Dear Colleagues:

It's time for WPPA's Fall Environmental Seminar.  As you know, these events provide participants with a relaxed venue to learn about environmental issues and reconnect with friends in the port community.  In addition to presentations by experts, this year's agenda is full of the peer-to-peer interactions that have time and again proven so valuable.

This year's seminar will be held at Campbell’s Resort in Lake Chelan. We begin the morning of Thursday, September 26 and will conclude by noon on Friday, September 27.

Thank you and we hope to see you in Lake Chelan!


 - Gerry O'Keefe, WPPA Senior Director, Enivronmental Policy



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

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Meeting Location:

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

Will I receive a confirmation of my seminar registration?

Confirmation of on-line registrations will be sent via email within 48 hours.  The confirmation will be sent to both the Attendee and Admin email addresses shown in the registration section.  If you do not receive a confirmation within 2 days, please do not hesitate to call 360-943-0760.

What is the dress code?

Dress is business casual.

Hotel Information:

Sleeping room rates at Campbell’s Resort are $148 for a “Traditional Guestroom” to $188 for a “Deluxe Guestroom,” for single or double occupancy plus applicable taxes and fees. (Lodging for Pre-Conference Dates {9/22-23/24/2019} are Traditional - Deluxe: $148 - $188; Lodging for Post-Conference Dates {9/27-28/2019} are Traditional - Deluxe: $192 - $226.)

Reservations can be made directly with the hotel by calling (800) 553-8225 (use Group Reservation Number: 509372).  When you call in, please remember to specify that you are with the Washington Ports Association to be assured of the group rate.

You must cancel your room with the hotel at least 7 days prior to your arrival or you will be charged one night’s stay plus taxes.

Check in is 4:00 pm, check out is 11:00 am.

To be assured of a room at this rate, you must make your reservation by August 26, 2019, the lodging cut-off date

(we have a limited number of rooms set aside at this rate so please make your reservations right away to be sure that you get a room.  In our contracted block, we have 53 rooms held each night (Wednesday, 9/25/19 and Thursday, 9/26/19).  It is possible that the room block sells out PRIOR to the cut off date; Call early to assure you reserve a room).

If you need directions to Campbell’s Resort, click here to be redirected to a map where you can enter your address and get directions:  Directions.

Is there a registration deadline?

The WPPA seminar registration deadline is September 20, 2019.  

What are the registration fees?

Please refer to the registration page. 

What does my registration fee include?

Your WPPA registration fee includes everything listed on the agenda.

Can I bring a guest and what portion of the event can they attend?

Yes you can bring a guest!  Guests are invited and encouraged to attend the Thursday evening reception and there is no additional fee.  The breakfasts and lunch during the meeting are for the registered attendees only, not guests.

Do I need to register my guest?

Yes, please register your guest.  There is a place on the on-line registration form to register them.  This helps us to ensure that we order the proper amount of food for our evening reception.

I have food allergies/I’m a vegetarian. How do I let you know this?

There is a comment section on the registration form.  PLEASE note this information so we order meals that are proper for your needs!  If you have any challenges with the form or have any questions, please contact Missy Goodell and she will be happy to help:  mgoodell@washingtonports.org or 360-943-0760. 

Do we receive Legal or Educational Credits for this seminar?

Yes, 6.25 credits have been approved (3.75/Legal and 2.50/Other). Activity ID 1113329.

What if I have to cancel?

A $75 administration fee will be charged for cancellations received after September 20, 2019 and for registrants failing to show.