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Welcome to WALPA

WALPA’s mission is to allow diverse interests to speak with one voice to protect lakes. We encourage and support programs for lake and watershed protection, restoration and management, provide educational resources and information about lake and watershed management, and foster communication and coordination among lake and watershed stakeholders.

2017 WALPA 30th Annual Conference

Oct 11-13 in Spokane, WA

“Lakes: A Valuable Public Resource”


2017 WALPA Conference Program (updated)

(**error in program: WALPA Business Meeting – 4) WALPA 2017 review–Jim Gawel, outgoing
WALPA president; 5) WALPA 2018 goals – Rachael Gravon, incoming WALPA president)

We still have room for posters! We provide easels and backing boards (36″ X 40″), just bring your poster to hang. Email jimgawel@uw.edu if you are adding a poster so we have enough easels along.

WALPA heads east to Spokane this year to host its 30th annual conference at the Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park, located on the banks of the Spokane River.  We invite you to join fellow lake lovers to share the latest in lake research and science and lake management during talk and poster sessions.

Workshop Details

(Wednesday Afternoon, 12:00pm – 5:30pm)

To reserve a spot for the workshops, please go to the conference registration link above.

Invasive Species: Plant and Animal (12:00pm – 2:00pm, at Hotel RL)
This workshop will be a hands-on exercise designed to help participants learn how to identify invasive plant and animal species.  Participants will work with preserved specimens to identify the distinguishing characteristics.

Lake Sampling: Instrumentation and Methods (2:30pm – 5:30pm, at Lake Arthur)
This hands on workshop will allow participants to try out different water quality instrumentation and sampling equipment on a local lake. Best practices for sampling methods and tips and tricks from experienced field researchers will be covered. This workshop is being held near and on (in boats) Lake Arthur on the Gonzaga University campus. Directions to walk or drive from Hotel RL to the lake are available here: Directions to Lake Arthur. Please bring clothing for being outdoors and rubber boots if you have them.

For more conference details, please visit the conference page here!

NEW! Lake Association Map

Check out WALPA’s new Lake Association Locator! Don’t see your lake association on the map? Please send us your info and we will add you in!

Members make the difference

The Washington State Lake Protection Association (WALPA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 by a group of volunteers concerned for the future of lakes in this state. WALPA has grown to more than 200 members that include lakeside residents, lake associations, recreationists, scientists, educators, legislators, and local and state agencies. Through WALPA, separate entities with diverse interests speak with a united voice. More members give us an even louder voice – so please JOIN NOW!

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