Agenda for the Puget Sound Region Agricultural Drainage Conference

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The agenda will be updated as panelists and presentations are confirmed.

Register for the conference here by February 1st.

Confirmed presentations/panels:

Ryan Bartelheimer, Snohomish Conservation District (and former Drainage District Commissioner): “Case Study: Can drainage pumps and fish co-exist?”

This presentation will include a summary of lessons learned working with districts that needed to safely move fish through their pump systems. The emphasis will be on projects where grant funding was used to pay for upgrades on small pump stations that supplement the use of gravity drainage through tide-gated culverts. In these situations, no fish screens were used and pumps were chosen that were designed to safely allow fish to be pumped through them.

Crystal Raymond, UW Climate Impacts Group, and Cindy Dittbrenner, Snohomist Conservation District: How climate change will impact Puget Sound agricultural drainage and water management, and what one CD is doing to develop an agricultural resilience plan.

Also on the agenda:

  • A panel discussion among farmers in the Puget Sound Region sharing their perspective of challenges and opportunities for improving agricultural drainage.
  • A panel discussion featuring managers from multiple Regional drainage management organizations, sharing their experience leading the way towards improved agricultural drainage management.
  • Brief presentations on “Issues to Track”, including the Hirst Decision and the Culvert Decision.
  • Meet & Greet networking session for Drainage or Irrigation District Commissioners.

Puget Sound Region Agricultural Drainage Conference

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The first Puget Sound Region Agricultural Drainage Conference will be held on Wednesday February 6th, from 8:30am-4:30pm at Allmendinger Hall on the WSU-Puyallup Campus: 2601 West Pioneer Ave, Puyallup WA 98371.

Are you a Drainage District Commissioner? Do you work for a Conservation District, County Ag Program or Surface Water Management division, or a non-profit organization, and deal with agricultural drainage or water management issues? Do you live/work in the Puget Sound region? This conference is for you!

The first Puget Sound Region Agricultural Drainage Conference, hosted by WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be a day for staff and District Commissioners from regional organizations working on agricultural drainage issues to share challenges, solutions, lessons learned, and begin to set the stage for potential future collaborations, research efforts, or conversations. The day will feature interactive panels, relevant discussions, and ample time for networking and meeting folks working on similar issues.

For FREE registration, please RSVP here.

A working agenda is available here.

This Conference is hosted by*:

Funding for this Conference comes from*:

Conference Sponsors include:




Pierce Conservation District, King County’s Agriculture Program and Pierce County’s Agriculture Program

*This conference is supported by the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) and the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE). This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2017-38640-26916 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number 201207-511. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.