Concurrent Sessions

Session A


Sunday, October 20, 2019
1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Paying Peanuts for Pipes, Pumps, and Plants

Utility infrastructure maintenance and improvements costs are often met with sticker shock by decision makers and customers. This session will discuss concepts of responsible system management that lead to cost effective methods for maintaining and upgrading a utility's assets. The discussion will include ideas to generate customer support for projects and clearly communicate the cost of needed improvements.

Presenters: RosAnna Noval, Contract Manager, Rural Community Assistance Corporation; Chris Marko, Program Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality


Sunday, October 20, 2019
3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Aligning Land Use Plans and Opportunities

This session will discuss how to tailor the land use program to work in your communities.

Presenters: Melissa Murphy, Regional Development Officer, Business Oregon; Lloyd Purdy, Economic Development Manager, City of Tigard; Jeff Kernan, Planning & Development Manager, City of Coburg; Kirstin Greene, Acting Deputy Director, Department of Land Conservation and Development; Jae Pudewell, Regional Solutions Liaison, Region 2, Oregon Department of Transportation


Monday, October 21, 2019
11:00-11:50 am

Opportunity Beneath: The North Santiam Canyon from Portable Toilets to Presperity

A nearly impossible sewer project is taking shape over four small cities. Will it provide the economic boost the region so desperately needs? Join us as we plunge the possibilities in this regional recreation destination along the North Santiam River.

Presenter: Danielle Gonzalez, Economic Developer, Marion County


Monday, October 21, 2019
1:30-2:20 pm

Unlocking Water, Energy, Economic, and Environmental Benefits through Collaboration

Irrigation Modernization is a collaborative process to upgrade large-scale agricultural water delivery infrastructure with the promise of achieving significant benefits for Oregon's rural economic base. Panelists in this session will discuss the background and opportunities associated with Irrigation Modernization across Oregon with a focus on specific projects underway at the Tumalo Irrigation District near Bend and the Hermiston Irrigation District.

Moderator: Lee Ann Lawrence, Program Coordinator, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Presenters: Chris Schull, Tumalo Irrigation District; Annette Kirkpatrick, General Manager, Hermiston Irrigation District; Jed Jorgensen, Director of Energy Solutions, Farmers Conservation Alliance; Dave Moldal, Sr. Program Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon


Monday, October 21, 2019
2:30-3:20 pm

Adjusting Regionally for Resiliency: Yamhill County's Regional Water Initiative and Newport's Tsunami Resistant Marine Research Facility

Weathering the Storm: One utility's efforts towards resiliency. See McMinnville Water and Light's emergency planning efforts over the past decade, and the lessons they have learned.

The OSU Marine Studies Building is a new global model for safety and resilience. This session will provide practical approaches to planning and implementing resiliency from regional water systems to vertical evacuation sites in the event of an XXL tsunami.

Presenters: James Burke, Water Division Director, McMinnville Water and Light; Derrick Tokos, Development Director, City of Newport