Heathman Lodge, Vancouver
September 21 and 22, 2017

updated 9.14.17 (1:40 p.m.) – Thursday evening and other info updated
New information in RED.
PLEASE NOTE important information regarding the cruise is below in hot pink.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

8:30      Breakfast

9:00     Welcome

9:15     Emerging Environmental Issues:  Puget Sound No Discharge Zone (Charlie Costanzo, American Waterways Organization); Millenium Bulk Terminals EIS (Tom Newlon, Stoel Rives), Puget Sound Dredging (Kathy Godtfredsen, Windward Environmental), and Northwest Innovation Works Shorelines Permit (Jay Derr, Van Ness Feldman)

Experience with frustrating environmental regulatory decisions goes with the territory.  A look at recent cases gives us a chance to discuss and evaluate problems and how ports might address these challenges in the future.

10:15  Break

10:30   Waterfront Re-Development:  Improving Communities, Sustainability and Economic DevelopmentModerated by Brian Gouran

Communities remain supportive of efforts to repurpose waterfront property away from legacy industrial uses.  Cases in Wenatchee, Camas Washougal and Bellingham allow us to consider three very different approaches to meeting community needs.

Noon   Luncheon

1:30     Show Me Something Cool!  (5 minutes presentations by each Port)  

(Please send any PowerPoint presentations to Missy Goodell, mgoodell@washingtonports.org by Monday, September 18, 2017.)

2:45     Break – coffee and cookies/snack

3:00     How Changing Federal Policies and Priorities May Affect PortsBen McMakin, Van Ness Feldman

What happens in Washington DC ends up here.  The presentation will focus on the federal policy-making context and the most likely changes to environmental regulation that affect the work of ports.


6:00     Evening Cruise and Dinner on the Portland Spirit

Please join your WPPA colleagues for dinner and a cruise on the Mighty Columbia River.  (No-Host bar takes cash, credit {MC, VISA, AmEx, Discover}, and checks)

6:00 pm – Depart Heathman Lodge via motor coach to Caruthers Landing in Portland, Oregon
6:30 – 7:00 pm – Arrive Caruthers Landing / Load onto Portland Spirit
2-1/2 hours cruise time (Dinner, and full service, NO-HOST bar)
9:30 pm – Depart Caruthers Landing to Heathman Lodge via motorcoach

(Click here for directions to Caruthers Landing in case you choose to drive yourself.)

Note:  Please dress appropriately; this is a marine environment.  It is recommended that you bring a light jacket and women should avoid wearing high heel shoes.

**Important:  Photo identification is required on the cruise ship.  It must be on your person due to 9/11 security protocol.  You are not required to show the ID upon cruise ship boarding, but may be asked at the bar or by the captain.


Friday, September 22, 2017

8:30     Breakfast

9:00     Section 408 Permitting Issues – Differing Approaches in USACOE Seattle and Portland Districts (Mark Larsen, Derek Coleman, Anchor QEA)

Permits subject to Section 408 are experiencing increasing lead time to receive approval from the Corps of Engineers.  The presentation explains the process, what to expect and the differing interpretation of the law in the Corps districts offices.

10:15   Break – Coffee and treats

10:30   Stormwater ManagementModerated by Ross Dunning, Kennedy/Jenks

Three case studies give us insight into the ongoing management of stormwater permitting risks.  The panel will focus on their actions to comply with state and federal water quality requirements.

11:30   Wrap up and Adjourn

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