Columbia River Regional Forum

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Date(s) - Friday, March 17, 2017
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Best Western Plus Hood River

1108 E Marina Way
Hood River, Oregon 97031


The purpose of this Columbia River Regional Forum is to bring planners, allied professions, policy makers and regulatory entities together to discuss this critical resource of international significance, the Columbia River.  Join a discussion about the health and vitality of the Columbia River at this one day event bringing together planners, policy makers, resource agencies, legal experts and other leaders in the areas of infrastructure, energy and water quality.  You will learn about new funding opportunities and partnership efforts to ensure the lasting economic and natural legacy of the Columbia River that we share in Washington and Oregon.

Up to 6 CM credits will be available for this forum!


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APA Member – $145
Non-Member – $175


7:30 – 8:30 am – Registration

8:30 – 9:00 am – Introduction – Oregon and Washington Governors invited

9:00 – 10:15 am – Infrastructure Panel

This session brings together key participants with both intimate knowledge and a variety of perspectives on infrastructure issues in the Columbia River Gorge. Key challenges and opportunities for the region will be identified initially by a regional planner. Successive panelists will then provide observations from their professional perspective (regional transportation planner, National Scenic Area coordinator, Port manager, regional economic development director). Issues and solutions raised by the panelist will be provocative and is designed to promote discussion and participation from the audience.


  • Dale Robins, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC)
  • Michael Williams, WSDOT Southwest Region
  • Amanda Hoey, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD)
  • Paul Koch, Port of Cascade Locks
  • Kristen Stallman, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

10:15 – 10:30 am – Break

10:30 – 11:45 am –Water for People, Environment and Economy: Managing our Finite Water Resources as Washington and Oregon Continue to Grow

The Columbia is a big river with a lot of water, but how much water do we need to accommodate our growing population, water dependent industries and recreation while protecting fish and wildlife? This session will include an overview of water supply and forecasted demand in the Columbia River watershed, a discussion on the impacts of climate change and the importance of water for business and industry.


  • Dave Christensen, Washington Department of Ecology
  • Niklas Christensen, Water Resource Engineer, Watershed Professionals Network
  • J.R. Cook, Northeast Oregon Water Association

12:00 – 1:30 pm – Keynote Lunch

Speaker – Dr. Robert (Bo) Jacobs, Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima Peace Institute

Robert Jacobs is a Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute and Hiroshima City University. He is a historian of nuclear technologies and radiation technopolitics. He is the author of The Dragon’s Tail: Americans Face the Atomic Age (2010), (also available in a Japanese translation published by Gaifusha in 2013), and the editor of Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb (2010). He is the co-editor of Images of Rupture in Civilization Between East and West: The Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media (2016), and On Hiroshima Becoming History (forthcoming, 2017). He co-edited a special issue of the journal Critical Military Studies “Re-Imagining Hiroshima” (summer 2015). Jacobs has published and lectured widely on nuclear issues around the world.

1:45 – 3:00 pm – Energy Policy and Development in the Columbia River Basin

The focus of the energy panel will be on: (1) our two states’ energy policies in relation to the Columbia River; and (2) how energy development impacts other uses along and in the river.  These inter-twined topics will also provide an opportunity to explore ecosystem impacts of energy projects that rely on the Columbia River resource, as well as intergovernmental coordination between our states, with the federal government and Sovereign Nations.


  • Birgit Koehler, Bonneville Power Administration, Power and Operations Planning Group
  • Tony Usibelli, Washington Department of Commerce
  • Lauren Goldberg, Staff Attorney, Columbia Riverkeeper
  • Todd Cornett, Oregon Department of Energy, Assistant Director for Energy Facility Siting

3:00 – 3:15 pm – Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm – Closing Session – Tying It All Together

5:00 – 6:00 pm – No Host Happy Hour


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Hood River, OR 97031

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