The Partnership’s technical advisory committee—the Water Resource Panel (WRP)—will convene on March 3rd from 9am-12pm for the annual Critical Low Flow Plan Snowpack Meeting, held at the WWCC Water & Environmental Center. This meeting is held each year in February as a way to set the stage for potential drought response in the upcoming year, especially for the Partnership. As many of you know, our winter snowpack in the Blue Mountains was very low last season, and the possibility for the same happening this year means there is also a comparatively high potential for a return of drought conditions.
We will be hearing from Scott Pattee from the NRCS about snowpack levels and comparing this year's data to last years, also Kirti Rajagopalan from the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources about climate change's impact on water in our basin currently and potential future effects, we will also have a representative from the Department of Ecology's drought response team. Representatives from numerous other organizations will also be present to be a part of the discussion, including: City of Walla Walla, Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council, Little Walla Walla Rivers Group, Walla Walla Community College, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Washington Water Trust, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (and this list will be updated).