Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

Lunch & Learn: Willamette Water Supply Program Permitting Strategy: The No Surprises Approach

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • PORTLAND: David Evans and Associates, 2100 SW River Parkway; SEATTLE (Webinar): Anchor QEA, 720 Olive Way, Suite 1900

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Bring a lunch and join us for this exciting lunch and learn webinar and presentation on the Willamette Water Supply Program Permitting Strategy: The No Surprises Approach. The program will be held in-person in Portland and webcast to Seattle. Our presenters include:

  • Niki Iverson, Water Resources Manager, City of HIllsboro and the Willamette Water Supply Program
  • Jennifer Miller, Senior Project Manager and Permitting Strategist, David Evans and Associates, Inc.
This presentation will highlight how Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Hillsboro are partnering to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional water supply source.  The new Willamette River water system will be one of Oregon’s most important projects—designed to supply water to more than 300,000 residents and some of the state’s largest employers for the next 100 years.  It is also one of Oregon’s largest infrastructure projects, including over 30 miles of pipeline, new raw water treatment facilities and associated storage. This additional source improves regional water reliability and redundancy so that if one source is restricted or unavailable, another source can be used. 


Planning and permitting for the Willamette Water Supply is underway, but it will take over a decade to develop the system. Planning, engineering, financing, public outreach and permitting requirements are strategically coordinated since the pipeline will travel through numerous jurisdictions in an area with complex resource considerations. This presentation will provide an overview of the project and describe the benefits of a “no surprises” approach to the permitting strategy: engaging early with regulatory agencies, implementing an “avoid, minimize, and mitigate” strategy and developing a net environmental benefit package.

If you have any questions about the Portland event, please reach out to Jason Medema at Jason.Medema@deainc.com

If you have any questions about the Seattle event, please reach out to Josh Jensen at jjensen@anchorqea.com

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