Landscape Ornamentals for Un-irrigated Landscapes in Western Oregon – Neil Bell

Community Learning & Water Resources Improvements – Jim Ekins

Performance of Porous Pavements Under Controlled Conditions in Western WA – Ani Jayakaran


Track: Washington Riparian Team Interest Workshop

Tip Hudson

This workshop will familiarize potential future Washington Riparian Team members with the objectives of the team, opportunities to receive training, and fundamentals of the nationally recognized PFC assessment process.

State service teams, operating under the Creeks and Communities Network, use Riparian Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) as a communication tool to organize diverse groups around a common goal for a stream system by focusing on physical function of streams. Members of the Washington Riparian Team will serve as a pool of trained individuals from a variety of natural resource disciplines who will assemble as needed in interdisciplinary teams to conduct formal PFC assessments and communicate with local problem-solving groups and agencies.



Empowering Precision Irrigation with Data – Dan Berne

Managing Street Tree Canopy and Composition as a Means to Reduce Urban Air and Runoff Temperatures in Portland, Oregon – Lauren Burns

Assessment of Non-Point Source Phosphorus Pollution Potential in the Increasingly Urbanized Puget Sound Region

Nannette Huber

Farmer to Farmer: Multimedia Case Studies to Increase Resilience among Farmers in the Pacific Northwest – Chad Kruger

Reducing Exposure to Environmental Hazards by Promoting Domestic Well Water Safety – Chrissy Lucas

Timing is Everything: Implications of Changing Hydroclimate for Water Availability, Growing Seasons and Irrigation Demand

Margaret Matter

WSU WISE – Don McMoran

Climate Change Effects on Grazing Management and Beef Cattle Production in the Pacific Northwest – Shannon Neiburgs

AgClimate Network CC Impacts to Water Proceedings Paper – Brooke Saari

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