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Project Title: Long-term Management of the Spirit Lake/Toutle River System in Southwest, Washington

PIN: DELS-BESR-15-03         

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Environmental Change and Society
Water Science and Technology Board
Board on Earth Sciences & Resources

Magsino, Sammantha

Subject/Focus Area:
Behavioral and Social Sciences; Earth Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Environment and Environmental Studies; Policy for Science and Technology; Resilience; Transportation and Infrastructure

Long-term Management of the Spirit Lake/Toutle River System in Southwest, Washington
August 3, 2016 - August 5, 2016
Red Lion Hotel Kelso-Longview
510 Kelso Drive
Kelso, WA 98626

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Courtney Gibbs
Phone: 202.334.2743


Committee on Long-Term Management of the Spirit Lake/Toutle River System, Southwest Washington
National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Meeting 2: August 3-5, 2016

Red Lion Hotel Kelso-Longview
510 Kelso Drive
Kelso, WA 98626


Day 1: Wednesday August 3, 2016

CLOSED SESSION & Breakfast – 8:00 am- 9:00 am – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY Small Room

09:00 am -12:00 pm OPEN SESSION Ballroom

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions and Plan for the Day
Greg Baecher, NAE, Committee Chair

9:15 am Summary of Statement of Task and Setting the Stage
Sammantha Magsino, Academies Staff

9:25 am Decision Support Frameworks—how a framework might look

9:55 am BREAK

Panel Discussions with parties interested and effected by management of Spirit Lake and the Toutle River: Concerns and Priorities for Management

10:10 am Panel #1 – regional and local government organizations
• TBD, Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners
• Ashley Helenberg, Port of Longview
• Ernie Schnabler, Cowlitz County Emergency Management

LUNCH – 11:40 PM-12:40 PM

12:40 pm Panel #2 – Private sector representatives
• Greg Drew, Drew’s Grocery, Toutle
• TBD, Timber industry
• TBD, local chamber of commerce

2:10 pm Break

2:20 pm Panel #3 –Non-profit organizations
• TBD, Gifford-Pichot Task Force
• Gene Crocker, Cowlitz Game and Anglers Club
• Ray Yurkewycz, Mount St. Helens Institute
• Claudia Hunter, Toutle Valley Community Association

3:50 Break

4:00 pm Stakeholder Panel #4 – State and Tribal Agencies
• Nathan Reynolds, Natural Resources Department, Cowlitz Nation
• Steve Ogden, Pacific-Cascade Region, WA Department of Natural Resources
• Dave Howe, Regional Habitat Program, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife
• TBD, Washington Department of Transportation

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM CLOSED SESSION and Light Dinner (Committee and Staff Only) Small Room

6:00 pm Doors Open and Public Comment Sign-up Begins
(First come, first serve, in person basis)

Light Refreshments Served

6:30 pm Introduction and Welcome Greg Baecher and Sammantha Magsino

6:40 pm The Academies – An Introduction Sammantha Magsino

6:45 pm Open Comment Period – Sign-up Required
**Signup is required and comment time is limited to 3 minutes. Total number of speakers limited to approximately 50.

Day 2: Thursday August 4, 2016

CLOSED SESSION & Breakfast – 8:00 am- 8:30 am – COMMITTEE AND STAFF ONLY Small Room

08:30 am -12:00 pm OPEN SESSION Ballroom

8:30 am Presentations on Natural Hazards

10:00 Break

10:15 Alternatives to Managing the Spirit Lake/Toutle River System
• Alternatives to the Spirit Lake Drainage System
• Alternatives to long term sediment management

12:15 pm -1:45 pm Working Lunch
Discussion with all: Consequences associated with the various alternatives


Day 3: Friday August 5, 2016

8:00 am-3:00 pm CLOSED SESSION [Committee and Staff Only]

This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this and other public meetings to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time; no recommendations will be made. The committee will deliberate its conclusions and recommendations thoroughly before writing its draft report. The draft report will go through a rigorous review by experts, and the committee will respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academy's Report Review committee before it is released to the sponsors and public.

Individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion presently, or as it may evolve in the course of the project. Observers who draw conclusions about the committee's work based on today's discussions will be doing so prematurely. Inferences about an individual's position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report are also premature.

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
Gregory Baecher
John Boland
Thomas Dunne
Youssef Hashash
John Kupfer
Ning Lu
Basil Stumborg
Kathleen Tierney
Desiree Tullos
Greg Valentine (participating remotely)

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
*Summarized open session activities, information needs, and strategies to get that information.
*Components of an applicable decision framework
*Plans for 3rd meeting

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
No written documents were made available to the committee during the closed sessions.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: August 31, 2016