2017 Columbia River Regional Forum

March 17, 2017

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Hood River, OR

The purpose of this Columbia River Regional Forum is to bring planners, allied professions, policy makers and regulatory entities together to discuss this critical resource of international significance, the Columbia River. Join a discussion about the health and vitality of the Columbia River at this one day event bringing together planners, policy makers, resource agencies, legal experts and other leaders in the areas of infrastructure, energy and water quality. You will learn about new funding opportunities and partnership efforts to ensure the lasting economic and natural legacy of the Columbia River that we share in Washington and Oregon.

Up to 6 CM credits will be available for this forum!

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Governors of WA and OR invited

Infrastructure Panel


Water for People, Environment and Economy: Managing our Finite Water Resources as Washington and Oregon Continue to Grow
The Columbia is a big river with a lot of water, but how much water do we need to accommodate our growing population, water dependent industries and recreation while protecting fish and wildlife? This session will include an overview of water supply and forecasted demand in the Columbia River watershed, a discussion on the impacts of climate change and the importance of water for business and industry.

  • Dave Christensen, Washington Department of Ecology
  • Niklas Christensen, Water Resource Engineer, Watershed Professionals Network
  • J.R. Cook, Northeast Oregon Water Association

Lunch with Keynote Speaker Dr. Robert (Bo) Jacobs, Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima Peace Institute
Robert Jacobs is a Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute and Hiroshima City University. He is a historian of nuclear technologies and radiation technopolitics. He is the author of The Dragon’s Tail: Americans Face the Atomic Age (2010), (also available in a Japanese translation published by Gaifusha in 2013), and the editor of Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb (2010). He is the co-editor of Images of Rupture in Civilization Between East and West: The Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media (2016), and On Hiroshima Becoming History (forthcoming, 2017). He co-edited a special issue of the journal Critical Military Studies “Re-Imagining Hiroshima” (summer 2015). Jacobs has published and lectured widely on nuclear issues around the world.

Energy Policy and Development in the Columbia River Basin
The focus of the energy panel will be on: (1) our two states’ energy policies in relation to the Columbia River; and (2) how energy development impacts other uses along and in the river. These intertwined topics will also provide an opportunity to explore ecosystem impacts of energy projects that rely on the Columbia River resource, as well as intergovernmental coordination between our states, with the federal government and Sovereign Nations.

  • Birgit Koehler, Bonneville Power Administration, Power and Operations Planning Group
  • Tony Usibelli, Washington Department of Commerce
  • Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney, Columbia Riverkeeper
  • Todd Cornett, Oregon Department of Energy, Assistant Director for Energy Facility Siting (invited)


Closing Speakers - Tying It All Together

No Host Happy Hour


APA Member - $145
Non Member - $175


Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
1108 E Marina Way
Hood River, OR 97031

Call 800.828.7973 to make your reservation
Room rates are $91-$142 plus tax
Rates are available through February 23
Reference the OAPA to get the discounted rate

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Please contact Conference Coordinator, Stephanie Kennedy, with any questions: [email protected]

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