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Annual Conference

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.

Book your room now!!!

You can book your room now at the Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park for the excellent rate of $99/night (plus tax) for single and double occupancy rooms. Book online (CLICK HERE; be sure to use this link for the special rate) or call their reservations line at 1-800-Red Lion and refer to this code WSLP1011. Questions? No availability? Contact MaryJean Jacob at 509-755-6644 (MaryJean.Jacob@hotel-rl.com).

Donations for Student Scholarship Raffle/Auction

As part of the annual conference, WALPA seeks 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 Board member Andrew Child by email awchild@uidaho.edu.

Want to Be a 2017 Conference Sponsor?!!!

Register here and select your sponsorship level. If you have questions, 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 2017 Secchi Disk Award!

The WALPA Board is seeking nominations for the annual Secchi Disk Award to be presented at this fall’s conference in Spokane. 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 16. Send yours today!

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