Concurrent Sessions

Session C


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

Water—The Gold of the 21st Century

With the threat of drought, reduced snowpack, and dwindling groundwater resources ever present, it is more important than ever for communities to plan for their water future. Join us to discuss innovate regulatory approaches to meet water supply needs in the 21st century. The session will included Oregon Water Rights 101, water supply challenges around the state, and approaches to securing needed community water supply.

Presenters: Jon Unger, Program & Policy Coordinator, Business Oregon; Kerri Cope, Water Management and Conservation Analyst/Reuse Coordinator Oregon Water Resources Department; Corey Courchane, Water Right Transfer Specialist, Oregon Water Resources Department


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

Session Materials
Economic Importance of Water in the North Santiam Watershed PDF

Water Security for the Yakima River Basin's Economy, Communities, and Watersheds PDF

Accounting for the Economic Value of Infrastructure Investments

This session will explore how economic analysis can support infrastructure investment decisions by identifying economic benefits and costs of potential projects. Economic analysis provides a framework to trace the effects of infrastructure investments through changes in capital and flow of goods and services that people value thereby capturing both market and non-market sources of economic value, and identifying where, when, how, and to whom changes in economic value materialize. This approach can illuminate opportunities for a wide range of stakeholders to engage in project development, induce more productive partnerships, and can lead to more efficient and successful projects. Discussion will walk through the economic framework and illustrate its application in a variety of infrastructure projects across the Pacific Northwest.

Presenters: Sarah Reich, Policy Analyst, ECONorthwest; Laura Marshall, Economist, ECONorthwest


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

Intelligent Water Networks and Resilient Redundant Water Supplies for Coastal Communities

Join us as we as we unpack some of the valuable benefits of implementing smart water technology and community wide collaboration to develop regional water supply redundancy on the Oregon Coast.

Presenters: Adam Denlinger, SRWD General Manager; Paul Berg, Jacobs Engineering


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

Building in Water System Resilience

This session takes on two case studies. First, it will examine the steps the city of Salem has taken to safeguard its drinking water since the summer 2018 drinking water advisory for vulnerable populations. Then the city of Portland will discuss how it is building resiliency into its water system by looking at the long term capital and operational efforts it has pursued in the last couple of decades as well as a preview of future efforts.

Presenters: Dwayne Barnes, Utility Operations Manager, City of Salem; Jude Grounds, Vice President, Carollo Engineers; Chris Wanner, Director of Operations, Portland Water Bureau


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

Telling the Story for Project Funding—Clackamas County Water Environment Services and Other Transportation and Capital Infrastructure Case Studies

Shelly Parini, currently a project manager with Clackamas County Public Affairs and most recently a Vice-President at Clackamas Community College will share key tips for successful capital raising based on her unique appreciative organizing methodology and successful case studies. Be inspired and take home techniques you can apply immediately in communities of all sizes and complexity.

Presenter: Shelly Parini, Principal, Parini Connects