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WATERLINE - December, 2017

Oregon and Washington join forces again!

Mark your calendars for the 2018 OLA/WALPA Joint Lakes Conference in Portland

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!!!