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Tuesday, July 23 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Water Policy

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The Water Policy Working Group provides an important dialogue to address water policy issues throughout the Pacific Northwest region. By connecting with legislators, private-sector and universities, we work to identify best practices to improve water security, adaptation of climate change, and storage options. We also provide updates to the region on the Columbia River Treaty and explore linkages with other working groups, including Invasive Species.

Working Group Co-Chairs:
Senator Bill Hansell, Oregon State Legislature
David Hill, Director, Centres & Institutes & Research Advocacy, University of Lethbridge

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Innovation in Water Management
Mike Nemeth, WaterSMART Solutions Ltd., Director, Environment and Sustainability

Changing Global Freshwater Availability as Viewed from Space
Dr. Jay Famiglietti, PhD, Professor, University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability

Water Policy Legislative Roundtable 
A Round Robin panel of legislators from across PNWER will showcase water policy, legislative, regulatory, and finance issues from various PNWER jurisdictions. They will also explore how they are proposing to move forward and address these emerging challenges.
Herb Cox, MLA, Government of Saskatchewan
Rep. Mary DyeWashington State Legislature
Rep. Terry Gestrin, Idaho State Legislature
Sen. Jon Sesso, Montana State Legislature
Sen. Bill HansellOregon State Legislature

Discussion and Action Items
All participants

More details on the Working Group here. 

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Bill Hansell

Sen. Bill Hansell

Senator, Oregon State Legislature
Senator Hansell is serving in his second term in the state legislature representing District 29, which encompasses parts of seven counties located in Eastern Oregon.  His district is rural and is the third largest in Oregon, the size of the State of Maryland.Previously, Senator Hansell... Read More →
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Rep. Mary Dye

Representative, Washington State Legislature
Mary Dye has lived in the 9th District most of her life, where she operates a 3,000-acre wheat farm with her husband, Roger. They also tend to 3,000 sheep on the farm. The Dyes pride themselves on creativity and innovation in agronomic practices and advancing new technologies that... Read More →
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Sen. Jon Sesso

Senator, Montana State Legislature
Sen. Jon Sesso is currently the Minority Leader of the Montana Senate, representing District 37 and has been since 2013. He was previously a member of the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 76, from 2004 to 2013.  Jon Sesso attended the University of Wisconsin... Read More →
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Mike Nemeth

Director, Environment and Sustainability, WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.
Mike is the Director, Environment and Sustainability at WaterSMART Solutions Ltd.  He leads and manages teams under multiple lines of business to support company growth.  He manages, develops, and supports projects related to sustainable industrial development, natural resource... Read More →
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Dr. Jay Famiglietti

Executive Director and Professor, Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan
Jay Famiglietti is a professor of hydrology and Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing.  Before moving to Saskatchewan, Famiglietti served as the... Read More →
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Herb Cox

MLA, Government of Saskatchewan
Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Herb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brandon University. After graduation he moved to Saskatchewan and, while employed with a financial institution, worked in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, Swift Current, and North Battleford.Prior... Read More →
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Terry Gestrin

Representative; Invasive Species Working Group Co-chair, Idaho State Legislature
Representative Gestrin was appointed in August 2012, to fill a House vacancy in District 8. He was born in Cascade, Idaho, and earned his B.B.A. in finance from Idaho State University. In the past he has been a Volunteer Fire Chief, the Donnelly Valley County Commissioner, Chairman... Read More →
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David Hill

Director of Development, Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program; Water Policy Working Group Co-chair, Centre for Agricultural Research & Agribusiness Innovation
David Hill is jointly appointed by Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge as the Director of Development for the Southern Alberta Agriculture & Agribusiness Program. This initiative integrates academic training, fundamental and applied research from the college and university... Read More →



Tuesday July 23, 2019 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Sheraton West Room