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About Us

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!

WALPA is an affiliate of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), an international organization. NALMS’ mission is “to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.”

WALPA’s Mission

Our mission through WALPA 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.

WALPA Bylaws

WALPA’s Activities and Accomplishments



  • Developed a slide show about lake management
  • Sponsored aquatic plant workshops
  • Published The Washington Lake Book: A Handbook for Lake Users
  • Produced the Directory of Products, Services and Members
  • Providing technical support at lake association meetings

Policy and Legislation

  • Support for re-establishing the lake category of Ecology’s Centennial Clean Water Fund
  • Support for re-establishing Ecology’s statewide lake monitoring program
  • Provided critical input on the development and passing of the Lake Health Bill
  • Instrumental in passing legislation for Ecology’s Freshwater Aquatic Weed Financial Assistance Program
  • Instrumental in passing legislation for the Phosphorus Free Automatic Dishwasher Detergent ban
  • Instrumental in passing legislation for the Clean Fertilizers, Healthier Lakes and Rivers Legislation

Contact us

PO Box 4245
Seattle, WA 98194

WALPA Brochure

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For more information about WALPA, email us here!

For other contacts visit our Board and Committees page.


WALPA's Newsletter