October 14-15, 2020
Location: Virtual Event
This year, due to COVID-19, the Forum was held in a virtual format. The Forum took place on October 14th and 15th, 2020.
About the Forum
The 2020 Forum was the third of a three-year series intended to help advance our collective knowledge about current spill prevention and response policies and practices in place in Washington State and B.C. It was hosted by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and was a non-voting and non-decision-making entity.
The goal of the 2020 Forum was to celebrate the final year; exchange information to enhance oil spill prevention, preparedness and response to minimize impact of oil spills to the Salish Sea (the shared waters of Washington and British Columbia), and identify next steps needed to keep momentum.
Session 1 Video
- Dale Jensen, Spills Program Manager, WA Dept. of Ecology
- Laurel Nash, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (pdf, 1MB)
Session 2 Video
- Nhi Irwin, Statewide Resourced Section Manager, WA Dept of Ecology (pdf, 26.4 MB)
- Councilman Chad Bowechop, Makah Tribal Council, Makah Tribe & Haley Kennard, Natural Resource Policy Analyst, Makah Tribe (pdf, 39.4 MB)
Session 3 Video
Session 4a Video
- Jaimie Bever, Executive Director, State of Washington Board of Pilotage Commission (pdf, 10.9 MB)
- JD Leahy, Maritime Risk Modeling Specialist, WA Dept. of Ecology (pdf, 3.3 MB)
- Senator Joe Williams, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (pdf, 4 MB)
Session 4b Video
- Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, Spills Preparedness Section Manager, WA Dept. of Ecology (pdf, 7.5 MB)
- Todd Woodard, Director, Natural Resources, Samish Indian Nation (pdf, 7.4 MB)
- Kristine Gatzke, Referrals Coordinator, Pacheedaht First Nation (pdf, 11.1 MB)
Session 4c Video
- Tim Brewer, Senior Reservation Attorney, Tulalip Tribes (pdf, 5.9 MB)
- Tom Ehrlichman, Attorney, Special Counsel to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (pdf, 3.4 MB)
About the Oil Spill Task Force
The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force is pleased to work with its member jurisdictions, Washington and British Columbia, in coordinating and facilitating the Salish Sea forums. The Task Force has been supporting transboundary coordination for nearly 30 years, and continues to look for opportunities to advance ideas, share information and foster collaboration across the shared waters of US and Canada.