The Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) has various programs for member counties that specialize in certain policy areas affecting Washington State. Click on the program links to learn more about the individual programs, staff and membership requirements for each program that is supporting the 39 counties in Washington State.
The purpose of the Coastal Counties Caucus is to:
The 14 counties comprising the Coastal Counties Caucus are Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Kitsap, Island, San Juan, Grays Harbor and Pacific.
Specific Objectives and Responsibilities of the Group:
Brynn Brady provides contract staff support to counties involved in this Program. Brynn can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Columbia River Caucus provides a forum for County Commissioners within the Columbia River Basin to interact, discuss, engage and partner with the Washington State Department of Ecology in the implementation of the Columbia River Basin Water Supply Development Program.
RCW 90.90 was adopted by the 2006 legislature and provides the framework for implementing the Columbia River Basin Water Management Program. It directs Ecology to aggressively pursue development of water supplies to benefit both instream and out-of-stream uses through storage, conservation and voluntary regional water management agreements. Specifically, RCW 90.90.020 stipulates that the primary focus for the Program are:
WSAC has been involved in the Program since its creation. WSAC also seeks to include designated watershed planning units (under RCW 90.82) and Ground Water Management Units (under RCW 90.44) adjacent to the Columbia River to interact, discuss, engage, and partner with the Washington State Department of Ecology in the implementation of the Columbia River Water Management Program.
Ecology has formed a Policy Advisory Group (CR-PAG), made up of a broad group of stakeholders interested in water supply issues in Eastern Washington, to advise it on implementation of the Program. County commissioners have four seats on the CR-PAG. The CR-PAG has been meeting since the program was initiated and has provided valuable insights to Ecology.
As of December 2020, WSAC’s county commissioner members of the CR-PAG are:
Four alternates have been appointed to participate in CR-PAG meetings when the regular members are not available. These alternates are:
Each member of a Legislative Body from a County in Eastern Washington (defined for these purposes as all counties above Bonneville Dam) may participate in the Columbia River Caucus. Typically, member counties designate one commissioner per county to participate. Additionally, it is expected that the Washington State Department of Ecology will provide consistent attendance and leadership from the Office of the Columbia River with support from other divisions as necessary.
Specific Objectives and Responsibilities of the Commissioner’s PAG:
The Commissioners’ PAG meets 4-6 times per year to carry out these tasks.
Neil Aaland provides staff support to counties involved in this caucus. Neil can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (360) 791-8905.
Timber Counties Caucus is to create a forum for County Commissioners, County Council Members, County Executives and county staff within the 29 Timber Counties to interact, discuss, engage and recommend WSAC positions on issues relating to:
Each member of a Legislative Body, the County Executives and their designees are from one of the 29 Timber Counties that includes:
Asotin, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Yakima.
Paul Jewell (WSAC) provides staff support to counties involved in this Committee. Paul can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (509) 929-1943.