WWWMP is seeking applicants for open positions on the Board of Directors.
Six positions on the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership Board, three primary positions and three alternates, will be subject to appointment for a two-year term beginning in February 2018. We are seeking volunteer applicants for the CITIZEN-AT-LARGE, ENVIRONMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE and WATER RIGHT HOLDER member positions. The organization, membership requirements, and application process are described below.
BACKGROUND. In 2009, the Washington State Legislature unanimously approved the Partnership as a ten-year pilot program. Codified by Revised Code of Washington 90.92, the bill provided the Walla Walla Basin with an unprecedented opportunity to meet water management challenges with locally-driven solutions. The Partnership's cooperative approach includes local shared-governance and groundbreaking tools to address the complex problems of low stream flows, endangered fish populations, and competing water demands.
Recognized by the Department of Ecology in 2009, the Partnership focuses on managing water so that people, rivers, farms, and fish can all continue to share this valuable resource long into the future. The Partnership’s authority under RCW 90.92 is designed to contribute to the restoration of streamflow for salmon recovery, while maintaining the availability of water for out-of-stream uses, such as agriculture and municipal water. The Partnership’s local approach encourages water conservation by allowing flexibility in how water is withdrawn, conveyed, and applied to out-of-stream uses. The innovative, voluntary nature of this program originates from the belief that the key to augmenting stream flows is for water users to enjoy greater flexibility beyond conventional management options.
As defined in legislation, the Partnership’s nine-member Board includes six Board members from each of the planning area initiating entities: Walla Walla County, Columbia County, the City of Walla Walla, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Gardena Farms Irrigation District #13, and a representative jointly appointed by the Walla Walla County and Columbia Conservation Districts. In addition, the Board includes three at-large Board member positions representing water users, environmental interests, and all citizens, plus three alternates for these positions. The at-large Board positions are appointed by the six Board members from the initiating entities. All Board members serve a two-year term, assuming the authorities, duties, and responsibilities entailed in RWC 90.92.
MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS. Interested applicants for Board positions must meet the legislative requirements for membership, including:
MUST be a resident of the planning area (see map and description of planning area below).
MUST comply with provisions relevant to the specific desired position--holding a water right for the Water Rights Holder or representing a local resource or ecological interest for the Environmental Representative.
The Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership Planning Area comprises the Washington portion of the Walla Walla watershed, including the mainstem Walla Walla River, Mill Creek, and the Touchet River and their tributaries in parts of Walla Walla and Columbia counties. The Planning Area is defined as the intersection of Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 32 defined by the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the USGS Hydrological Unit Code (HUC) 17070102. The Planning Area is generally represented by the map below, but any official boundary determinations are based on a Planning Area GIS file to be maintained by the Board.
In addition to the legislative requirements, additional membership criteria and characteristics may be established by the Board.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To be considered as an applicant for any at-large Board position, please submit a signed application no later than January 19, 2018. All eligible applications will be subject to review for appointment by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership. The Board and its staff or agents may request to conduct an interview or seek additional information from Board applicants. Applications will become public information upon receipt by the Partnership, and the receipt of a Board member application does not constitute an offer to serve or guarantee of appointment to the Board.
Please submit your signed application materials to Chris Hyland at:
Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership
WWCC Water and Environmental Center
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Questions should be directed to Chris Hyland, Executive Director at (509) 524-5217 or email@example.com.