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Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee Wants to Hear From You

Regional Water Organization Launching Google Poll Within the Basin

The Palouse – The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee (PBAC) ensures a long-term, quality water supply for the Palouse Basin region. They are conducting a Google Poll to gather a baseline of local water understanding, water use, and water values from residents on the Palouse.

To participate, visit our website ( or go to this link: The poll will run from September 8 to October 6 and is open to anyone living on the Palouse. As an incentive to participate, PBAC is giving away a $100 Avista Housewarming Gift Certificate. The gift certificate will be given to one lucky person who takes the survey and enters their email.
Follow all our social media because the winner is expected to be announced on social media by October 8. Facebook @palousebasinaquifercommittee , Instagram @palousebasinaquifercommittee , and Twitter @palousebasinaq1.

“As part of PBAC’s “Conserve, Stabilize, Thrive” campaign, it’s important to inform our communities of ways to conserve water, the work being done to stabilize aquifer water levels, and ultimately ensure our residents will thrive in the years ahead,” notes Korey Woodley, PBAC Executive Manager.

Additionally, PBAC recently established a Stakeholder Engagement Group (SEG) to engage with the community members while working towards stabilizing the aquifer. The SEG provides input to PBAC through ongoing dialogue among a broad range of interested parties, focusing mainly on the four water supply alternatives with associated engineering and environmental evaluations and analyses, research activities, and public involvement efforts.

PBAC uses a collaborative, data-driven approach to provide strategic long-term water supply solutions for the Palouse Basin and is comprised of the cities of Moscow and Pullman, Latah, and Whitman counties as well as Washington State University and the University of Idaho. As the Palouse Basin’s groundwater authority, they are committed to researching, analyzing, and providing unbiased data and solutions to our communities regarding our region’s water supply issues.

To learn more about PBAC and the important work underway, visit:



When: OCTOBER 6th, 2021 (10:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and OCTOBER 7th, 2021 (10:30 AM to 4:50 PM, followed by a virtual Happy Half Hour, 4:50 PM to 5:20 PM)

On October 6 and 7, 2021 the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association will host a virtual conference on: “Transboundary Water Resources Management and Water Marketing Trends.” This year’s Keynote address will be presented by Robert W. Sandford. Bob holds the Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UNWater in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals. Bob is also the author, co-author or editor of over 30 books on topics including the history and water resources of the Canadian Mountain West.

Sessions for day one of this two day event will highlight interagency management in the Spokane, Palouse, and Walla Walla River Basins. The Spokane and Walla Walla basin sessions will address ways of maintaining river flows under water stress situations. The Palouse Basin session focuses on the declining water levels in the aquifer serving the University communities of Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington.

Day two sessions will include International considerations for the management of the Columbia River including elements of the current negotiations of the Columbia River Treaty and US Tribal and Canadian First Nations efforts to reintroduce salmon above Grand Coulee Dam and the proposed temperature TMDI for the Columbia. Day 2 will also cover recent developments on salmon recovery on the Snake River and Trends in Water Marketing.

A unique feature this year will be two presentations by former Washington Section Fellowship winners.

Early bird registration for this information packed event is $35; late registration will be $50. Mark you calendar now so you don’t miss this conference (registration will open soon).

Also: please submit your poster presentations.  New to our conference this year, we’re offering attendees the opportunity to submit posters, which will be shared with other attendees via Whova in a “virtual room”.  If you’re interested in submitting a poster, please email Katherine Ryf at

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