Meeting Location:

Campbell’s Resort
104 W. Woodin Avenue
chelan, WA  98816


6.25 CLE CREDITS APPROVED - Activity Code: 1113329

Thursday, September 26


8:30 am       Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am       Welcome

9:15 am       The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA): A SEPA 101 for the 21st Century - Pam Xander, ESA and Tadas Kisielius, Van Ness Feldman  

Since its inception in 1971, the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) has provided agencies with substantive authority to condition a project on the basis of its significant adverse impacts.  Over time, the use of substantive authority has expanded to address evolving and vexing environmental issues of concern.  Ms. Xander and Mr. Kisielius will offer insights into how SEPA can be expected to affect port-related development projects and effective strategies to address these challenges.

10:15 am      Break

10:30 am     Communicating for Better Outcomes: Addressing Risk Head-On - Blair Paulik, PhD and Charla Skaggs, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.

Effectively communicating about health and environmental risks to skeptical communities is important and getting harder.  Ports write environmental impact statements, clean contaminated properties, comply with air and water quality regulations and lease to diverse tenants.  Any one of these actions can erupt in controversy.  How can technical professional synthesize complex information into something that is both accurate and easily understood?  How can you avoid the need to dispel inaccurate information? 

11:30 am      Washington’s Legislature: Update and Crystal Ball - Gerry O’Keefe, WPPA

The 2019 Legislature adjourned sine die on April 28th.  It was an action packed year for environmental policy-making, with new laws that range from orca recovery strategies to the structure of the Model Toxics Control Act.  Mr. O’Keefe will share insights and look ahead to 2020.

12:00 pm     Lunch

1:30 pm       Show Me Something Cool!  

Port environmental practitioners share their latest exploits. Please keep presentations to 3 or 4 minutes!

3:00 pm       Everywhere is Stormwater, but not a Drop to Drink  - Chris Hartman, Port of Port Angeles, Deanna Seaman, Northwest Seaport

Alliance, and Patrick Hsieh, Dalton, Olmsted and Fugelvand

A small port grapples with Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP) requirements related to dissolved oxygen in a challenging location.  Our largest ports are locked in high-states litigation over the scope of the federal Clean Water Act.  And a new ISGP is just around the corner.

4:00 pm      Tribal Consultations in the Environmental Permitting Process - Brent Carson or Tadas Kieislius, Van Ness Feldman

Increasingly, environmental regulators are emphasizing the need for Tribal consultations in the permitting process.  Most recently, Washington State’s Attorney General announced a new Tribal consultation policy that requires the AG's Office to obtain consent before initiating a program or project that impacts Tribes.  What is the foundation for and scope of these consultation requirements?  Do the process and outcomes differ depending on statutory authority?  How can we secure a successful consultation? 

6:00 pm       Dinner Reception

Friday, September 27


8:30 am          Breakfast

9:00 am       Next Generation Infrastructure  - Ankur Tohan, K&L Gates

Increasingly, risks facing ports include political volatility and resulting regulatory uncertainty.  What lessons have been learned from recent port-dependent large-scale infrastructure projects?  What can ports can expect in the future regarding energy policy, carbon management, and potential impacts from climate change?  How can ports take advantage of green infrastructure and the green economy, including renewable energy and the clean tech industry?

10:00 am     Break

10:15 am      Case Studies in Port/Tribal Relationships - Tony Warfield, Northwest Seaport Alliance and Russ Ladley, Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Messrs. Warfield and Ladley will share their real world experience with the collaboration and conflict that has occurred between their governments.  The discussion will explore the natural tensions in these relationships and how environmental professionals can navigate challenging terrain.

11:30 am        Wrap-Up and Adjourn