Washington Water Trust

Working to restore our state's rivers and streams.

Thursday, September 19

6:00pm, Methow Valley Water 2066 Community Workshop

Water 2066 - You are Invited!

The Methow Watershed Council (MWC) is inviting all interested individuals to attend one of two Community Workshops to learn from the community what is desired for the future of water in the Methow Valley. At the workshops, there will be a short presentation followed by interactive workshop stations geared toward gathering from community members as much detail of their vision as possible. This effort will include water use and management questions developed by MWC.

The Community Workshops will be held two nights in a row to allow as many people to come as possible. The workshops will be held at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, on Wednesday September 18, 2019 and Thursday September 19, 2019. The event will begin at 6:00 P.M. The content, format, and information presented will be the same for both nights. No RSVP is required. 

Water 2066: A Vision for the Methow. How do we see our valley fifty years from now? How do we envision the future of agriculture? Tourist services? Growth? How do we proceed and honor our commitments to fish and wildlife?

All of these things depend on clean, available water. Water use and water rights continue to be a difficult subject to discuss, and often result in litigation if the opposing sides cannot find middle ground. The Methow Watershed Council is developing the Water 2066: A Vision for the Methow Project in an effort to step back from the current water use disputes and plan for the future.

The goal of these workshops is for community members to tell MWC about their long-term vision for water use and management in the Methow Valley.  The results of this community visioning exercise will be provided to governments, regulatory agencies, sovereign tribes, and NGOs to inform water management plans and actions by those entities charged with that task.

Objectives of the project:

  • Identify specific areas where community members agree and disagree about the water supply vision for the Methow Valley going forward;
  • Identify pathways to reconcile disagreements within the community and stakeholders;
  • Identify significant challenges to implementing each shared value;
  • Determine the next steps needed to make the identified vision a reality.
Please contact Ashley Thrasher with questions or to request further information.
 
The Water 2066 Initiating Committee has been meeting since June 2017. Project work is now underway, with a final report for the project will be complete by March 31, 2020. Stay tuned to learn how to be involved – We want to hear your voice!