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Annual Conference

2018 OLA/WALPA Joint Lakes Conference

September 26-28, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland, OR

“PNW Lakes in a Changing World”



Oregon and Washington join forces again!


It’s back! The Oregon Lakes Association (OLA) and the Washington Lake Protection Association (WALPA) are once again collaborating to organize a Joint OLA/WALPA Lakes Conference. The conference will be held September 26-28, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, so put it on your calendar now!

Our last joint conference in 2013 — in Vancouver, Washington — was a great success, so the Boards of both organizations enthusiastically agreed to make this collaboration a regular thing. A joint conference allows us to share ideas across borders, form new partnerships, and brainstorm collaborative initiatives and joint research projects. Since WALPA includes both Washington and Idaho, this conference is really THE regional lakes conference for the Pacific Northwest!

It is not too early to start planning, so we are already looking for ideas for sessions, field trips, and workshops to offer during the conference. Please email your ideas to Jim Gawel (WALPA Past-President) at jimgawel@uw.edu. See you all in Portland in 2018!!!

Workshop Details

(Wednesday Afternoon, Sept. 26, 12:00pm – 5:30pm)

Details soon.

Donations for Student Scholarship Raffle/Auction

WALPA and OLA seek donations for a raffle/auction to support student research scholarships. If you are interested in donating an item or helping acquire donations, please contact WALPA President Rachael Gravon by email rachael.gravon@kingcounty.gov.

Want to Be a 2018 Conference Sponsor?!!!

After electing your sponsorship level, please contact Jen Oden at  jen.oden@snoco.org.

Bronze ($500):

Basic level package which includes company logo with link from registration and conference webpage, company name and logo printed in conference program, reserved vendor 10’x10’ display space at conference. Conference registration for one person included.

Silver ($750):

Mid-level package which includes Bronze level benefits plus story page advertising space in four editions of WALPA’s quarterly newsletter “Waterline” with distribution to 350 individuals and lake associations and reserved company banner display space near main podium.

Gold ($1,000):

Premium sponsor package includes Silver level benefits plus premier main page ad space in four editions of WALPA’s quarterly newsletter “Waterline” with distribution to 350 individuals and lake associations, inclusion of company bio/article in one “Waterline” edition and inclusion of company promotional items in the conference registration packet.

Nominations for the 2018 Secchi Disk Award!

The WALPA Board is seeking nominations for the annual Secchi Disk Award to be presented at this fall’s conference in Portland, OR. Each year WALPA recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of lake management and protection. Let us know about a lake hero who should be honored with this year’s Secchi Disk Award.


The Award is open to any individual contributing to lake science, protection, or management in Washington or Idaho. Recipients of the Secchi Disk Award must be current WALPA members, and current WALPA Board members are not eligible to receive the award.


To submit your nomination, please provide:

  1. Your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email.
  2. Full name of the nominee, present position, organization or affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email.
  3. A 200-500 word description of the nominee’s work and accomplishments.

Nominations should be submitted by email to jimgawel@uw.edu and must be received by September 1st. Send yours today!

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